Belia Winnewisser: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix

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Belia Winnewisser never set out to be a DJ, it just happened.

Music had always been at the core of the Zurich-based producer and musician’s life but it wasn’t until she moved in with a friend who had a DJ set up that she decided to add this to her musical ventures.

As an artist Belia’s background in Sound Arts and Contemporary Arts led her into the field of sound design, an interest that now makes up her day-to-day work at a radio station in her home city.


Outside of work she’s a composer, singer and keyboardist who, as well as writing music solo for labels like Präsens Editionen, Spa Recordings and most recently Die Orakel, is part of a handful of collaborative projects including α=f/m, a pop duo with Rolf Laureijs, and as part of indie band Silver Fir.

On this week’s mix she showcases her love of club-focused sounds, with a nod to her sound design training that begins with the blissful sounds of Sign Libra before working its way through slick house, acid and breaks from the likes of Anz, Otik and Bliss Inc.

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you

My name is Belia Winnewisser, I am a musician, producer and DJ.

I currently live in Zürich and also work as a sound designer on a radio station.

What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us? (an image from the old internet is acceptable?)

My music sounds like a rollercoaster.

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Where was the mix recorded?

At home.

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

Maybe you should go for a walk when the sunset starts.

I think it’s a good setting to be outside walking around wherever you are.

What should we be wearing?

Something comfortable.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Like a cake, with a lot of cream and berries on it.

What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?

Somewhere all my close friends could gather.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Maybe the one from Friday Dunard. I like the fact that he made this track back in 2003 when he was a teenager sat in his parent’s house and loved trance music since ever.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

I never really had a setup to DJ with. Just some records and a record player. I also never wanted to be a DJ. It started when I moved in with someone with all the equipment and I started to learn. Before that it was a total chaos when I played, I really had no idea what I was doing.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

This always changes for me. But mostly the first track I guess. In this mix I really wanted to end it with this specific track from ssaliva.

What were the first and last records you bought?

I dont remember the first one but the last was QuinzeQuinze or Caterina Barbieri. I don’t buy records that much anymore I must admit.

Upcoming in the world of Belia Winnewisser?

My new EP Mother Earth Took Poison In Her Soil on Die Orakel.