ISNT: The ‘Wednesday Alternative’ Mix
ISNT is one of the minds behind the Polish collective Oramics, a platform which supports women, non-binary and queer people in the Eastern European electronic music scene.
Alongside fellow DJs Monster, Avtomat, dogheadsurigeri, Olivia and Mala Herba, she has been behind initiatives to help push these voices within the local scene and beyond, as well as using Oramics as a space to support important causes including Poland’s LGBTQIA+ organisations and the Kurdish resistance in Rojava, through wonderfully curated compilations.
Also moving in the world of production, she debuted in 2018 with a cassette release for UK-based label Vanity Pills, introducing us to her knack for working with abstract textures and sparse atmospheres.
With her first album set for release this year, we invited her to take control of this week’s Wednesday Alternative mix which gives us a window into what a force she is behind the decks…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you
I’m ISNT, Polish living in Basque Country in France. I’m the co-founder of Oramics, a platform to support women, non-binary and queer people in the Polish and Eastern European electronic music scene. I’m also a founder of Polish Behind The Stage collective and label.
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)?
I’ve put a lot of broken beats inside my mix, which I deeply love. It sounds like a journey into space.
Where was the mix recorded?
At my home in Bayonne.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
A place where you can disconnect from everything that distracts you and where you feel comfortable.
What should we be wearing?
What would be your dream setting to record a mix:
A room with a large window and a view of the mountains.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Fakethias – Torn_Enhanced. I’m absolutely stoned by this track.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I don’t have one favourite mix of all the time, there were a lot of them. But recently, I enjoyed listening to Fau, he played a live stream in Warsaw last week.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
LORN – he’s my favourite artist.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
My first setup was 2x Vestax PDX 2000 & Behringer DJX700.
Now I’m more into music production and I have Ableton Push 1, Casio HT-3000 & Ableton.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Both. I treat DJ mixes as a story. It must have an introduction and a conclusion.
What were the first and last records you bought?
I went to Berlin to buy my first vinyl a long time ago, I don’t remember them all exactly but The Replicant feat. Sena Cech – Hot Flash was among them. The last one HAJJ – Dédicace À Personne.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Chocolate with chilli.
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
It’s always a mess when I want to mix two tracks with a big tempo difference.
Upcoming in the world of…
My new album which is being mastered right now.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Thank you for having me!
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