Mayashiba Live @ Techno Breakfast – LINE OUT: VOL #4


Continuing our Work Them 'Takeover' this week; French born Berlin resident Mayashiba takes us on a Line Out: Live from Techno Breakfast earlier this year… we found out a bit more about Mayashiba and the mix below.
Dan Beaumont from Dance Tunnel – you might have heard of him – asked Maya some Q's about Berlin whilst we asked her the usual mix nonsense to go with. You'll spot Dan's Q's, they're the good ones… and the fact they have his name before them.

Better get the mix on first then…


Please introduce yourself…

Who are you: my name is Mayashiba, I was born and raised in Paris but have been living in Berlin for the last 4 years.

Dan: Summer or winter in Berlin?

Both! Berlin the winter is more about party hard, it’s cold and nobody want to leave the club. And Berlin the summer is completely another town. It’s more about enjoying the city, park, lake, BBQ, drink on a terrace, outdoors parties. I really love the peaceful atmosphere in the city during spring and summer.

D: What’s your favourite Work Them release?

If I have to pick one I would say the last one of Spencer Parker “Spacial” and “Faster Forward” I know you will think I’m biased but it is really a great release. I like the idea of having a Techno track on one side and a House track on the other, like Spencer did. I’m deeply in love with Techno and House so for me to have both styles in 1 vinyl it’s great!

D: Where are your favourites places to pick up records?

I mainly go to The Record Loft and Hardwax. They are both 5 mins walk from my house so it’s really easy for me (yes I’m very lucky). There is also a little record shop call 180gr near my house that I like to visit. And then of course there's Spacehall, Decks, Discogs….

D: Which legendary DJs and producers would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

If it’s all fantasy then I would love to have a dinner with Larry Levan and I wld ask Keith Haring to join us. After few glasses of wine I would probably ask Keith to draw on the wall of my house.  Another dinner that I would really love to have, would be with Jeff Mills but this one is still possible!

D: If your apartment was on fire and you could only save three of your records… what would they be?

By the time I find my 3 favourites records in my mess I would have already burned! πŸ˜‰ 

D: What do you miss about Paris? Has Concrete saved Parisian nightlife?

I definitely miss my friends and the food! When I left Paris, nothing really interesting was happening. Rex was the main one but it was not enough. It was very difficult to find a good venue in Paris to make parties without having the police shutting it down for no reason or neighbours complaining because people have to smoke outside and make noise. I think Concrete guys did really great and have probably a lot to do with the come back of an interesting nightlife in Paris. Their line ups are really interesting, they take risks and they really try to pass on their love for House and Techno to the people coming to dance. After all this music is all about sharing and dancing πŸ˜‰

Where was the mix recorded? Any distinct memories about this gig.

At Techno Breakfast back in January. A crazy party with lot of friends, few people will understand πŸ˜‰


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

At home, very loud, with lots of friends!

What should we be wearing

I don’t care!


Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

I’ll say one of my all time favourite, which is Cobblestone Jazz “India me”


What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

Any mix of Larry Levan live at the Paradise Garage!

In another genre and more recent, I often listen to the boiler room mix of DVS1. He’s such a master.


If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

I would have love to play b2b with Larry Levan at Paradise Garage, also Ron Hardy or Frankie Knuckles at the Muzik Box or Warehouse. The history of House music was such an inspiration for me and all these guys seemed to be lovely. 


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

My DJ set up was 2 turntables and a regular mixer, I don’t remember the name and now it’s 2 turntables and the portable rotary mixer E&S.

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

They are both important but it also really depends when you play. If you play warm up nobody is gonna hear the first track so I wld definitely not put my secret weapon as first record. If you play peak time between 2 djs, then you want to keep people interested from your first record and finish with a nice record without putting the next dj in a bad situation, like playing at 140bpm.

Worst gig you’ve ever had. 

A party called Techno Mittwoch, long story short, they didn’t have turntables when I arrived, even though I said I play vinyl only and the promoter, was playing before me and had no idea what is Techno. Then he was sorry and invited me to play in a party few days later in a squat which I didn’t really wanted to do but the guys seemed to be very sorry and a friend of mine was doing a Live there and convinced me to play. When I arrived, the turntables weere not set-up, one turntable was on the floor full of dust in one room, the other one god knows! When they finally found and set-up the turntables, they were both broken and nothing was correctly working so I left! What a joke!

What were the first and last records you bought?

Robert Owens “Bring down the Wall” I don’t know if it was the first one but it was one of them…

The last one was D.J Funk “I’m so hi” on Dance Mania…

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

A beautiful rose Macaroon from Ladurée – (in Paris of course!)

Mayashiba plays Dance Tunnel this weekend. She has never recorded a record for the excellent Work Them.
You may have seen them a few times on the site this week.