Moonilena: The ‘Shine A Light On’ Mix


Moonilena was introduced to us by Andrew at Huntleys & Palmers who rather interestingly told us a story about how he was in fact introduced to Moonilena. 

“I met Moonilena in Stockholm a few years ago. Pedrodollar told me that she plays weird music and we’d get along – and he was completely correct.”

This in itself was a fabulous introduction and automatically caught our attention, alongside how good her latest ep on the sub label Belters was. 

The Swedish producer and DJ is one to watch and looks set to release some wonderful music and that much is clear by her impeccable taste which is on display in this short, sweet mix.

Listen and read the interview below:

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

Im a audiology student, currently at home in Hökarängen south of Stockholm. Human I guess?? Or a friendly alien in disguise. 

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)? 

Where was the mix recorded?

In my living room

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

A garden

What should we be wearing?

Something comfy but pretty

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

I once played in this amphitheater in Stockholm, it was 30 degrees celsius, hot and sunny. I don’t think anything can top that. I miss playing at clubs, so a decent soundsystem would be nice, plus vinyl and nexus. I especially miss the club Hosoi that recently had to shut down due to the pandemic, where you could play a record from the beginning til the end whilst your friends sat in big couches listening.

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

Gossamer Silk by Pauline Anna Strom

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

‘SUMMER SO SAD I DON’T CARE’ by Mai Nestor. All her mixes are good but this was the first one I heard. A friend played it to me when we had a slow summer day at our old job at a warehouse, packing boxes. 

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

Myself 10 years ago! I hope I’m better now but my younger me would probably have more fun so it would be a good match.

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

Some ancient Numark players that I bought in a package, it chewed up all my CD’s. Now some Technics clone for vinyl and Pioneer. 

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

The ones in between, but I always save the best ones til the end and regret it. 

What were the first and last records you bought?

My first CD was Aaliyah ‎– One In A Million, I must have been around 8?? My last one was Four Legs ‎– SO-001. I think it’s inspired by their dogs. 

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

Gino, it’s a dessert originating in Stockholm that consists of fruit and berries, white chocolate and ice cream.

If it was an animal what would it be?

A sunbathing lizard

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

Sonja Tofik – Anomi, it’s really in it’s own amazing universe and nothing else fits in it.   

Upcoming in the world of Moonilena? 

A new record!

Anything else we need to discuss?

I don’t think so.

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