Sky Deep: The ‘Ransom Note’ Mix
There’s no two ways about it, Sky Deep is simply a jack of all trades.
In the field of music, Sky’s known as a DJ, producer, multi-instrumentalist, live artist, promoter and label owner, but beyond this she’s also a filmmaker, mentor, educator and a lover of community.
First establishing herself in New York and LA, she moved to Berlin seven years ago to continue to find new musical connections with like-minded people. It’s through this welcoming nature and passion for creating with others that she’s taken on roles as festival curator, sound engineer and promoter, as well as touring with Peaches as her MIDI director and instrumentalist.
When it comes to her own projects she’s been growing her label Reveller Records over several years. Swirling around a diverse pool of leftfield, futuristic electronics, the platform has been a space to showcase her own work and that of artists like The Knife and Borusiade.
On top of all her music work, which also includes honing her live set, she’s also been hard at work on her new streetwear collection, made up of hoodies, tees and other bespoke garms. It’s a wonder she managed to find some time in her busy schedule to record a mix for us so we’re very excited to have her on board for a 100% electro mix. To be enjoyed, as Sky suggests, with your favourite hat on under a haze of tripped-out colourful lights…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
I’m Sky Deep. Musician, DJ, Performer, Multimedia artist and lover of community. I’m pretty sure I come from a long line of extra-terrestrials. I’ve been based in Berlin for seven years.
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 butterflies, robots and funk. Technology and flesh and wild dreams.
Where was the mix recorded?
At my flat in Kreuzberg.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
In some type of trippy setting. Whatever room you’re in, put on some fun colourful lighting,
What should we be wearing?
Pull all your various hats hiding in your house… have a hat party while vibing. Try on all your sunglasses and accessories… Mix and match your outfit colors… Then play.
If you have rollerskates. Put them on!
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Funky Night Time Costume Yacht party on the Adriatic Sea. Some CDJs combined with an Allen and Heath Xone 96 plus my drum machine/sampler in sync.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Level 101 – Work it Out [label: Black Needle]
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
It’s hard for me to think of ALL time but for right now, I’m definitely nuts over this.
LSDXOXO | Boiler Room Paris: Fusion mes Couilles
If you could go back-to-back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
LSDXOXO! Because I loooove the mixture of various sounds, beats and genres in his DJ sets and music. I also like to mix it up. I think it would be so much fun spinning off each other.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
In the beginning I used various midi controllers, soundcard and Ableton Live.
Now: I decided to test the Beatport DJ app which is in BETA along with my APC40 mk2. I recorded the stereo loopback audio of my DJ set into Ableton as stereo.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
What were the first and last records you bought?
Dr. Dre – The Chronic
KPD – Most People [label: There Was Jack]
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal, what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Whew. It’s hard to pick one. I have a lot of tracks that I really enjoy but, in the end, never make it into my DJ sets. I guess they inspire me while I’m building set concepts but then sometimes don’t mix well into whatever else I might be playing in the moment.
Upcoming in the world of …
I’ve recently gotten excited about my new streetwear collection of dope hoodies, tees and other stuff. Been working a long time on it.
More new music as I get back in the studio with more focus. I’m really diving into creating live sets more often too. I LOVE performing live in dance parties.
Photo credit: Sibylle Fendt.