Zvrra: The ‘Wednesday Alternative’ Mix


Chicago-based producer Zvrra is an advocate of techno in its many forms.


Crediting the 2003 video game Midnight Club 2 as the starting point for her love of the genre, it’s since this point she’s been dreaming up her own genre-hopping productions that have ranged from industrial to tribal, ambient and house, showcasing her meticulous approach to sound and a distinct sense of texture and atmosphere.


Alongside producing and DJing, she also works in the world of video game development, a field that, when it comes to style and concepts, has continued to feed into her musical output including releases for Rare Type and Avian.

Hot on the heels of her debut LP Bizarroland, she he gets us over the midweek hump, taking us on a wild, pacy ride through diverse shades of techno. Buckle up!


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

My name is Zvrra, I’m based in the Chicago, Illinois Area and I’m a music producer and indie game developer.

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)?

It sounds like the final boss of RTYPE, the corridors of Dead Space 2 and the atmosphere of No Man’s Sky.


Where was the mix recorded?  

In Illinois at my place in the early AM about 3. 

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

At that one cool friend’s house that’s got fancy lights and a pool table. 

What should we be wearing?  

Honestly wear what you want, but all black is my go-to or dark grey.  

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

Okayama, Japan in the rural area/CDJ 2000s / Digital 

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?  

Antonio Ruscito – Composto (C) 

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?  

SNTS Dommune Mix 

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

I would go back to back with Codex Empire. Their style just resonates with me so well and I feel like it would be an awesome dark mix. I’d bring my dark tribal techno.

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

The first set up was a DDJ SB3 + PC. I still use the DDJ Sb3 and Serato. It’s a DJ controller and it does its job and I’m happy with it, I need to upgrade though. I want to upgrade to a controller or CDJ’s that are rekordbox compatible with 4Decks + 4 channels and something to let me perform live over the tracks while mixing.

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

The track you start on is the most important because it sets the vibe and direction for the mix.

What were the first and last records you bought?

The first record I bought is Not Everything To by DJ FultonoLast Record I bought is MEka – Sensaciones Oscuras (Original Mix).

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

It would taste like authentic Chinese food with delicious spices.

If it was an animal what would it be? 


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

Upcoming in the world of … 

My LP Bizzaroland is out now on all platforms. It was released the 29th of October, you’ll want to visit Avian’s bandcamp if you’d like to support it.  
Other than that, I’ve got some dark techno things on the way which will fully showcase my darker techno and experimental bass sound.

Anything else we need to discuss?

I’d just like to say shout outs to all my friends and labels that I affiliate with. Shout out to the promoters that’s not just booking the same Ol’ lineups. We are out here whether it’s a small town or a big city. Book us, get in tune with us and we got the talent and numbers. We are the next generation of Techno.