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Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
by Christina Li on Jul 30, 2010
Originally born and raised in Seattle and now residing in Berlin, Camea is a well-known international producer and DJ, blazing her way through the techno scene. Since going to her first DJ event in 1997 and seeing the crowd come alive, she knew that music was going to become her world. As co-founder of Clink Recordings, she keeps busy with radio shows and international tours. Reaching out to SF Station from Berlin, Camea shares her current projects and ideas. Catch her at Kontrol at The EndUp on August 7th.
SF Station (SFS): What was the idea behind Clink Recordings?
Camea (C): Clink is an ever-evolving art project that we started in 2005. Most of us on the label have a very deep, psychedelic connection to music, and I think we are always making tracks that define our experiences in the audience and during our performances. We are also very connected to each other, as we have all been good friends for so long, and we influence each other a lot in our sounds.
I suppose the basic fundamentals of Clink are the fusion of friendship, music and graphic art, which have been the three building blocks of the label since the beginning.
SFS: As a woman in the techno DJ world, do you think it's easier or harder to get respect?
C: It has its advantages and disadvantages. Since there is such a smaller amount of women techno DJs, it is probably a bit easier to define yourself. However, since it is mostly men and groups of men working together (it's often referred to as the "boys club"), it's more difficult to get taken seriously at a higher level as a woman. Festivals are a great example of this, as there are usually one or two women booked at a festival compared to twenty men, and unfortunately there is not a large variety of women that get those two spots. It's usually one of the same few.
SFS: What has been a big learning experience in your career?
C: Clink has definitely been my biggest learning experience. When it first started we had a simple idea: "Let's put out our music!" But then after we had already gotten things going, I discovered the insane amount of work involved to run a successful record label.
There were a few times when I wanted to give up because it seemed so difficult, but I love the project so much that I couldn't bring myself to do it and I stuck it out. I am so thankful that I did. We are on our 21st release and I am so proud of everything we have accomplished.
SFS: How have you managed to get the entire multimedia experience incorporated in your live shows?
C: This Winter, Alexi Delano and I did our first beta tour with getting some of our own visual-motion graphic pieces designed to have VJ'd during our shows. The graphics were from pieces of Clink artwork, and our idea was to bring them to life by adding motion to them. It went really well, but I had to put the project on hold while we have been developing some other new projects, like Tim Xavier's recent album and upcoming CD, and our new web store, which will be launching in November. Hopefully I will be able to get back to it after that.
SFS: Having studios around the world must be nice! How do you choose where to record?
C: Well, my personal studio is in Berlin as well as the main mastering studio for Clink, which is at Tim Xavier's office in Kreuzberg. Some of the artists on the label live in Brooklyn, so we all have this apartment/studio share thing going on. We basically all work on music in each other's studios between both cities, and the recording happens wherever we are by chance.
SFS: Anything you're looking forward to in San Francisco?
C: Playing Kontrol with Marcel Dettmann, it's going to be amazing! I can't wait!
Visit Camea online at http://www.myspace.com/c4me4
by Christina Li on Jul 30, 2010