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Besides being one of the brains behind Stockholm based booking agency Esperanto Music, Nadja Chatti happens to be one of the highest regarded selectors within the Swedish dance music scenes.

We at Discobelle can premiere her fantastic sounding and exclusive podcast/mix (her first in almost 4 years, the mix was recorded during Esperantos label night at Stockholm club Under Bron earlier this year) for the Under Bron podcast series.

We were also able to briefly chat with Nadja:

Hi Nadja, first off can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a half-Finnish, half-Tunisian social genius who was born into this world to make it a better place to live. I love being around people and try to work it as much as I simply can. Besides that I’m currently employed at Universal Music Publishing where I work with synchronization, which means we’re placing music in the world of films, TV-series, documentaries and advertisement.

– You co-founded the agency Esperanto Music, could you indulge us on the background story of the agency?

We needed a union-like head quarter for young local talents to help them become better DJ’s and musicians without having to force them to hustle their way into the business. Me and Johanna (Schneider) are their helping hands, we provide guidance with the industry.

No but seriously, we basically help them with everything from invoices and contracts to gigs and pep talks.

One thing that Kornél Kovács taught me was to always demand a decent salary. Partly because of your own personal value, but also because the industry needs to wake up and realize that DJ’ing is an occupation and people do deserve to get paid. As a DJ you tend to give so much of yourself to the people in the room, and most of the times you get out from there totally exhausted. Happy, but exhausted. It’s tough.

– We know that this is your first mix in 3-4 years, how come you had a hiatus from doing mixes, just busy with other projects or a conscious decision?

I really don’t like to be in the center of attention. I prefer posting and sharing music from other artists and DJ’s. Recording a mix helps me to promote myself and the music that I love so much. It’s a part of my soul. But I prefer working with music from ”behind the scenes” or live in a room with a nice atmosphere.

– Please tell us a little about the mix?

I started to dig after those gems that’s been with me the past year but it ended up very spontaneous and basically follows the dance floor from where this was recorded. Live from Under Bron in Stockholm where I played before Bella Sarris and Per Hammar.

– Future plans?

My plan is to continue being a DJ as long as people want me here. I’ll probably never fight for it more than necessary. Meanwhile, I will always try to contribute to make Stockholm a better city – both in the music context and outside of it.

We here at Discobelle are collaborating with Swedish premier electronic music festival Into The Valley for the second year running, 2016 will be second year of the festival and it will be held July 29-30 in the stunning setting of Dalhalla (a former lime quarry turned amphitheater). The concept of Into The Valley is to shed light on some of the most talented artists within the electronic music scene.

This years spectacular lineup includes: Abdulla Rashim, Abelle, Axel Boman, Baba Stiltz, Bella Sarris, Ben Klock, Ben Ufo, Bicep, Black Madonna, Charlotte Thorstvedt, Damian lazarus, Daniele Baldelli, Dixon, DJ Clea, DJ Tennis, Dorisburg (live), Ellen Allien, Four Tet (live), Fred P, Fredrik Stjärne & Cindy Norrby, G-Ha & Olanskii, George Fitzgerald, Gerd Janson, Gidge (live), Haidl & Lindstrøm, Honey Dijon, Hunee, Jamie Principle, Janina, Jeff Mills, Jenny Seth & Love Lagerberg, Joel Mull, Johanna Schneider, John Talabot, Joy Orbison, Kerri Chandler, Kim Ann Goxman, Kink, Kornél Kovács, La Fleur, Levon Vincent, Majkel, Mano Le Tough, Marcel Dettmann, Martin Kling, Maya Lourenço, Mirja, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Move D, Mr Tophat & Art Alfie, Nadja Chatti, Nastia, Nils Schéle, Nina Kraviz, Olof Uhlin, Omar S, Paranoid London, Per Hammar, Praslea, Prins Thomas, Raresh, Ricardo Villalobos, Rollerboys, Roman Flügel, Rødhåd, Sonja Moonear, Tama Sumo, Tini, Tornado Wallace, Young Marco and Zip.

We are proud to present an exclusive competition for two tickets to the festival, just answer this question: How many stages are there at the festival? and send an e-mail to: holla@discobelle.net with “Into The Valley” in the subject line. You have until June 28th.

And as an added bonus, Nils Schéle – a prolific Stockholm based dj – did this exclusive mix of grooved out awesomeness that serves as a prelude to the Into The Valley extravaganza this summer. Nils chose some of the tracks he likes to play at the moment and recorded the mix live in his living room. He suggests you listen to the mix to get in the right mood for the party.

Swedish festival Into The Valley has already been named one of the top festivals in the world and it hasn’t even taken place yet, it’s a two day celebration of electronic music where Dalhalla – a former limestone quarry and one of the most unique venues in Sweden – is rebuilt to an open air club. The festival takes place from July 31st to August 2nd in Dalhalla, outside of Rättvik which is located about 280 kilometres from Stockholm and tickets are available here. Artists performing includes Four Tet, Mount Kimbie, Nicolas Jaar, Ricardo Villalobos, John Talabot, Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Âme,
Axel Boman, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Nina Kraviz, Ida Engberg, Benoit & Sergio, Genius Of Time, Dixon, Kim Ann Foxman, Baba Stiltz, Kornel Kovacs etc.

Into The Valley takes the pulse of the city to the heart of the forest. By being an extension of previous projects the club feeling is intact, though the context is different. An urban club environment is recreated, and maximized while sound, machinery and lineup aligns with Dalhalla’s majestic backdrop of trees, water and sky. The limestone quarry transforms into a stew of deep electronics and artificially created light warped far from its original destination. Into The Valley is a dream come true for everyone involved, and expectations are high.

We here at Discobelle have teamed up with the organizers Segren Hedlund and will present exclusive mixes from some of the performing artists in the weeks leading up to the festival, first out we have an amazing mix from Stockholm dj/producer Jessie Granqvist who gives us 58 minutes of dark and brooding techno, perfect to listen to in the summer heat.

Kornél Kovacs was born in Stockholm and grew up listening to his Hungarian parents’ Kraftwerk tapes while taking drum, piano and singing classes, fell in love with jungle at the early age of 10 and started djing professionally three years later. Back in 2006 Kornél started throwing parties in his hometown, playing at clubs and festivals all around Sweden as well as in Tokyo, Mexico City, New York, London, Barcelona, Berlin and wherenot. He then began hosting the highly influential P3 Dans show on Swedish national radio, partook in the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy and played a smashing peak time set for a packed Sónar By Day stage in 2009 and continued his quest for world dominance with starting the record label/dj trio/love thang Studio Barnhus together with Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist.

Last year year he started the Puss label together HNNY and now we get his new vinyl only single “1985 Edits” which is basically three stupid fresh edits of tracks from the year he was born, to celebrate the release we here at Discobelle got an exclusive mix recorded live in the basement of the Marie Laveau club in Stockholm that takes on a booming ride through the Kornel soundscape of dirty techno, smooth house and raved up sounds.

BONUS: As an exclusive download, Kornél graciously gave us the cozy, heartfelt and pianobased B-side track “Björn”. Enjoy!

Before Monday Comes is a new video series by Boxfresh and Noisey where British DJ Dismantle travels the world to check out club life and club culture in various cities such as Stockholm, New York, London, Berlin and Beijing to meet up with local dj’s, promoters and try out the club scene.

The first episode sees Dismantle meet Kornel Kovacs, Lina Lundemo, Y+M along with British dj Jackmaster (who played at Berns Gallery 2.35:1). The second episode airs July 4th and will also focus on Stockholm.

Carlsberg Unbottle Åre 2012 from Cuepoint Studios on Vimeo.

Carlsberg is throwing one giant party in Swedish ski resort Åre March 30th-April 1st with some top class Swedish techno dj’s. Check the teaser video by Cuepoint Studios above.

Full lineup:

Axel Boman (Studio Barnhus)
Özgür Can (Liebe / My Disco Preset)
La Fleur (Power Plant Records)
Kornél Kovács (Studio Barnhus)
DJ Nibc (Trunkfunk)
Petter Nordkvist (Studio Barnhus)
Genius Of Time (Aniara Recordings)
Niklas Paus (Liebe /Tanzbar)
Uniforms For The Dedicated
Andreas Höistad (F12)
Jola Bola (Liebe)