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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.

L.A based producer/dj Jerome LOL is gearing up for the release of his new EP “Deleted/Fool” next week on the Friends Of Friends label, he made this absolutely amazing mix for XLR8R which will undoubtedly be soundtracking our daily grind here at Discobelle HQ.

“A simple glance at the tracklist reveals that this is not the average XLR8R mix, as it’s safe to say that we’ve never had an artist throwing down tracks from 50 Cent, Adele, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, and Usher before. However, what’s truly impressive is that Jerome LOL has managed to utilize these pop-chart anthems in a way that doesn’t seem cheap or ridiculous. There’s absolutely a method to his madness, as the mix reveals a real talent for identifying and blending sounds, irrespective of whatever cultural baggage their source material may carry. Over the course of more than an hour, there’s a continual emphasis on synthesized melodies, unobtrusive (but effective) rhythms, processed vocals, and the oddly beautiful inhumanity of modern production techniques. Even when he digs deep into his archives, there’s something familiar, even comforting, about the music on offer, not to mention a real sense of continuity from one song to the next. Jerome LOL clearly understands the dynamics of today’s pop music, but he’s also quite diligent about tracing its various elements back through history; in this way, he’s something of a musical archaeologist, and perhaps that’s what makes him such a compelling figure. After all, we’re not usually big fans of international pop smashes, but in the context of Jerome LOL, we’ve found that they go down quite smooth.”

XLR8R Podcast 328: Jerome LOL (direct link)

Friday Modcast mix/podcast offering courtesy of Hamburg’s house/disco king Hamburg’s Marco Niemerski AKA Tensnake, who has just finished his new album which will drop later this year. The mix is basically:

“Just a couple of fresh tunes that I like at the moment. Oh, and it also features a new track that just came out on Monday this week. It’s called 58bpm and features Fiora, a singer from Australia now based in Berlin.”

DOWNLOAD: Modcast #151: Tensnake (direct link)

If you don’t know Smalltown DJ’s, you should be aware that they’re up there amongst the top on our dj list. Always fun, always on point and always ready to rock a party. Check out this latest mix of theirs for the Fool’s Gold Records Foolcast series.

“From the wilds of Calgary come Pete and Mike, the vinyl cowboys known to party connoisseurs the world over as Smalltown DJs. For their contribution to our esteemed Foolcast series, they’ve whipped up a non stop mix of blends ‘n more, just like the good ole days. Enjoy!”