FAIRBANKS — With the rise in popularity of EDM — electronic dance music — sweeping the nation, it’s no wonder it’s being more and more heard in the mainstream. Even pop artists like Rihanna, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez have embraced the hard-thumping club sounds on their latest albums.
Fairbanks gets a taste of the electro house music world Saturday when rising EDM star DJ Eva jets into Alaska for two performances, one tonight in Anchorage and the other Saturday at The Blue Loon. We recently caught up with Eva for her take on what’s changing in the genre, the scene in her home city of Seattle, what it’s like being a woman in the DJ world and what fans can expect at her performance Saturday night.
Q: You’re from Seattle and seem to have cut your club teeth there. How did you break into DJing in Seattle? How has the Seattle scene changed over the years?
A: I was spearheaded to help open a club called the Underground and started educating people about early house music, then later evolved into starting one of the first drum and bass weeklys called “Pressure.” I had tons of support but was mainly self-taught and carved my own path. Seattle has some cool festivals now, there used to only be a couple. Musically, it’s more diverse now than ever and a lot of brilliant upcoming talent.
Q: You’ve performed all over the globe: Canada, South America, Europe, Hong Kong, Korea, China, England. Where is your favorite city to perform and why?
I always enjoy playing in my home town, but love both NYC and the UK too. Every city has its own kind of magic. Fairbanks and Anchorage are becoming a fast favorite. They certainly have that magic quality, at least from my perspective.
Q: How does the club scene in Europe compare to New York City or elsewhere in the states?
It’s changed a lot over the years. Europe seemed to dictate the emerging sounds for a while, but the U.S. has really come back into its own in recent years and become a desirable place to play.
Q: Describe your sound. You have some great deep house sounds out there on the circuit. How often do you try new techniques and genres? How do you know what works and what doesn’t work for you?
Holographic. Multi-dimentional. I’m like a chameleon, always changing or a moving target. For my Mastermind radio show on the house channel for the folks at fnoob.com, I’ve focused on the best of deep house, but the show is still new and evolving. I’m known for taking huge risks and frequently experimenting across multiple genres in my live performance. I’m obsessed with discovering underground new music ranging from funky deep house to sexy bass music, bangin’ dubstep, trap and future chill eargasmic type sounds.
Q: You’ve been on stage with some legends — Paul Oakenfold, Tiesto, Felix da Housecat, for example. Who is an inspiration you would love to spin next to and why?
Pretty Lights is pretty awe inspiring. He’s a game changer. He created a brand new business model for the industry, and his sound and light shows are ridiculous.
Q: For years, DJing was a male-dominated world, but women are making their mark. You’ve got Tracy Young, Dawna Montell, Donna Nova, Eve Carey, to name a few. DJ great Dave Dresden even said, “She mixes like a boy.” Thoughts on being a woman in the DJ world?
I’ve always felt equal and never focused on it. Once I was contacted by a guy who said he could get me gigs for a lot of money, that all I would have to do is “take my clothes off,” when he said so. I could have taken the easy road a million times if I wanted to.
Q: How did you end up spinning this weekend in Alaska? What brought you back up here? You know it’s 30 below zero right now, right?
It’s the final frontier! Northern lights. Some of the most awesome people and hidden gems are in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Adam at The Blue Loon, Cat Snapp at Chilkoots and now you ;). When my dear friend Teresa Johnson first mentioned how beautiful the summers were, I told her I wouldn’t be caught dead in Alaska. But here I am again. ... 30 below. Is that some kind of record? Brrr!
If you go
What: EDM dance party at The Blue Loon featuring New York City-based DJ Eva
When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 p.m.
Where: The Blue Loon, 2999 Parks Highway
Tickets: $10 at the door
Contact Features Editor Gary Black at 459-7504 or on Twitter at @FDNMfeatures.