sina

2022-03-11

With a penchant for off-kilter drum and bass, bass, dub and dubstep, sina meticulously curates sets that mix and match elements of atmospheric trip hop, murky post-DnB and the mischievous 2-step sounds of the 90/00s. Witnessing sina grace the decks at Inward Goods festival was a nostalgic luxury - I felt like I’d stepped into some form of magical Y2k swamp party, where only the best of early 2000s drum and bass were being thrown down. Sina’s contributions to the community extend beyond the decks and into the realm of party planning and label curation (Secret World) whilst also forming ⅓ of the band dregs. Sina’s bass-centric Framework parties create a much needed bro-free zone, an inclusive space for us lovers of the high energy sounds that sina is becoming so well known for. sina joined me to celebrate for episode 156 and 3 years of Passing Notes with a deep, dubby guest mix and written interview: sina Interview Penny: The sina sound touches on off-kilter drum and bass, dub, dubstep and the mischievous 2-step sounds of the 90/00s. Despite moving around bass-leaning sounds, there’s an strong and overarching affinity to drum and bass. What is it about drum and bass that draws you to it?  sina: Firstly I love the tempo. Around 170 bpm, it keeps me energised and is so fun to dance to. You can go half time, or hit every beat and keep extremely engaged. I also like the way it feels in the body. It can sound dark and heavy, but still so fun and uplifting for me. Like you said, I do move around bass leaning sounds like dubstep and breaks, but something always draws me back to dnb. Penny: I have great respect for your ability to present energetic and varied sets whilst also showing restraint and sticking within a particular sound - a great balance between sticking with the sina sound and elements of surprise for the crowd to enjoy. Tell us how you do it? sina: Thank you! For one, I spend hours looking for music, and have so many playlists with so many tracks dedicated to different styles. Within all these styles however I feel like they share commonalities for the specific sound that resonates with me. When Djing, I always try to read the crowd's energy and cater to that, whilst not compromising my sound. I’m also not afraid to give the crowd a break. Dnb is so high energy, so playing slammers one after another can be too exhausting for the dancefloor. Instead of harnessing an “all killer, no filler” approach, I try to be patient during my sets, read the crowd as best as possible, and allow for moments of rest and then moments of surprise. Penny: Your sets are meticulously curated and you can tell - I’ve been a fan of your recorded studio mixes for a while, however seeing your set live at Inward Goods really took things to another level. What changes in the way that you approach each type (studio vs club/live) of DJing? sina: Studio mixes I would say are mostly for home listening, driving around or the likes. Mine are always filled with music I love to listen to in those settings. I spend hours on my studio mixes, really focusing on the curation of the set as a whole. They allow me to hone in on music I love that wouldn't necessarily fit on a dancefloor, spanning different genres and vibes, whilst also getting creative with the direction and approach. Djing live however, my main priority is to allow the chance for people to dance and have fun. Whilst still not compromising flow and curation, I want the crowd to be having fun, dancing to and hearing music they may not necessarily get to often.  Penny: What are you usually thinking about whilst preparing for something like a festival? sina: I have played two festival sets thus far, and each time have strayed completely from what I planned. I guess there are so many variables at a festival which are harder to predict, and thus I think when approaching my next festival set, I’m going to try to prepare for anything. Whether that be a poppin busy dancefloor set, or a super quiet, chill listening set. I hope preparing for anything will save me from scrambling behind the decks, haha! Penny: You’ve been working alongside another local DJ, Nick Mac (nmez), both for some impressive back to back sets as well as your newly announced “Secret World” record label with the first release coming from Dividens. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the label? What’s your vision for the future of the label? sina: Nick and I connected one day at a random house party over love for our shared favourite producer, Polar. Since then we continue to inspire each other musically and dig deeper and deeper into the dnb realm. We shared a couple of tracks with our good friend Julian (aka Dividens), and he sent some production back inspired by the style. We were blown away and that's when we decided to start a label, named after our favourite Polar track - Secret World. The label was created mainly to create a world encompassing this specific style of dnb Nick and I are both so passionate about. We want the label to not only focus on releases, but also on DIY dnb parties and raves. We threw a launch in an abandoned bus depot over the weekend, and it was truly special, leaving us excited for the future. Our first release, Secret Garden by Dividens, will be out on the 25.03.22.  Penny: How do you find working on projects collaboratively?  sina: I love working collaboratively. Almost everything I do is collaboration - I love the opportunity to hear other perspectives and implement awesome ideas I would have never conjured myself. I also really value community and thus collaborative work is a way to engage more closely with that.  Penny: It feels like the beginning of something great for the world of sina. You’re undoubtedly destined for great things in the coming years, what's on the horizon? Have you got any other musical projects on the go at the moment?  sina: Thank you for your kind words as always! Alongside Secret World, I am also a part of Mud, a label focusing more on live, organic and gritty music. Probably my biggest focus currently is finishing up the album for my band, Dregs, which will be releasing on Mud in the coming months. You can catch us live at Inward Goods this year actually, funny full circle moment, haha! So yeah, between two labels, DJing and Dreggin, I think I will have my hands full in the coming years, which is super exciting! 

sina

2022-03-11

With a penchant for off-kilter drum and bass, bass, dub and dubstep, sina meticulously curates sets that mix and match elements of atmospheric trip hop, murky post-DnB and the mischievous 2-step sounds of the 90/00s. Witnessing sina grace the decks at Inward Goods festival was a nostalgic luxury - I felt like I’d stepped into some form of magical Y2k swamp party, where only the best of early 2000s drum and bass were being thrown down. Sina’s contributions to the community extend beyond the decks and into the realm of party planning and label curation (Secret World) whilst also forming ⅓ of the band dregs. Sina’s bass-centric Framework parties create a much needed bro-free zone, an inclusive space for us lovers of the high energy sounds that sina is becoming so well known for. sina joined me to celebrate for episode 156 and 3 years of Passing Notes with a deep, dubby guest mix and written interview: sina Interview Penny: The sina sound touches on off-kilter drum and bass, dub, dubstep and the mischievous 2-step sounds of the 90/00s. Despite moving around bass-leaning sounds, there’s an strong and overarching affinity to drum and bass. What is it about drum and bass that draws you to it?  sina: Firstly I love the tempo. Around 170 bpm, it keeps me energised and is so fun to dance to. You can go half time, or hit every beat and keep extremely engaged. I also like the way it feels in the body. It can sound dark and heavy, but still so fun and uplifting for me. Like you said, I do move around bass leaning sounds like dubstep and breaks, but something always draws me back to dnb. Penny: I have great respect for your ability to present energetic and varied sets whilst also showing restraint and sticking within a particular sound - a great balance between sticking with the sina sound and elements of surprise for the crowd to enjoy. Tell us how you do it? sina: Thank you! For one, I spend hours looking for music, and have so many playlists with so many tracks dedicated to different styles. Within all these styles however I feel like they share commonalities for the specific sound that resonates with me. When Djing, I always try to read the crowd's energy and cater to that, whilst not compromising my sound. I’m also not afraid to give the crowd a break. Dnb is so high energy, so playing slammers one after another can be too exhausting for the dancefloor. Instead of harnessing an “all killer, no filler” approach, I try to be patient during my sets, read the crowd as best as possible, and allow for moments of rest and then moments of surprise. Penny: Your sets are meticulously curated and you can tell - I’ve been a fan of your recorded studio mixes for a while, however seeing your set live at Inward Goods really took things to another level. What changes in the way that you approach each type (studio vs club/live) of DJing? sina: Studio mixes I would say are mostly for home listening, driving around or the likes. Mine are always filled with music I love to listen to in those settings. I spend hours on my studio mixes, really focusing on the curation of the set as a whole. They allow me to hone in on music I love that wouldn't necessarily fit on a dancefloor, spanning different genres and vibes, whilst also getting creative with the direction and approach. Djing live however, my main priority is to allow the chance for people to dance and have fun. Whilst still not compromising flow and curation, I want the crowd to be having fun, dancing to and hearing music they may not necessarily get to often.  Penny: What are you usually thinking about whilst preparing for something like a festival? sina: I have played two festival sets thus far, and each time have strayed completely from what I planned. I guess there are so many variables at a festival which are harder to predict, and thus I think when approaching my next festival set, I’m going to try to prepare for anything. Whether that be a poppin busy dancefloor set, or a super quiet, chill listening set. I hope preparing for anything will save me from scrambling behind the decks, haha! Penny: You’ve been working alongside another local DJ, Nick Mac (nmez), both for some impressive back to back sets as well as your newly announced “Secret World” record label with the first release coming from Dividens. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the label? What’s your vision for the future of the label? sina: Nick and I connected one day at a random house party over love for our shared favourite producer, Polar. Since then we continue to inspire each other musically and dig deeper and deeper into the dnb realm. We shared a couple of tracks with our good friend Julian (aka Dividens), and he sent some production back inspired by the style. We were blown away and that's when we decided to start a label, named after our favourite Polar track - Secret World. The label was created mainly to create a world encompassing this specific style of dnb Nick and I are both so passionate about. We want the label to not only focus on releases, but also on DIY dnb parties and raves. We threw a launch in an abandoned bus depot over the weekend, and it was truly special, leaving us excited for the future. Our first release, Secret Garden by Dividens, will be out on the 25.03.22.  Penny: How do you find working on projects collaboratively?  sina: I love working collaboratively. Almost everything I do is collaboration - I love the opportunity to hear other perspectives and implement awesome ideas I would have never conjured myself. I also really value community and thus collaborative work is a way to engage more closely with that.  Penny: It feels like the beginning of something great for the world of sina. You’re undoubtedly destined for great things in the coming years, what's on the horizon? Have you got any other musical projects on the go at the moment?  sina: Thank you for your kind words as always! Alongside Secret World, I am also a part of Mud, a label focusing more on live, organic and gritty music. Probably my biggest focus currently is finishing up the album for my band, Dregs, which will be releasing on Mud in the coming months. You can catch us live at Inward Goods this year actually, funny full circle moment, haha! So yeah, between two labels, DJing and Dreggin, I think I will have my hands full in the coming years, which is super exciting!