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Ida Engberg & Adam Beyer

Back to back with the first couple of techno

  • Words: Louise Brailey | Photos: Daniella Midenge
  • 10 July 2015
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Meanwhile, their first daughter made an appearance. Then the second. Then the third. One look at Engberg's Instagram (beautiful sprogs in luxe hotel rooms and by the lake) suggests they're doing a pretty tight job of maintaining the work/life balance. However, bringing the two together hasn't always been easy, especially when she was expecting. "For me, coming to a gig was always connected with having a cigarette and a drink. Suddenly it was like – pfff – everything was very real and very clear," she says. "When you're pregnant you feel really odd being in a club. I was walking to the DJ booth in DC10 and a girl was like, "Oh my god! There's a pregnant woman on the dancefloor!" People are so amazed at the sight of a pregnant woman DJ.'" Is that it, then, we wonder? No more all nighters unless it's teething time? Beyer: "We have a rule where we don't do excessive partying without each other. Like all relationships it's about trust and honesty and openness."

It sounds naff, but their back-to-back sets are an extension of these. Beginning as a casual afterparty event a couple of years ago, they've become a main room draw. Engberg puts it down to their relationship: "There's a really good energy between us, a really strong bond on a personal level." Any arguments behind the decks so far? Engberg looks horrified: "No!" For Beyer, it's all positive. "Ida inspires me," he says. "Maybe more than I do her. She has an ability to find music that I tend to overlook, then I'll hear it played out and think it's the best thing I've ever heard. She'll be like, "Yeah, I played you that yesterday at home and you said it was shit."

At the ENTER afterparty, Beyer and Engberg relax into a much more loose-jointed set than at ENTER itself, Beyer's technical prowess and Engberg's spontaneous selections – their personalities, very different – meeting in the middle. That they're both in a really happy place is obvious. "Now's the time to really enjoy," declares Beyer, definitively. "Before, I've never been able to be happy with what I've had. Now I actually am." One thing: they do know they're going to get called techno's power couple, right? Beyer rolls his eyes before cracking a rare smile. "I'm not sure about power couple, but techno's couple, maybe."

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