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Impact: Abyss X

Introducing the Greek artist ahead of the release of her riotous new record

  • Words: Nina Posner | Portraits: Lane Stewart | Live shot: Jakub Gołębski
  • 21 November 2016
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The album definitely has a lot of riotous energy.

Being Greek, riot is deeply engraved in my culture. Greeks love to riot about anything, because people learn to live in Greece and have molotov bombs explode next to their houses [a reference to the Greek riots in 2008 after 15-year-old student Alex Grigoropoulos was murdered by police in Athens]; that was an everyday thing at some point. But I think that riot is a very important form of expression, of [calling out] social injustice. If people need to take it to the streets, if people have to stop transportation or stop people from going to their jobs in order to communicate a message, they need to do that because sometimes the state will not understand otherwise. People need to do something when crazy things are just ignored and repeated constantly. So it is a riot album.

There's a lot of darkness and agitation in club music nowadays, how does that play out in your record?

To begin with, I'm not using any explosions or glass breaks or sirens. I felt like there was a point where everyone was using some specific samples, which was cool because it created this subgenre, but it almost became too graphic, too descriptive. I was trying to use more distortion, and more weird layering and alternative beats. I was trying to push the beatmaking to a different direction. That's why I think that it might not be the first choice for a DJ to play in a club, or mix with other people's work, because it's not as compatible in the beat pattern as other tracks are.

I wanted to try and maybe even go more old-skool. I don't even know if this album sounds new, or sounds older, or is somewhere in the middle. Basically, I was trying to blend all these elements that have influenced me, from the club scene and the past 15 years of my clubbing experience. Being a bit older than what producers are right now, I was lucky enough to be in my late teens when there was this techno, and this electroclash, and electro techno explosion, so I felt that I should bring some of those elements, even if they sound outdated or strange to all the 19 year olds right now.

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