CURATOR & ARTIST
FRIDAY 5.7. | EMOTSIYA | (FI)
"We roll around heaven several miles above the pine trees and there's no space between us, but we're not One or anything like that. We're two huge people, two immense bodies of tenderness and delight, with all the pleasures, felt and magnified to match our size." Leonard Cohen
Katerina from Helsinki - Finland via Sofia - Bulgaria is a passionate music lover, a skilful DJ, an imaginative music maker and an emotional and hypersensitive artist, always sided by her already legendary white cat Nöpö. She produces music that is essential and timeless - you can hear it on some of the latest Cómeme releases - notably Katerina's first EP "Just when you thought it was over", which was praised by both the establishment (Resident Advisor, FACT, GROOVE mag, TRAX) and the underground (Matias Aguayo, Christian S, etc.)
Her DJ sets - that for years have been the joy of the audiences at Kaiku and the Flow festival in Helsinki - grow like nocturnal plants in a fantasy jungle on a solid foundation of Funk, fertilized by her veneration of Prince (as she takes large sips from his loving cup) and of course, DJ Quik. These sets are always avant-garde and psychedelic, filled with Punk sensibility and heavily emotional on all levels, you'll swing through a heavy pumping techno beat to suddenly find yourself floating in a cloud of dreamy electro vibes, being tossed around between mellow and heavy, melancholic and ecstatic, once she has seduced the crowd and it's willing to go through all highs and lows with her on an intense sonic and sensual adventure.
Unlike the flat self-definition driven commonplace entrepreneur/DJ of these days, Katerina is a deep and complex artist, combining her love for trees and nature with the survival mode of Gangsta Rap, and her fascination for impossible love and longing with her self-definition as a "Funkateer" and a true member of the P-Funk Army.
Armed with a crate of House Music, Technosoul and underwater Electro Funk she sets onto the dance floors sided by the radical spirit you can hear on Aphrodite's Child "666" that had a heavy impact on her. Its initial words today sound more relevant than ever:
"We got the system, to fuck the system!"
Katerina in her own words: "Please book me, I wanna take my mom to the paradise island and I wanna buy my dad a caravan and my brother a farm."
(Katerina hosts the show "Radio Emotsiya" on Radio Cómeme, in which she generously shares her broad musical knowledge and her very particular musical obsessions, for instance, her steady - and in our opinion very understandable - veneration of DJ Quik. Not only that - she's just starting the "Emotsiya" music label, which will see the light of day early 2019)