Oct 22, 2011
interview
Dinka

Tamara Hunkeler, the face behind Swiss progressive house act Dinka, has a love for the uplifting side of EDM. In her interview with LT3, she talked about her work with Anjunabeats, & a computer crash that happened during the recording of new album “Tales of the Sun.”

Dinka & Danny Inzerillo feat Hadley - Reach for Me (Original Mix) [PinkStar]
LessThan3: Describe the symbiotic relationship you and your production partner have as a DJ/producer team.
Tamara: Well, it is the opposite of facultative parasitism–four eyes see more than two! When creativity comes together, people are able to fulfill themselves in any creative business. It’s also a constant learning cycle. If the learning ever stops – we’re done.
LessThan3: It’s fair to say that your type of music in particular tends to really touch people. Can you tell us about some of the best responses you’ve had from fans?
Tamara: Thank you! I think it wouldn’t be fair to talk about one, or at least the best. It’s every comment and every single response that is extremely valuable. In general it is an amazing feeling to affect people all over the world in such an intense way.
LessThan3: Does your group The Helvetic Nerds meet in person often or do you mainly collaborate over the web?
Tamara: We try to meet up at least once a month unless we’re involved in studio work, which requires us to work together. Sometimes, we even travel together for shows. In general, all the information goes through the net.
LessThan3: Your smooth progressive beats have an upbeat nature. Do you both have a desire to create something dark?
Tamara: Not really. The idea is to create positive vibes. It’s great to see how everyone is jumping on the happy music train. That’s what it is about–emotions, and we tend to love the uplifting vibes.
LessThan3: Tell us something fans wouldn’t have guessed about the work put into your recent album Tales of the Sun.
Tamara: The computer crashed in the middle of production! Thank god nothing was lost there.
LessThan3: What did being on the Anjunabeats label do for your career?
Tamara: I’ve been in touch with those guys long before my first track was out on Anjunabeats. I always liked the sound of Above & Beyond, and they liked mine, so at a certain point it was a logical step to release on Anjunabeats as they are always doing a great job there. It is an absolute honor to release on a label as esteemed as Anjunabeats!
LessThan3: In your considerations of joining a label, which aspects or services they provide are most important to you?
Tamara: In my opinion, the most important thing to do is find a label that does good on the promotion side and that is well-known, so you can also grow on the fanbase they offer. I’m not so much into label “hopping”, which means I release often on the same few labels. As I know what I can expect, I know how they work and can be sure they do a good job.
LessThan3: What’s on your mind as you’re looking onto a huge crowd getting down to your original tracks?
Tamara: When I’m looking at a crowd, I think of all the sleepless nights I had to actually get this far, and how these are the moments that make it all worthwhile.
LessThan3: Is a progressive house show more about energy or mood? How is that generally developed with the crowd?
Tamara: The way I see it is that most of my moods are affecting the crowd immediately after I hit the play button. It’s in my hands to lead the crowd to go off, or to calm the crowd down and let the energy flow. I guess this is the main part of being a DJ–to catch the crowd and take them through the night so they have fun and can enjoy the sounds.
LessThan3: Did the explosive wave of EDM in America surprise you or had you always seen it coming?
Tamara: It had to happen at one point and I’m happy it is now. The whole world has to pay attention if the US has a boom; then the world usually acknowledges it.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Tamara: Born Slippy by Underworld.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Tamara: Multicultural Dance Music.
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