DubaiLAD had the opportunity to catch up with DJ Magdalena after her gigat Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE last weekend. In an interview, the prominent female DJ chatted about the UAE’s DJ circuit, the rise of female DJs and revealed her upcoming Shadows residency in Tulum.
Welcome back to UAE Magdalena, how do you find the country’s DJ circuit?
I find it exciting! It’s still quite a fresh scene over here, so it’s a great time to be involved.
Tell us about your time at Ego Club in Hamburg, how did your DJ career take off from there?
My good friends Solomun and Adriano Trolino had began to promote a DIY label party every week at the club, and everything fell into place so that after 2 months they took over the whole club. They very kindly asked me to come on board to help with the exciting new project. Just leading the club every week was a big achievement for me. Once things were going well I also started taking over the bookings for the club, and then became a resident DJ there after receiving positive feedback from playing on the decks out of hours. From there I was able to start playing at Diynamic’s parties, as well as my good friend Anja Schneider’s Mobilee label parties.
It’s a big moment for a DJ to earn a residency in an Ibiza club, how did it go when you launched your own SHADOWS residency there this year after years of playing on the island?
Yes, it’s every DJs career goal for sure so launching SHADOWS was really an amazing moment for me. It was a lot of work but it really paid off as it turned out to be a big success. Every single Friday I would go down early and speak with the sound technicians, club and bar managers just like I did when I was running Ego.
What’s your take on the rise of female DJs on the circuit?
I think it’s great that there seems to be more and more new talent coming through all the time, probably inspired by pioneering role models in the scene like my friends Anja Schneider and Nicole Moudaber. I think we will soon get to a point where “female DJ” isn’t even a label any more, because the gender divide is equal. To be honest, the female thing has never been a problem for me, I feel like part of this big musical family just like anyone else.
You’ve got a busy calendar touring the world and headlining clubs, what is a day in your life like?
There is no typical day as such, I can be in any country any day of the week playing at any hour of the day! When I’m on the road, I’ll wake up in a hotel on very little sleep, get a taxi to an airport, fly for a few hours and try and get through my emails and organise my music on the plane. If I’m lucky I’ll get a short rest at another hotel before playing another club. Sometimes I’ll go for dinner with the promoters too if I have time. A typical day when I get home consists of sleep, sleep and more sleep! Luckily I have pencilled in a little quiet time over Christmas so I can catch up with my friends and family.
What’s next in line? Can we expect A-lister collaborations or upcoming residences?
I have another EP coming out on Damian Lazarus’ Rebellion imprint on the 14th December. It’s called ‘Wildlife’ and I’m quite excited to get it out there as I’ve been testing the tracks out over the past few months. I’m also excited to take my SHADOWS parties international next year, we have a party in the jungle near Tulum with techno ‘A Listers’ Nicole Moudaber, Anja Schneider and Radio Slave in January, then two mini tours in Europe in February and March with La Fleur and Francesca Lombardo.