Interview with

Aïsha Devi

The Swiss-born, Nepalese-Tibetan producer formerly known as Kate Wax cuts an unusual figure in electronic music. Her self-described “hi-fi shamanism” swings vicariously from a soft lull to vibrant explosions of colour and genre, stretching her voice around avant-garde electronics. Through her unpredictable sound, as well as the “ritual music” of her Danse Noir label, Devi has carved a singular approach; fusing the transcendent possibilities of the club with the vibrant force of her own spiritual enlightenment.

Facts

1: Unseen has existence.

2: Consciousness is immortality.

3: We need to open the borders.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Meditation, transcendence, alchemy, sacred music and ancient metaphysics.

How and when did you get into making music?
Just after I graduated Art school, I was depressed, Front 242 lifted me up, I sampled/looped/edited them and sung on top these collages to begin with,  but it was so cheap I started to create my own language with my own material.

What are your 5 favorite albums of all time?
Philip Glass – Koyaanisqatsi
Chris & Cosey – Trance
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – Black is Beautiful
Pink Floyd – Live in Pompeii
The KLF – Chill Out

What do you associate with Berlin?
My first gig + some of my best buddies live there <3

What’s your favorite place in your town?
The river,  it’s a regenerating spot.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I’d be a sadhu, a hermit somehow.

What was the last record you bought?
Prurient, Arvo Pärt.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Sunn O))), Tricky in 2000, Michael Jackson in 1982

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Pan Sonic.

How important is technology to your creative process?
The language of music can express via everything, one can play on a kitchen pan, but my machines are my frontal tools and the most relevant media of our era, they have this quality of virtuality that projects me in multidimensional worlds, it’s an aethereal extension of my mind and body, it’s beyond 3d.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
yeah, i have a sister called Isis but i think she doesn’t care about my music, we are in a different realm..

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