Magda

Bio

Currently residing in Berlin, a relative stone’s throw from her hometown of Zywiec in Poland considering the nomadic existence of herchildhood, Magda seems to have finally found a city that mirrors herown attitude to life - no restrictions and certainly no compromise.It’s a philosophy that also flows through Magda’s music particularlyduring her after hour sets. The ability to guide her audience throughthe dark recesses of contemporary minimalism before delivering themback safely into the light means her name is never far from the lips ofdiscerning clubbers and fellowDJs alike.

Her family left Zywiec for Texas in 1984 when she was nine beforefinally settling in Detroit in 1986. All this traveling around from onestarkly contrasting environment to another, taught her to deal with newchallenges and to adapt to new situations pretty quickly, lessons thathave subsequently helped her deal with the often hectic life of atouring DJ. Always the outsider, the concept of ‘home’ was never asstraightforward as it is for some. Sometimes though, home isn't aphysical location, it’s a state of mind and when she first turned up ata warehouse party a couple of blocks from where she’d grown up in thetough district of Hamtramck, she knew she’d found it. This initialforay into the Detroit underground culminated in the mind-blowingexperience that was Spastik - Richie Hawtin’s first Plastikman PA. Shewas hooked.

Within a few months, armed with a cheap pair of belt drive turntablesand an unquenchable thirst for vinyl, she’d moved from one side of theshop counter to the other at the influential Record Time store and hadalso persuaded the bar where she worked to put on a monthly technonight with Claude Young and Daniel Bell. Her enthusiasm was totallyinfectious and they soon asked her to warm up for them. In conversationit’s clear to see how much the lack of attitude and unconditionalsupport from Bell in particular has shaped Magda’s own way of doingthings.

Then, inspired by her mother’s ‘dark and surreal’ art she decided tostudy Graphic Design in New York state but soon realized music was themost natural medium for her self expression. Nevertheless, thisabstract influence can still be found in her music production,juxtaposing as she does warm, thick swathes of sound with jagged littlehi hat patterns, sometimes lazy, sometimes clinical but alwayspurposeful and expressive.

On returning to Detroit she met Richie Hawtin at one of the legendaryHot Box parties where a mutual friend introduced her. It was the firstof what turned out to be a couple of chaotic encounters that eventuallyled to the invitation of a gig at Hawtin’s 13 Below night. It was thereshe first met Marc Houle. Their off-beat humor quickly developed intoan unshakeable friendship and Magda was soon lodging with Marc inWindsor where their musical symbiosis started laying the foundationsfor 2003’s Run Stop Restore project together with Troy Pierce.

By this time she’d already cut her teeth on the main stage, regularlyperforming at the System raves in Detroit and as part of the Women onWax collective. Things don’t always go according to plan though, and by1999 Magda was pretty much fed up with the ‘scene politics’ that seemeddirectly at odds with the feelings she’d first encountered. She took astep back, followed her heart and immersed herself in the minimalsounds scuttling out of Germany in particular (i.e Brinkmann, Perlon,Kompakt). The resulting bootleg CD mix - Fact and Friction - won her anew set of admirers and consolidated her growing relationship withHawtin, opening for him at the millennium celebration EPOK and alsoforming part of an enviable line up at the Plus 8 ten year anniversaryparty From Our Minds To Yours. Since then she has become his solechoice as opening DJ, accompanying him on both European and Statesidetours.

The new millennium brought a host of new digital technology with it,most notably Final Scratch and when she wasn’t on the road she could befound wiling away the hours transferring Hawtin’s vast recordcollection into the digital domain. At the time there were only aboutten DJs using Final Scratch and while others regarded it withsuspicion, Magda was quick to see the potential, re-editing herfavorite tracks to further enhance the distinctive flavor of her sets.She shies away slightly from the ubiquitous ‘minimal’ tag, citingChicago Jack and Acid as equally significant ingredients in her soundbut whichever way you look at it, she is part of a movement that israpidly redefining electronic dance music as we know it. Turntables,laptops, samplers and efx units now clutter her DJ booth as the wallbetween traditional DJing and ‘on the fly’ production starts tocrumble.

And so, the Minus train rumbles on, forging a relentless path throughnew, uncharted territory. Magda however, remains refreshingly free fromthe burden of expectation. Genuinely surprised by the trajectory herlife has taken yet deeply aware of the responsibility she has to hergrowing army of fans, she faces the future with the same wide-eyed,‘devil may care’ attitude that has always accompanied her from city tocity, from airport to airport, from disco to disco. A lonely existence?For some maybe but Magda knows more than most that home is where theheart is.

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