Name: Samira Vijghen
a storyteller. I generally prefer to tell my stories with dark, moody,
percussive, nu-skool breaks and progressive. I've been told that I don't
forsake melody for bassline, and vice versa. Most of all, I love playing
Records Since: I
got my first taste of spinning in 1999. My boyfriend at the time had
bought decks that spring & that's when I started buying records. I bought
my own decks in January of 2000. My first gig was when Witches'
Brew spun Beatdown
during the summer of 2000.
SF, BiG Wednesday @ Butter, Radio Show on club246.com,
Beatdown @ Jupiter
Residencies: RAW @ the Oasis, Sunday School Sessions
@ the Galaxy Club, Incognita @ Sitio, Not Yet @ An-Sibin.
Witches' Brew , Just
Say Agency, AM
Spectrum Sounds (RIP)
Biggest Influences (excerpted
from SheJay interview, December 2003):
Son of the Electric Ghost (Bless Records) & the
Carbon Community (Bless Records/ Moonshine): I can honestly say
that their music has made me a better DJ. Their sound continues to challenge
me as a DJ: they keep me on my toes and force me to be a more careful
listener. It's a beautiful thing!
The Incredible Melting Man (2 WARS): he is one of the most skilled
DJs I've ever heard. His sets are powerful, funky, and very precise.
I learn a lot from watching him. He is a great, not to mention prolific,
producer. He works very hard & he knows a lot about the many different
aspects of the scene: DJing, producing, running a record label, owning
a club, going on tour.
is one of my biggest influences for so many reasons: Paul has given
me so much support & has been to more of my gigs than anyone. He is
my best friend and my partner. We have shared many hours & days & nights
& weekends spinning records together. He has given me so many fantastic
records, I'm sure I could record a 3-CD set with just the records he
has given me! He is by far one of my favorite DJs-his sound is dreamy,
pretty, determined, unafraid.
Canyon: I've also spent many many hours spinning with this guy.
Some of his mixes have left me helplessly weeping. His style is very
unusual and complex, yet very danceable. He also has the ability to
weave together the most rythmicallly and melodically complex tracks.
We've been spinning for the same length of time, and it has been great
to be witness to each other's musical growth.
Seraphim: Sarah is one of the women in Sister SF and she kicks ass!
She plays drum & bass exactly the way I love it-beautiful basslines
and very melodic. I love the progressions of her DJ sets. Sarah loves
to share her music. She is a great teacher and friend. I can't think
of anyone who is harder working, more dedicated to the San Francisco
scene, than this woman.
of breaks, web-mistress, trouble-shooter, trouble-maker, newcastle connoiseur.
Clubs I've Played At: 111
Street Bar, Blake's,
Buzz9, Cellar, Club
Six, DNA Lounge,
of Shields, Jezebel's
Lucky Lounge, Laszlo,
Lounge, Lipo Lounge, Louie's,
Oasis, Oxygen Bar,
Factory, Studio Z,
& Down Club, Waves
Out of state:The
Downtown Bar (NYC), Crave (Dallas), The Cirrus Room (Austin), World
Pie (Miami), OHM (Portland).
DJs I've Played With: Lets
just call this a section in progress ;-)
Cities I've Played: All over the San
Francisco Bay Area, New York, Miami (Winter Music Conference), Dallas,
Samira @ Zebulon
Photo By Melissa Sautter ©2003 InfiniteNRG.com
in Amsterdam and of Dutch/Indonesian descent, Samira spent her formative
years listening to the percussive sounds of the Indonesian gamelan,
and began her life-long love affair with the piano at age 7. She discovered
life behind the decks after dropping out of a PhD program in literature
in late 1999, and she hasn't looked back since. Today, whether it's
nu-skool breaks, tribal or progressive, a deep love for percussion,
combined with that of story-telling, remains at the root of Sam's
2000, she co-founded the all-female DJ collective Witches'
Brew, which is best known for its monthly residency at the popular
Beatdown party in Berkeley. The women of Witches' Brew recently recruited
2 new residents and upped the ante for 2003, as they now collectively
hold down nine residencies, host two weekly online radio shows, are
traveling for out of town gigs, and return for their 4th season in
Berkeley as a party of 5. In short, summer is barely over and this
year is already proving to be a remarkable one.
2002 Samira earned a weekly residency at RAW in Oakland, and played
at a Burning Man pre-compression party in New York. She also started
up a new monthly called Sunday School Sessions, which allowed her
to bring international breakbeat DJs and producers such as 10 Sui
(TCR/Botchit & Scarper, UK) and the Incredible Melting Man (2
WARS) to San Francisco. In January 2003, Samira joined Sister
SF, the longest running female DJ crew in the Bay Area (and beyond).
With the Sister collective she has thrown parties in SF and at the
WMC in Miami.
has DJd all over the West Coast, Texas, New York, and the WMC in Miami,
and has started to carve a niche for herself with her dark & compelling
nu-skool breaks. Sam has played alongside headlining breakbeat talent
such as: the
Carbon Community, Son
of the Electric Ghost, 10 Sui, the Incredible Melting Man, and
other artists such as Jondi & Spesh, Heather Heart, Reid Speed,
Shortee, the Syrup Girls, and of course her crew from Sister SF.
mixes include Samira vs. the Vocal Tracks (CD), 13th Hour Rain: for
the Candle (CD), an untitled promo (CD), Basshead Battle (CD), and
42kHz (CD). She currently holds three residencies, hosts two weekly
online radio shows at Club
246 Radio, and will be appearing in a documentary about female
DJs: "Vinyl Is A Girls Best Friend" (scheduled for release
late 2003). She's also signed to Jesse Saunders' Just
Samira @ Butter
Photo By Richert Gordon Salondaka ©2003 PixelBiscuit.com
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