We catch up with KATIE SE7EN and find out what she has been up to since her release of GA-703 on Mixmania Records
We asked KATIE SE7EN!
1 – What’s your main music style and what are your influences?
My cultural roots are in Japan and in Los Angeles. I used to listen to a lot of rock and alternative music on FM radio. I began my journey into house music and its derivative genre after I began my DJ career. On my second year as a Tokyo-based DJ, I went to Ibiza. It was a culture shock for sure. I visited the Berghain after Ibiza, and the weekend I spent in that ruin of a building changed my whole being. Since then, I’m a TECHNO lover.
2 – We know you released GA-703 (Original Mix) on our label Mixmania Records Can you tell us about this release?
I had released two remixes previously from Tokyo-based labels. This was my first original song, and I was searching for a right label when DJ Ease from the Mixmania contacted me. GA-703 is inspired by an animation called Knights of Sidonia. The song is a sketch of an alien life form with a girl’s memory.
3 – How do you feel about being a female in such a male-dominated industry?
I have not really thought about it. I’m at ease with myself and aim to be the best I can be. 🙂
4 – Just after we signed you to Mixmania Records we seen you were photographed with one of the most influential Techno innovators, Richie Hawtin can you tell us about meeting him?
Richie loves Japan, as you all know, he even has his own sake (rice wine) brand. So he is in Tokyo often. He was at a record store in Shibuya, to promote his Play Differently mixer. He personally showed me a few details about the mixer, and let me play with it. I’ll never forget that day. It was right after touring Japan with Lee K, hopefully someday I would love to play on the same stage with Richie.
5 – So who would be your dream production collaboration be with?
Right now I like Maceo Plex. I would love to collaborate with female producers like Nicole Moudaber.
6 – We know you have played in the biggest clubs in Tokyo, can you tell us about your experiences and what clubs are your favourite and why?
Right now good clubs are Contact, Sankeys, Circus, and Vent. They are medium sized clubs with supreme bookings.
7 – We know you have opened and supported some very well known djs, who has been your favourite to work with and why?
It’s Lee K. Because I played two shows with her on her first Japanese tour, she is such a fantastic dj.
8 – You have been djing all over the world, what is your favourite country to dj in and why?
I really liked playing in Ibiza. The island setting is just great. I would love to play more and more globally.
9 – We know you recently attended the Tokyo Dance Event and was djing for Pioneer, can you tell us about this and what you thought of the event?
I was djing with the engineer of the Pioneer on the DJM900 Mk2. I loved it at the pioneer booth it was so much fun to play.
10 – What’s next for KATIE SE7EN do you have any more music releases or big dj events?
I do have projects. Creativity seems elusive at times, but I’ve had little breakthrough recently. Stay tuned!