For this week’s MusicInTheAir Podcast, a new debut on Villahangar: today is the turn of Fátima, mexican DJ, co-founder of the Sisters in Sound collective, born to promote female DJs and producers, providing support for them to flourish, bring community exchanges, and connect with the others.
Fátima’s passion for dance music sparked in Miami in 2007, influencing her style with the cultural richness of her Latin heritage. In fact, she tells: “I first fell in love with electronic music when I was living in Miami almost a decade ago. As a Latina I felt an insatiable pull towards the percussive, playful and instrument-based house music emerging at the time. I am a DJ because I love to dance, and I think this is very much at the heart of Latin culture”.
Debuting in Brooklyn, New York, she infused world, tribal and percussive elements that permeate her sets today even as she explores more melodic moods.
A sort of “world progressive,” with elements of organic house, afro house, melodic and latin tech, in an imaginative journey. Hers is broad range of taste from microminimal to psychedelic techno: a tribal, sexy and groovy sound. She explains: “Strictly defining my sound is difficult because I have a broad range of taste and with recorded mixes I get to indulge a bit more and play tracks I would normally not mix at 3am in a packed club”.
She has performed at lauded international venues and festivals including: The D.L., The Tailor, TBA, (New York), Flash, Soundcheck, El Techo (Washington D.C.), Warehouse on Watts (Philadelphia), Ex Fabrica de Harina, Xcaanda, Cactus, Tlaxaparta (Oaxaca, Mexico), Aparato Contenedor (Monterrey, Mexico), Yambak (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), Luna Obscura (Tamaulipas, Mexico).
She enjoys the sense of community and connection within the Burning Man scene, spinning at regional burns including PEX (Maryland) and Loveburn (Miami) and for fundraisers thrown by keystone camps including Distrikt, Kostume Kult and Hacienda.
Fátima founded the grassroots collective Sisters in Sound to support women artists and increase gender parity in the industry. They have hosted workshops, open decks, showcases and organized a 34-hour continuous livestream event featuring only women djs.
How long have you been working with ECOAMA RADIOSHOW?? And what made you choose to collaborate with ECOAMA RADIOSHOW?
This is my first mix for ECOAMA, a good friend that lives in Ibiza connected us and I welcomed the opportunity to share my sound with a new audience and to raise awareness for such an important cause as protecting and stewarding the natural world.
What was the key meeting that changed your path?
During the summer of the 2020 pandemic, I moved to the west coast of Mexico and met so many talented Mexican producers that inspired me to incorporate more melodic elements into my sets and start producing my own music. I have evolved in my sound and skillset set in this envinronment and among these amazing artists.
What are your hopes for your artistic future at the moment?
I recently founded a grassroots collective called Sisters in Sound to support women DJs and producers in the industry and help them develop the skills and network to flourish. We hope to continue to build our membership and expand our activities while advocating for equity and safe spaces in the electronic music landscape. As an individual artist I hope to continue to produce music and share what I have learned in this journey with other women.
What does it mean for you to be able to spread your music with Villahangar?
I am honored to be able to share the sounds that inspire me with audiences outside of my immediate scope. I hope women listen in as well and connect with us and that your listeners enjoy a small taste of what Mexican artists have to offer and are inspired to come visit!
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02. Oliver Koletzki – Caravana de los Elefantitos / Stil Vor Talent
03. Da Iguana – La Cumbia del Periquito / Cosmovision Records
04. Munchi – Gracias / Sol Selectas
05. Lasicio Bohemia – Laika / Edmoon Records
06. Thronato – Gaita Gaita / Wonderwheel Recordings
07. Dübelo – Acoran / Sirin Music
08. Banque – Mambo Makubwa / Radiant
09. K.E.E.N. – Rift Valley / Madorasindahouse Records
10. Canhoto – Somewhere Over the Clouds / Tanira Recordings
11. Band&Dos – In Love / SwitchLab
12. Julian Millan – Kalmuns / 43 Degrees Records
13. TSCHAN – Strike / Variety Music
14. Skoko – Futur II / Variety Music
15. Lexer – Odyssey / Bedrock Records