Another Mandagsklubben fixture at Jæger, Natalia Barbin joins the ranks of the Æmix, staking her place in the haunting ether of a sober Tech House sound. Introverted, melodic, and reserved Barbin’s set floats over subtle percussion at leisurely tempos instilling a serene sense of calm in an electronic palette. Thin percussive arrangements take a back seat to the melodic and harmonic movements taking centre stage, with Natalia Barbin taking her listeners on a evocative journey through exotic landscapes.
My name is Natalia Barbin and I’m an Oslo based DJ with roots in Croatia. 2017 marks my 10th year as a DJ and it has been quite a journey!
As a child I was introduced to Croatian music, mostly love ballads where the melodies were so beautiful. Eventually when I could understand the lyrics the songs gave me even more. I was also obsessed with weird plink plonk sounds when I was about 3 – I even made up my own plink plonk language which I tried to teach my parents. I discovered electronic music when I was about 12 years old and developed a great passion for it.
My taste and selection is very wide. I love music which makes me feel something; either it’s happiness, love or as comfort if I’m feeling down. My favourite genre to play is Tech House – I love how the sound can be dark and mystical but also bumpy and groovy.
To introduce new tracks and build up an atmosphere with the help of great music. When I see people move and smile I know I’ve done something right.
A journey within a melancholic blend of synthetic and organic sounds. Mystical and oriental with a hint of playfulness.
I must say the first track: Hadron (Aparde Remix) by Ryan Davis & LMNSKT. It’s melancholic, it’s synthetic yet organic with the drums. It makes me dream myself away to the most beautiful landscape. It simply awakens so many feelings.
I hope this mix will take them on a wonderful journey, first to a beautiful landscape, then to a luscious forest, to a wild jungle and at last to the oriental desert. I’m like that; I can’t just pick one thing, I’m a person full of contrasts and I think that reflects in almost everything I do.
I will be DJing in many different clubs and festivals this summer. Mostly in Scandinavia but also in my home country Croatia.