Safira’s edition for the Jæger Mix series transports me back to an empty African desert, where the vast expanse of a night sky, black except for the incandescent glow of distant stars punching piteous holes in the extensive void. All around me is black, but rolling over the flat expanse of the desert is a series of four-four kicks and deep churning bass-lines tearing minimal marks into the desert’s soundscapes where it disappears into the sweet intangible abyss in the distance.
Safira’s mix evoked something primal and instinctive in her unreserved approach, pleasing with an extroverted set. Easily one of the most popular DJ’s in Oslo today, Saffira drew an early crowd to Jæger for her Æmix with no motivation other than to make people dance, and set out through a minimal Tech set where form followed the ultimate function. A regular feature at Mandagsklubben, Safira gives only a little taste of her ability in this episode of the Æmix, tantalising with sound while we get to know a little more of the person behind the set.
Give us an introduction.
I am not sure, but I think my earliest musical memory is of when I used to sit in the window, three years old listening to wacky old children’s tunes on vinyl. It wasn’t until about five years ago when I got into electronic music and three years ago I knew that I wanted to play music myself.
I don’t really go for a genre, but rather a sound or a certain vibe on the dance floor. from groovy, playful house, tech house to dark minimal and techno.
Actually I was too scared to play in front of people for the longest time! That was until I discovered the magic that happens when you get to gather the right people and make them really let loose, that energy you get in the room, between you and all the people dancing overcomes everything. I know how much enjoyment and energy you can get from the right music and that is why I love to play, because I can really relate to the people on the dancing. I guess what I’m trying to say is that for me, I consider my role as a DJ to make people feel the same joy as I get when I am going bananas on the dance floor.
To make people dance. To be honest I didn’t really have a theme, but my mission was to play something to keep people going and have a good time!
An uncontrollable urge to move with the heavy beats.
At Wednesday I have my weekly Schnabel residency at Elefant. On Saturday iIhave 3 gigs at Musikkfest, which is a free day-festival with concerts all over the city. Hoping for some sun!