Russian producer/artist/DJ Kate Ozz was recently Moscow’s underground scene’s best kept secret until she made her mark on the Miami club circuit. Recently releasing her latest single ‘Second Serve’, we spoke to Kate about her inspirations behind the new music, the silver lining to lockdown, and what we can expect from this artist in the future.
Hi Kate! You recently released your song ‘Second Serve’, tell us a bit about that?
My friendship with Moscoman and the vibe of Disco Halal Label inspired me to create this track and I was lucky to have collaborated with him. The track itself is a reflection of my life as a traveller and a woman; a life between continents, trying to get a sense of the local vibes, while the inner soul craves its home.
What came first for you when starting out, production or DJing?
I started DJing first. The beauty in this for me is that you get to understand tracks in a more critical way for playability and also to know how tracks affect listeners.
DJing is a very male-dominated industry, how was it breaking into that?
I think first and most important – DJing is about music, an understanding of crowd and atmosphere, technical skills. These things have no gender. I never felt any discrimination so far, I always believed in myself and in what I am doing.
Are there any other female DJs that have really inspired you?
Charlotte de Witte, Nina Craviz, Peggy Gou, Amelie Lens, Blond:ish, Deborah De Luca…All equally talented and ambitious, inspiring and not afraid to “mix” it up.
We hear you are a big yogi, do you think that practice translates into how you make your music?
Yes, practicing yoga can really show you the doorway to something bigger. It is a practice that helps you discover yourself, helps you become the best version of yourself. Yoga helps you go inside, become more reflective, be contemplative and to launch forward in a much more powerful way in making music, on stage or in life.
The past year has seen a lot of lockdowns and the closing of clubs. How did you stay motivated and move your music into an at-home setting?
The lockdown gave me more time to be in the studio making music. I was able to focus more on my inner self and find things that inspire me, which led to the releases you have heard and will be listening in the near future. This period turned out to be the most significant and transformational for me.
Do you have any advice for other women who want to start a career in DJing and production?
Believe in yourself and your talent and passion and never give up. Never stop moving forward and striving for the better.
What can we expect from you next?
Life is going back to normal finally, and hopefully, we will all dance together soon. I am working on new material all the time and will have few surprises very soon. Waiting on a couple of releases, one of them I can finally share will be with Frau Blau Music Label very soon.
Thanks for your time!
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