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Anja Schneider, the pioneering techno DJ: “We are judged technically much more than men”

When Anja Schneider (Bergisch Gladbach, 1967) mixes as a DJ, radiates pure joy and passion for electronic music. Whether playing in Ibiza, Berlin or New York, this German’s goal is to create an environment in which “everything is possible and everyone is invited.”

Schneider’s imprint on the music industry extends far beyond the DJ booth. Over the past three decades, she has established herself not only as a techno pioneer, but also as an original artist, producer, record label owner and an inspiration to female creators throughout the music industry.

His path to music was improvised and unconventional. “I started as a normal fan, as a raver“, account. Schneider assures that everything changed at the end of the 80s, when he began “obsession” for acid house who came to Europe from Chicago: “I lived in Cologne and there was a small record store that I always passed by and where I heard this wonderful music and thought: ‘Wow, what is this?'” he remembers.

Acid house came into his life

At the time, Berlin was the center of the emerging European techno scene and home of the well-known club Tresor. Schneider knew it was where he needed to go: “I drove my little car for 12 hours. Tresor had an upper floor called Globals, where they played more hip-housebut downstairs was this legendary techno club.”

When she first came to Tresor, she was just a teenager. Now, she remembers standing for five hours upstairs wondering “where is the techno? Where are the strobe lights that everyone talks about?”

After five hours, he says, he gathered all his strength and asked someone: “I’m sorry, is this the legendary Tresor?” Schneider says he looked at her and said, “Oh, girl, no, come with me.” And he adds: “He took me by the hand to a small staircase“.

It was a moment that changed his life. “I still get chills when I think about it. “I can still smell the sweat and excitement I smelled when I came down the stairs,” she confesses. And so, she says, she found herself standing “in the legendary Tresor.”

Captivated by techno

The energy of the club captivated her. “It wasn’t about how you looked. It was dark, sweaty. Everyone was dancing with everyone. It didn’t matter if you were rich or poor, if you were a man, a woman, whatever.. “It was something completely spectacular,” says Schneider about his first contact with the techno club.

Anja Schneider.

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Thus, Schneider decided to move to Berlin. Her goal was clear: “she didn’t want to be just a guest; I wanted to be part of it“he confesses.

The beginning of Schneider’s career was fortuitous. AND It came while working as a program manager for an independent radio station. He was in charge of organizing a 60-hour event within the Berlin electronic music festival Love Paradewhich had 60 DJs, one per hour.

A woman in a masculinized sector

The event was a huge success, boosting his status in the techno world. However, his first steps in the world were full of challenges. Schneider was, after all, a woman in an industry – that of DJs – dominated by men.

His most recent EP, The Good, the Bad, and the Acid, represents the culmination of three decades of passion for electronic music that began when she was just a teenager at the Tresor Club. “The absolute freedom I found there changed my life and my way of thinking.”recognize.

His mission to spread the power of electronic music is unwavering: “I’m still curious. I still love music and I still love this.”

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