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Nina Kraviz Claps Back at Melbourne Critics Who Wanted a "Techno" Set

Nina Kraviz has become one of the world's most highly sought after DJs because of her deeply moving and thought provoking free form sets.

However, there were a few fans at a recent performance in Melbourne who perhaps had not done their homework on Nina Kraviz's stylistic offerings. The Russian born DJ and avid vinyl record collector has spent much of her career exploring sonic space with her collection of deep cuts and unreleased tracks from her ТРИП (trip) record label. Kraviz's musical narrative is rarely predictable and does not commonly offer the standard driving "techno" beat.

Which apparently was what some Melbourne fans were expecting. After complaints from fans who had expressed disappointment in the set – to the extent that some wanted a ticket refund – Nina responded to critics via Facebook with temper and grace intact:

People wanted "techno" and I offered none in their opinion -in fact all I played was pretty much techno at least in my own definition but much of a broader spectrum. Quite possibly they wanted 3 hours of long steady beat narrative and I offered something that didn't match their expectations. But surprisingly the most negative comments I got for playing that one wild track with a drum'n'bass segment in the end. Seems like d'n' bass isn't so popular in Australia these days:)


Nina also shared her perspective on music and why she's not afraid to experiment in her sets:

I grew up with a slightly different concept about music as one big sonic space with everything wired into each other. Following this concept the bridge between techno and disco is very short. On top of that I believe that music is about freedom of expression and a perfect tool to connect people of a different kind. I personally always loved less obvious or predictable sonic landscapes because the unknown was always more attractive to me than what I already have experienced. I always loved Laurent Garnier for this exact reason and for his ability to connect with music.

While it's not uncommon for fans to call artists out for their weaker sets, an artist having to publicly defend their art seems uncompromising on part of music fans. We pay to see musicians perform in order to experience musicians creating art in our very presence. But art, like our personal feelings and opinions, is subjective. And unfortunately for Nina Kraviz's Melbourne audience, it sounds as if they failed to grasp the concept.


H/T: Resident Advisor

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Devin Culham Staff Writer

Cut my teeth with the Detroit techno scene before moving to Denver to see what the mountains have to offer.

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