Born during the time of the iron curtain; a young girl found hope in staying true to her heart and following a unique sense of style and taste.
Integrating her own vocals around a colorful range of genres, she’s become one of the most unique live acts this summer!
This was our heart to heart with Daniela La Luz - Enjoy! :)
We thought we’d start ahead of the musical aspects; Describe your experience of growing up in Germany?
I’ve never thought so specific about this before. I feel I was lucky to have growing up. I have a polish mother, a german father, and a younger sister. When I was small we went, quite often, to Poland to visit family.
This was an intense time for our family. Poland, was at that time behind the iron curtain and a totally different world in comparison to germany - which fascinated and influenced me a lot. My polish grandmother was a forced laborer during WW2 in Germany. The fact of being born and raised in a country like this caused (in a weird way) identity trouble for me.
For years I felt more polish then german. Especially when I was young; My classmates/ friends didn’t know anything about a country called Poland, although it is right next door on the geographical map.
A bunch of children had asked if my family knew of “Color television” - when i told them that my grandmother had not one, but TWO color TV’s they became silent haha
I went to a german kindergarten, german schools, and studied in germany as a kid. Early on I began to notice that the Polish were more creative. They had to help each other, they had to be able to improvise in a deeply suppressive political system and this, I think, created a strong feeling for an experimental approach which helped enjoy my childhood a tiny bit more :)
The people in Poland were forced to be happy with what they had. Even if it we’re affordable they weren’t allowed to purchase many products due to the exchange between the western countries.
In comparison, germany seemed spoiled and weren’t even aware of the situation happening in Poland. But this is just a subjective observation that doesn´t fit to everyone of course.
I don´t know if this fixation on brands had to do with the richer city of Munich or if it´s a common side effect of capitalism, but I was happy the day I rejected this fake pressure and returned to the essentials
I really appreciate my life here in germany and especially understanding i’ve had it easier than millions of other people around the globe. I hope that one day the circumstances for the poorer countries gets better as well. I´m convinced that there’s enough earth for everyone on this planet.
Any hobbies? (favorite sport, book, food, movie, etc)
Cooking became one of my biggest hobbies, because my grandma used to be a cook and she handed down a lot f knowledge when I was young. Before and during my studies I worked in the kitchen of a restaurant, which helped me improve my skills over the years, to not only cook tasty, but also fast
Berlin has a rich offer of affordable cuisines. I love going to restaurants and have good food from all countries in the world – I think cooking and food is like listening and making music – spices, amounts, temperatures, herbs and beats, melodies, reverbs – you know ;)
I love cycling; the sound of my wheels when I´m driving fast and all the different kinds of animals that cross my way. Just to observe them, time again and time again excited by the beauty of our planet.
Mhmm yes, and I´m very interested in topics like alternative medicine and topics like herbs, acids and bases nutrition and so on.
Tell us more about being awarded the “QUARTZ 6 Music Award”
It feels great! When I got awarded, I could not realize what actually was going on. I felt a bit like sitting in a bubble flying through the stars.
It was short after I started producing electronic music. Marcos Romero was doing the A&R for a digital label in the US. I had a profile on myspace, where I was frequently uploading my newest pieces of music. One day I received a message asking if I would like to release an EP; so I did. Short after that Marcos founded his own label and heard my track „EllE Routine“ on Myspace.
He contacted me and I signed this track for a various artists CD compilation (Musik Non Stop Uno“ Label: Syncopated Music).
In 2009, short after the compilation got released, he secretly sent “EllE Routine“ to the jury of QWARTZ 6, and they had blindly listened to 4077 tracks sent in from around the world.
My track EllE ROUTINE got nominated in 2010.
In 2010, my track (EllE ROUTINE) was nominated among Supermayer [Kompakt], Gui Boratto and Motor [Shitkatapult); received an invitation to the Qwartz 6 event in Paris and went there without any expectations. Other guests on the event were Laurie Anderson, Gudrun Gut, Alec Empire and many others – I felt honored to be part of it and the biggest surprise was of course that I won in the category “clubbing/dance” - I was totally excited, standing there on stage with my award in hand, looking totally pale, (Haha)
Now this award has its place on my desk (next to my studio boxes) reminding me forever of this beautiful weekend in Paris!
The principle, Daring is caring; Explain how you feel about it.
The definition for myself is to play, produce and release a wider spectrum of electronic dance music, mainly focused on house & techno.
In this context I try stay far from ever becoming too predictable. There are many places in Berlin and around the world, where most of the sets played are way too predictable – classical 4 to the floor all night long, without the DJ daring to play at least one track that would go push past the spectrum.
Don´t get me wrong, I love the classical club nights, but i appreciate, a lot, when a DJ or live act dares to include more diverse and surprising music.
Germany has birthed some of House & Techno’s most vibrant communities - What do you feel is “essential” to a proper underground party?
I can only speak for myself of course, someone else might have another definition of a good „underground“ party.
For me personally the choice of music, the crowd, and notably the eclecticism have the top priority. A crowd of likeminded people that like electronic music and appreciate being surprised and driven through genres and sub-genres of music and history.
A good sound system with a proper bass is certainly appreciated! (Hahaha)
Call me fussy, but I also highly appreciate if people don´t bang into each other constantly on the dance floor, but dance peacefully in their square meter – I think this comes down to respect and good club culture.
We have some places like this here in Berlin, you should check the Parallel crew!
Describe how the relationship with Robert & Rawax came to be?
I was always extremely critical about my own music and simply just never satisfied with my own productions.
After months passed, Robert came to Berlin to host a Rawax label night and we enjoyed each other’s company. I burned a CD with 12 tracks that were accidentally mixed down and I wasn´t expecting anything to happen. A few days later Robert contacted me and said that would definitely want to release a record with me, but he couldn’t decide which tracks – I was super happy.
Short after, we spoke again and he told me how much he loved my music and he would take all 12 tracks and make a pre-release (Pistol Star) and an album (Based On Electricity) – boom - I can´t tell you how happy I was!!!!!!
'Parallel' is host to a variety of friends from around the globe. - How has interacting with everyone help shape you as a Producer/Live act?
Honestly, it made me even pickier about the choice of good music and good production skills. It´s fun to observe everyones own style, even though, we all move in the same musical direction.
Throughout all this time, I learned more about the business aspect as well. I think this is the most touching lesson I learned. From everyone that I’ve met in the past I learned this - sometimes less, sometimes more.
It would be too much to tell it all now; What I can say, is that everything that has happened throughout this beautiful time, pleasure and pain, confirmed my decision over and over again, to love what I do, to do what I love, and just stay true to myself and enjoy this life together!
What news, music, and artists are you looking forward to seeing this year?
Ohhh, there is a ton of highlights this year!
The RAWAX showcase in Frankfurt and tINI (my old friend) at her party „tINI & The Gang“ on the beautiful island of Ibiza. I can´t wait to chill on the beach and eat a Gazpacho in the sun! (Hahaha)
My album pre-release and my second album itself (Counting Days) will come out in autumn (both on HOUSEWAX) and at the end of the year I´ll release an acid orientated record on CHIWAX.
Not too long after, we will launch our Parallel label!!
Toward the end of the year I´m going to play together with Yannick Robyns at the Fuse club in Brussels.
And of course, I´m looking forward to each of our Parallel Showcases at Griessmühle here in Berlin - these are always special nights for me.
For the other Parallel artists, some beautiful highlights happening this year as well and I´m super happy for them!!
Favorite record in your bag?
Thats a hard one (Hahaha)
My all-time favorite is:
SUN ELECTRIC „TEE +“ (Rough Trade/R&S/Apollo)
The Thomas Fehlmann remix is a dance floor bomb and the other tracks are sweeter then sugar; jazzy, broken, beautiful. - There are two versions of this record out, the one with less tracks on it is my favorite.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
I was very sick as a kid. when I was 7 until i was 17 – I had a rare kind of rheumatism.
For years I was affected by periodic stays in a specialized hospital for children in the alps, swallowing medicine every day. Taking blood samples every two weeks and several other regular treatments.
Since I was so young when it all started, it quickly became normal for me. I made friends in the hospital and I guess I tried to make the best out of it – doing a lot of handicrafts and annoying the nurses for fun. Otherwise we all would have died of boredom.
It was forbidden for me to do sports in school and also in my free time, so I started to feel jealous about the rest of my classmates.
I was a very active and a curious child/teenager and this subconscious became repressed energy in several other ways – totally hyperactive at school and rebellious.
When I was 14 I was playing a little bit of football with friends in the backyard and a girl came to me and asked if I would like to come to a try-out, they were setting up a girls football team; I said yes. I went there and became part of the team.
My parents were first against it and the doctors were all totally shocked of the fact that I chose such a “heavy” sport.
I became totally hooked on sports from this day forward. Besides the two trainings we had per week, I was training every day; alone, with friends, on hot summer days, on frozen ground; no sleep, no rest. – just totally crazy.
In those two years I never missed a game or training, even when I was super sick, I was there.
When I became 16, things at home became too messy and I needed to move out and change schools.
Short before this time I started smoking joints and all together initiated the end of my football career.
The same time I bought my first guitar, a classic Yamaha, I still have it. I locked myself for three days back in my room and learned to play it. That was the day I started writing my own music.
And yes, another secret: sometimes I can get a little bitchy when I´m hungry. (Hahaha)
What can we expect to see this year…
Well, I hope we all will see a lot of sunshine and happiness!
My live set is growing from month to month and I can´t wait to play all the upcoming gigs this year.
Since I was so busy last year, I have a bunch of releases coming out, for which I´m really excited about!
Close to that date will come a record from Volta Cab with a remix of me on (Frole Records) and a record from Sean Dixon on his label (Final Chapter) as well a remix.
A big highlight for me is autumn we will finally launch the Parallel record label!!