Since its conception, electronic music has consistently been a staple of the global subculture, having the ability to help define socio-political movements. On the 30th of July, we will hear from DJs working in Kazakhstan and Georgia, inviting them to share the process of how young people living in newly founded democracies can have the ability to participate in electronic music’s cultural zeitgeist. Thoughtfully organised by Steppenboot e.V., and the Central Asian cultural network in Berlin, the aim is to shed light on some of the leading members of the post-Soviet Central Asian cultural dynamics.
Aside from several residencies in cities such as Berlin and London, Dj Nazira has been a longtime promoter of underground parties in Kazakhstan. Her club night, ZVUK, is one of the most sought after parties in Almaty, committed to growing the local dance music scene through electro, techno, acid, and wave. She also runs her own radio show on London’s Radar Radio, titled “New East with Nazira,” as well as the program “Theory of Nothing,” on Radio Cómeme.
Originally from Georgia, Irakli has made a sharp entrance into Berlin nightlife with STAUB, one of Berlin’s most celebrated techno parties. As a part of the production duo I/Y, he has released music under the synonymous co-founded label. DJ Irakli has featured at Tresor, Berghain, and Griessmuehle. In 2017 he founded the Intergalactic Research Institute for Sound with artists such as Stanislav Tolkachev, Natalie Beridze, and Rezo Glonti.