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Berlin, Germany

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AKA: Daria Mechkat

Helvet Underground, NFBmusic, Perspectiv Records
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Daria is an intensely creative individual with a bohemian charm that proves infectious to other music lovers. As a DJ and producer, her natural ability to connect with crowds stems from an output that is always sprinkled with surprises: soaring melodies, lush harmonies and free-spirited beats. Whether she is channelling her cosmic charge through clubs around the planet, or compressing her personality into productions such as “Les Gourmandises Ep” on Lomidhigh and “Santeria Ep” on Cadenza, the Daria aesthetic is all about emotion and expression.

Of Swiss-Persian origin, arts-loving Daria (Daria Mechkat) was born in Geneva, Switzerland. Initially feeling the draw of music as a teenager, at the dawn of the 90s, she formed a three-piece band that blended both acoustic and electronic elements, and became the lead singer. They had some success and played several live gigs but ended up parting ways. In the years that followed Daria chose to concentrate on developing her graphic design skills – something else that is very close to her heart. Hence in 1996 she created her own graphic design outfit and started creating record sleeves for labels like Geneva’s own Mental Groove and Berlins Get Physical.

Daria has constantly worked across various mediums to satisfy an innate artistic wanderlust. However, once bitten by the DJing bug, she realigned her musical focus and faced the dancefloor, full on. Consequently, in 2002 she started her first club residency, at Weetamix in Geneva, where she performed alongside such renowned figures as Derrick Carter, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin. Building upon these foundations, she has since gone on to DJ at a string of top venues. These include Watergate, Weekend and Bar 25 in Berlin, Cocorico, Guendalina, Amnesia Milano, Saponeria, Kama Kama in Italy, La Mania in Romania, Fuse in Brussels, Propaganda in Moscow, Montreux Jazz Festival and CityFox, and regular sessions at D! Club, Nordstern in Switzerland. And, of course, many appearances at Cadenza showcases, and alongside Luciano. In 2008, she also completed a South American tour, playing for the first time in countries like Chile and Argentina, where she made a welcome return in 2009.

Over time Daria has become ever more deeply involved as a DJ, and several years ago she even set up a small home studio, where she could start producing her own music. As always, her music elegantly shifts between the lightness of warm percussion and the shiny tension of bright arpeggiated melodies. Tight grooves delicately integrated into a fulfilling musical experience.

The culmination of her efforts fast came to fruition in 2007, when she released her haunting debut production, “Alpaga”, on Ripperton and Sam K’s Perspectiv Records. This technoid groove was also featured on Perspectiv’s first compilation, Family Tree, and selected for a CD sampler from French magazine Tsugi.

The next sensation to scorch floors from Berlin to Buenos Aires was Daria’s Les Gourmandises, her first EP, released in early 2009 by Denmark’s very exclusive Lomidhigh imprint. This was another essential project as it housed “Pampero” and “Bonbon” – dual delights that have received support from, among others, Laurent Garnier, Nima Gorji, Barem, and Jorge Savoretti, who said “Pampero” was one of his and Barem’s favourite summer hits at Bar 25.

Adding to the rich tapestry of textures that can now be found in her discography, Daria has also released during the summer 2010 on Cadenza Lab “Santeria EP” with a Lee Van Dowski Edit of Gauchito Gil track. The Ep was supported by lot of well knows artists as Radio Slave, Mathias Kaden, Adultnapper, Matthias Tanzmann. The tracks captures Daria’s unique and captivating fusion of electronic and organic elements with subtly effected voice and wisps of harp or violins, rolling Latin percussion and sampled jazz drums, delicate kalimba melodies.

During the same summer, she released in duo with Alejandro Mosso Falcon/Torino Ep on Organic Lomidhigh.


Santeria Ep – Cadenza Lab – Digital – 2010

Falcon / Torino Ep- Lomidhigh Organic – 12’’ – 2010

Les Gourmandises Ep – Lomidhigh Lmtd – 12’’ – 2008

Alpaga – Tsugi Sampler – CD – 2008

Alpaga – Perspectiv Records – CD, 12’’ – 2007


Urss – Selva Sur – Papucho (Daria Remix) – Monique Musique – Digital – 2009