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A born-and-bred breakbeat junkie, she spills out determined electronica with no excuses—lascivious, large, and loud. —Richert Gordon Salondaka
Her sound is mature, flirting with the nuances of emotion. Not sexy (that’ too easy) but, rather, sinful. Not melancholy but wistful. Not dark but defiant. Never happy but hopeful. If you like “rainbow-trance-anthems,” this DJ is not for you. Of all things, Samira is not one-size-fits-all. —Jay Baik
Affiliations: Just Say Agency, Sister SF, Witches’ Brew, Incognita , AMbreaks
Raised in Amsterdam and of Dutch/Indonesian descent, Samira spent her formative years listening to the percussive sounds of the Indonesian gamelan, and began her life-long love affair with the piano at age 7. She discovered life behind the decks after dropping out of a PhD program in literature in late 1999, and she hasn’t looked back since. Today, whether it’ nu-skool breaks, tribal or progressive, a deep love for percussion, combined with that of story-telling, remains at the root of Sam’ sound.
In 2000, she co-founded the all-female DJ collective Witches’ Brew, which is best known for its monthly residency at the popular Beatdown party in Berkeley. The women of Witches’ Brew recently recruited 2 new residents and upped the ante for 2003, as they now collectively hold down nine residencies, host two weekly online radio shows, are traveling for out of town gigs, and return for their 4th season in Berkeley as a party of 5. In short, spring is barely over and this year is already proving to be a remarkable one.
In 2002 Samira earned a weekly residency at RAW in Oakland, and played at a Burning Man pre-compression party in New York. She also started up a new monthly called Sunday School Sessions, which allowed her to bring international breakbeat DJs and producers such as 10 Sui (TCR/Botchit & Scarper, UK) and the Incredible Melting Man (2 WARS) to San Francisco. In January 2003, Samira joined Sister SF, the longest running female DJ crew in the Bay Area (and beyond). With the Sister collective she has thrown parties in SF and at the WMC in Miami.
Sam has DJed all over the West Coast, New York, and the WMC in Miami, and has started to carve a niche for herself with her dark & compelling nu-skool breaks. She has played alongside talent such as: 10 Sui, the Incredible Melting Man, Heather Heart, Reid Speed, Shortee, Charlotte the Baroness, Michael Anthony, Sara Walker, and more.
Her mixes include Samira vs. the Vocal Tracks (CD), 13th Hour Rain: for the Candle (CD), an untitled promo (CD), and Basshead Battle (CD). She currently holds three residencies, hosts two weekly online radio shows at CLUB 246 RADIO, and will be appearing in a documentary about female DJs: “Vinyl Is A Girls Best Friend” (scheduled for release late 2003). She’ one of the most recently signed artists on the roster of Just Say Agency.
Tune into Club 246 Radio online (www.club246.com) every Sunday night from 9PM-1AM (PST) for Samira & Kirsten’ weekly the nu-skool breaks showcase. Tune in again every Tuesday from 11AM-1PM (PST) for HANKtheGUYwithRECORDS and Samira’ show: Interlaced
Other affiliations include RAW, PixelBiscuit and Beatdown: these are the crews whose support has been, and remains, integral to her musical pursuits.