After deciding in early 2016 to devote more time to recording mixes, the Amsterdam-based Romanian artist Aleksa Alaska has quickly become one of the most talked-about selectors and club DJs in Europe.
Before she’d even set foot in a DJ booth, Aleksa had already built up an online following. Initially, this was thanks to her YouTube channel, where she shared favourite tracks plucked from obscure 80s and early 90s electronic music releases. Soon, online radio stations and websites started requesting mixes, from the legendary Red Light Radio to NTS, Rinse, Intergalactic FM, LYL, Operator, and Boiler Room.
Yet, for all of her online fame and exploration of mind-altering home listening material, it is in the clubs that Aleksa is really making her mark. Here, she focuses on the more robust, energetic, and forthright end of her music collection, performing sets that join the dots between house, trance, techno, and electro stompers.
This she naturally does with flair and distinction, working dancefloors with sets marked out by inspired selections from the past and present. It’s an approach that has led to a bulging DJ diary and appearances at well-regarded clubs and festivals in Spain, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Study Aleksa’s list of previous and forthcoming dates, and you’ll spot appearances at some legendary venues and festivals. There’s a feeling, though, that this is only the beginning for Aleksa and, spurred on by an unquenchable thirst for discovering new and overlooked music, the best is yet to come.
AGENT: Peter Beer