– What’s your musical background?

I started as a djing as a hobby when I was 19, and after a few years, I realized that my restlessness was bigger, so I started to produce with Ableton Live. I had to ask for private lessons from some producer friends to create the music I was aiming to do, and that’s when my single project Awwz was born.

So it wasn’t a decision at all, it just came up, somehow. I started learning because I wanted to know how it worked and I was curious. I’m the kind of person that listens to some music first thing in the morning before getting out of bed.

– Where does your dj name come from? What does Awwz stand for?

Since I’m super bad at names, and after looking so long for a good name, I decided that all the projects have a beginning and an end, just as the alphabet has the first letter A and the last one Z.

My name is Gemma, with double M’s, so I turned them upside down into two WW and located them in between. AWWZ.

– Do you collect records? Where do you shop mainly? What’s your most coveted record?

I don’t collect records much since I’m more into producing than djing lately. Also, I’m into digital format most of the time. I used to buy on Bandcamp, Beatport, and Itunes as a last resource. Lots of unique pieces on Soundcloud and my coveted folder is full of unreleased songs from friends, Soundcloud and curator friends.

 

I like to remix but I prefer to work on my own songs; sometimes I feel like I can’t convert what’s already done and I start to circle around the same point, wasting lots of hours. But, hey, other times it’s super easy. 🙂

– What about remixing is so enjoyable to you?

I like to remix but I prefer to work on my own songs; sometimes I feel like I can’t convert what’s already done and I start to circle around the same point, wasting lots of hours. But, hey, other times it’s super easy. 🙂

– What’s the one track you can’t stop playing recently?

Kodak – baby.daddi https://soundcloud.com/tommygenesis/kodak

– I bet you’ve dj’ed some crazy shows. Any fun stories to share?

I lost my drumstick this last Friday and had to play with my fist the rest of the song in a museum!

– Do you have a favorite city you like to play in?

I always liked to play in Portugal because I love the clubs there, but my new favorite city is Tokyo as of last year.

– What’s your favorite part about djing?

To connect with the crowd and create a real party together. It can’t just be about me playing for people I don’t stand for. So when the connection happens, it’s so worth it.

– Who is your dream collaborator (dead or alive)?

Nowadays? Probably Seiho.

– What’s your favorite post-show snack?

Can we include red wine as a snack?

Interview: Sunny Lee | Photos: Angie Lopez