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Nina Kraviz criticized for not playing enough ‘techno’

Russian producer and DJ Nina Kraviz has had her fair share of career high points as of late. In addition to her record label, TRIP, winning Mixmag’s 2015 label of the year, throughout 2016 she held monthly BBC Radio 1 residencies and recently took to the deck’s for Fabric‘s long-lived mix series — one of the most revered techno instiutions in the industry. Further solidifying her role as techno tastemaker, Nina just finished up an active weekend of touring in Australia with fellow heavy-hitters Marcel Dettmann and Bjarki.

One of the reasons Nina is so well-respected by her peers and fans is because of her conceptual, open-minded approach to making and playing music. Continuously pushing boundaries and blending genres and sounds in a way that most artists wouldn’t dare, the charismatic producer is admired by many for her energetic stage presence and unapologetic confidence when it comes to speaking her mind. That is to say, not everyone appreciates her eclectic style and fearless personality.

On November 12, Nina played a 3-hour closing set for smalltown’s Melbourne beach party. Unfortunately, a few techno die-hards were less than impressed with what they heard, complaining that her set was far from “pure techno.” Taking these comments to heart, Nina provided an emotional response to her critics via her Facebook page, emphasizing freedom of expression and maintaining an inclusive outlook towards music. Check out the highlights of her post below:


“People wanted ‘techno’ and I offered none in their opinion – in fact all I played was pretty much techno at least in my own definition but much of a broader spectrum.”

“Well what can I say. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but it definitely takes some time, experience and knowledge to form one.”

“I grew up with a slightly different concept about music as one big sonic space with everything wired into each other. Following this concept the bridge between techno and disco is very short. On top of that I believe that music is about freedom of expression and a perfect tool to connect people of a different kind.”

“I personally always loved less obvious or predictable sonic landscapes because the unknown was always more attractive to me than what I already have experienced. I always loved Laurent Garnier for this exact reason and for his ability to connect with music.”

“On this positive note I would like to send my warmest greetings to those who appreciate me for being myself. And those who don’t understand what I am doing – thank you for stopping by.”

You can read the inspiring post in its entirety below.

H/T: Mixmag

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