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Feature: Pretty Pink [Interview]

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Risen from the deep & dark woods in Germany, Pretty Pink made her way through the steaming and raging international club zone to manifest her belief into the most intimate basement raves and the biggest festival stages. Her gigs like at the Tomorrowland Festival are unforgettable as well as her numerous club gigs around the globe. With two own labels, own radio show and weekly livestream Pretty Pink might not have time to relax even in Corona times. Pretty Pink blends a tasteful sound with a twist of madness that elevates the crowd to new heights. With years of experience under her belt, the multi-talented workaholic has created a brand built to last. She will stop at nothing to continue cultivating and developing her sound.

Hi Pretty Pink, first of all, where are you right now and how are you at all?

Hello, I am in my current hometown Leipzig at the moment. I love this city with its history, many historic buildings and at the same time young and creative scene. And despite the crisis, I'm doing well at the moment and I try to fill the free time with my other projects

And what’s on your schedule for the upcoming weeks?

Sometimes I don't even know where to start, but that's just as it should be. I'm still planning releases on my label WANDERLUST and I've also just started a second label called DEEP WOODS. The first releases are already out and have received positive feedback throughout, which I am very proud of. I also invest a lot of time in my live streams on TWITCH to stay close to my fans and not to lose the close contact I usually have in the club. From these live sessions I receive an enormous amount of energy and inspiration for my productions in the studio and everyday life. Furthermore, my new single "Sex, Drugs, Crowd Control" has just been released and the next releases are already in the pipeline.

How do you manage to stay positive and motivated during these times?

As for many other people, not only in the music industry, the crisis initially caused a shock, but I quickly recovered from it. I focus on the music, my labels and additional creative output. To get a healthy balance for the work in the studio and in the label office I usually eat a very healthy nutrition and do a lot of sports. All this helps me to cope with the situation and to look forward to a positive future. I think we all have to stick together now and support each other. Because that's what the electronic music scene and us human beings are all about.

What does “DEEP WOODS” the name of your new label mean to you?

I grew up in the Harz Mountains, in a mountainous and forested area in Germany. The closeness to nature, especially the dense green forests still give me a special feeling of energy and inspiration. I would like to share these positive aspects with my new label. On the label, talented young artists will have the opportunity to publish on the one hand, but also exciting international acts.  The label itself will have a clear orientation towards Melodic Techno & House and Progressive.

Are you musically trained? And do you think it’s necessary for success in writing electronic music?

I did not have a classical musical education, but rather by chance I came to DJing and later to producing. One can say that I am a creative person and basically feel very much at ease in creative processes. I studied graphic design and at the same time I was interested in producing and working in the studio. I am certainly not all perfect, but I try to develop myself constantly and learn something new every day.

What was your introduction to electronic music and do you recall the defining moment that you chose it as a career path?

To be honest, I came to DJing by chance. No doubt,  I've always loved music. In my school days I made money on the side by creating flyers for clubs and one day a DJ was missing in one of these clubs and they asked me. I immediately liked to play, watched other DJ's and always practiced, practiced, practiced! That's how it all started. Since then I have been there and I am delighted every day to have the opportunity to spend my life with music. Whether in the studio or during my live mix sessions - nothing inspires me more than a heavy groove and the power of music.

How much road testing or friend feedback is done before you’re ready to say a track is finished?

Actually, this is very important to me. In the past I have always tested my unreleased productions and remixes live. With the reactions from the club or from the audience of a festival I then returned to the studio after the weekend and finalized the track. At the moment I do this by including the unreleased works in my mixes or live streams and look at the reactions. Surprisingly, this works quite well.

And what else do you have planned for the next few months?

On the one hand, I watch the developments of the crisis in the individual countries and in the music industry at all. Of course I try to put the focus on releases and live streams, but on the other hand I can't wait to play live again, as far as circumstances will allow.  I hope with all my heart that the creative industry does not suffer too much from the restrictions caused by the crisis. All of us can only lead by example and make the best of the situation.

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