ME & her are a DJ/production duo with a residency on Ibiza Global Radio. They’re making waves in the underground techno scene and their latest EP was released Monday on Berlin imprint OFF RECORDINGS. The pair are also about to embark on a tour of Europe and India which includes a few dates at the revered Off Sonar parties. We caught up with the ladies to find out more about them and their music…
Hi ME & her, thanks for taking the time to chat to us! How is 2015 treating you so far? We see you’ve got a number of gigs in Spain and Switzerland in the next few months as well as an upcoming India tour – you must be pretty excited for all of that?
2015 has been amazing for us so far, although there were some quiet moments in the beginning of the year.
We used this time to produce new releases and now we are excited to be back on the decks for a great summer season. We love the summer and playing openair gigs. We also love traveling around the world, seeing new places, meeting new people. It’s important for us to bring our spirit to a new crowd through our music.
So what’s the techno scene like in India?
As we’ve never been to to this huge country we dont really know what to expect, but we only hear good things about india. But some DJ colleagues told us in advance that it will be an amazing experience. So we are ready to explore India and the underground scene. It seems the scene there is growing more and more each year and the people are open for our style.
You’re also playing three dates at Off Sonar later this month and you were there last year too. Sonar is on our bucket list of festivals, particularly as it’s in Barcelona and we both really love that city! Is it a festival you enjoy playing?
We love Barcelona. A very great and charismatic city and we always enjoy playing there. Sonar, especially the Off-Sonar showcases & events are a very good opportunity to meet up with our labels & with our DJ colleagues, promoters and bookers from all over the world (it’s like a family gathering for us). Its crazy to decide and coordinate schedule of playing, partying and socializing so its almost not possible to attend to every party but this chaos brings up the possibility to meet new people & artists and to discover new acts and music.
Your latest release on OFF Recordings is due out on Monday – a 3 track EP called ‘Lost’. We’ve had a sneak peek of the EP and we absolutely love it – its packed with dark, melodic techno sounds that tick all of our boxes. Is this a sound that you’re going to continue to push out? Have you got any other releases in the pipeline?
Thanks a lot! Yes that’s definitely the sound which defines us and as well it’s the sound we love and feel. The EP is perfect to show the both side of us, the emotional part in ‘Lost’ and the groovy forward going techhouse / techno influences that you will hear in ‘April’ which actually covers our melodic & dark side.
We have 4 new EPs in the pipeline and a single track release on a major label compilation, but unfortunately we can’t tell you more at the moment. But we are very excited and looking forward to reveal it soon.
A little documentary is also coming. We had a video filmer that joined us for a weekend and it will give you some insights how we are on stage and in our private life.
We’ve read that you’re determined to cement yourselves as underground techno DJs and that you have even declined larger, well paid commercial bookings so that you can focus on the more intimate and raw techno gigs. We like your approach and it’s nice to see DJs that stay true to their sound and don’t sell out, however do you think this will be harder to do as you continue to grow from your success?
To be honest, last year was a very important year for us. We were struggeling with ourselves and we tried a lot of things out to find out what we really want to achieve with our music. We just realised that we prefer to do art and play shows which we truly enjoy and at the moment we prefer to play our intense techno sounds. In this scene we are not that established right now to earn big fees.
To make clear, everything which is becoming popular is on one point commercial. We just don’t want to play gigs right now, where people expect a different sound than the music we are producing and releasing at the moment.
With our productions we never orient ourselves on the latest charts. It’s nice to enter them with our own style and our kind of music but we focus on productions that we will play in our sets, so we can put our hearts fully into it.
We’re big supporters of the ladies of the techno scene! We have a lot of love for Anja Schneider, Nina Kraviz, Miss Sunshine and more… which artists have influenced your sound and inspired you to create your music?
Jen: I grew up in the harder Techno scene of Leipzig, Berlin and Brandenburg (Germany) where I got influenced by acts like DJ Rush or Ferry S (really heard stuff … hahaha). Yeah it was a great time for me to experience hard techno beats with dark vocals or synths infront of huge soundsystem walls. I actually learned a lot from these genres for producing our own stuff. There was the female frenchcore act Sonnotek from France who really inspired me to make my way within a male dominated music scene. I always admired her courage to be on the lineup with all the male acts.
Phuong: I have to say that I’ve got influenced by many musicians of different styles like Pink floyd, D’Angelo, Dennis Ferrer to name a few randomly. The former was a big inspiration for me. My father had a great vinyl selection and I loved or still love their LP ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’. And there is one special song from the Cure calls ‘Lullaby’ which really got me from the first time I heard it and I always wanted to create my own music to touch other people as well and to share those moments with them. So combine the dark, spherical techno sound of Jen and my melancholic, a bit old school heart-touching sound of mine – that’s ME & her
As resident DJs of Ibiza Global Radio do you visit the white isle much? What’s your favourite club on the island?
Ibiza is indeed a magical island for us. Not only for good music, people and parties but also good restaurants, wonderful beaches, beautiful landscape and some secret hidden gems. We are going to Ibiza every year and it’s our dream to live there in the next few years. We play at Blue Marlin in June and have played at Sankeys last year. We would love to play more often.
Our favourite locations are Ushuaia Ibiza, DC10 and Space. So we hope to get on the line-up of one of these venues in the future. Time will tell….
As well we are friends with Ibiza Global Radio and Sonica Ibiza. So you will hear us there for sure more often in the next few months.
And finally, if you were both techno kittens for the day what would you get up to?
We would probably jump around and do some kitty stunts and hunt after birds, mice and dogs trying to provoke them. Thank god cats have 9 lives 😉