Linn Elisabet is a young Swedish techno producer and dj, part of Monument and Street Life Rhythm. We like Linn because of their music taste and skills, as well as their friendly and open character. Linn has played in many underground places around Sweden, and recently has been part of La Vallée Électrique 2018 in France. This is definitely someone that you should check out if you haven’t already.
Thank you Linn for taking time to do this interview with us. First of all, I would like to ask you, where can we see you playing next and what are your next moves music-wise?
No worries, it is me who should be thankful! Next up for me is Inkonst, Malmö and Kameleont, Stockholm, two promoters that I’ve been longing to play for since I started DJ:ing. For the one who wants to join me outside Sweden though, I have just confirmed a gig in Berlin December 13th 😉 Will announce more info ://about this in the close future..! I also have some new tracks in the pipe which I’m looking forward a lot to sharing with you!
Who are your musical inspirations?
If we are going back to the roots, it is needed to say that I am a classically schooled cellist and choir singer since childhood. I imagine that it is still heard in my own productions, as well as the tracks by others I select. When I make a track, and in the process of creation while I’m mixing at the club, I most often get caught by the push and pull of dissonant and releasing harmonies which I’m certain comes from my endless hours spent in orchestras and choirs.
When did you decide to get into techno and how did that happen?
I’ve been musically active as long as I can remember, but like stated above I’ve been active within other genres. All my life I’ve had people around me who wanted to pursue a solo career. They seemed to gain strength in the spotlight, whilst I’d just sink through the floor if I ever had to perform a solo piece. In combination with my horrible self esteem I decided to start working behind artists during my teens, and for several years I worked with events, PR, label and artist management services to support other creators. Only three years ago I would never have imagined that I would be the one creating music, I would have laughed at the very thought of it. But around that time I started going to underground parties in Stockholm and already at one of my first ones I knew that I wanted to start DJ:ing myself. I got myself a Pioneer 350 setup and spent at least 2-3 hours in front of them every night, smoking through the window and imagining a dance floor on the lawn in front of the house. I recorded everything and listened during the days, trying to figure out what I needed to improve when I came home. With help from a local cultural association who hosted DJ classes 2 days a week, I was off for a pretty quick start and had my first gig after only 3 months of hard practice. And then it just kept on happening again and again.
What is techno for you?
For me, techno is a world of endless opportunities. Of building frames, rules and structures, only to be able to break them down. That goes for the music, as well as the cultural aspect of the scene, and we all have to be brave and daring to maintain the experimental and norm breaking approach that made so many of us turn away from the top-40-cis-hetero-society that we never really managed to blend with.
What do you think about the Swedish underground techno scene?
With the oppression of a culture comes the need to fight for your right to do what you love. This has of course colored the techno scene in all countries considering that the mothers and fathers of techno already suffered from persecution by racists and homophobes their entire lives. Taking this memory into present time and place we still have problems with authorities harassing the culture, although for other reasons, forcing it away from the regular clubs and into warehouses and woods. Comparing to a place like Amsterdam or Berlin, our scene is a lot more primitive since the parties are hosted in abandoned venues which was originally meant to hold something totally different: hardware stores, offices, parking lots, go kart tracks to mention only a few. And although one could complain about the narrow minds of politicians I think this has made the Swedish scene very genuine and volatile, cause the dancer as well as the DJ knows that this is one moment of time that will not ever return to be the same again. At a good and well managed party this must be one of the key factors that makes it so magical and beautiful here.
But as everything else there is room for improvement. One think that I’m missing is the space for more daring and experimental musical acts, something that I had the honor to enjoy at Norbergfestival just this weekend. I’m not gonna write an essay about that though, but recommend anyone who likes alternative electronic dance music to look it up!
What is the best DJ experience you have had so far? (can be place or production etc.)
I have to say La Vallée Electrique. The most beautiful location, the most generous hosts and the most magical crowd that I’ve had the honor to address! Even though I came home only a week ago, I have not really landed in the memories of it yet. I’m still floating and falling!
What is your dream collaboration?
Right now I’d say Mike Parker or Via App, both of them because their amazing skills in sound design, although two very different types of sounds.
If you could travel back in time to relive a specific genre or time period which would it be?
Right now I’m studying a lot of history of club and dance music, so one answer to that question could be to go back to “where it all started”. Although, who decides where something started anyway..? We are just in a constant flow of change and envelopment which stretches through the inspiration of avant garde creators looking back at their predecessors to make something new out of what has already been. I don’t know. I am happy to be here and now, and very excited about what the future has to bring.
Tell us something you want to improve in the future.
Norberg left me super inspired to play even more daring sets, but also to start developing a hybrid or even live setup…! I also just got a pair of turntables so I’m aiming to bring some wax to the clubs later this year. Last but not least I’m gonna start a co-lab with a visual artist this fall. I’m super excited to share the creation process with someone and bring another element into the performance!
What type of art do you like? (you could attach an example 🙂 )
I just love performance art, audiovisuals and light/sound installations. I’ve always had a hard time with just looking upon a photograph or painting for more than a few seconds. But if there is movement or sound involved I can stand staring, feeling, listening for ages. I’m also very mesmerized by the human body which is a piece of art itself. Actually there is a music video which I’d like to share which I think is super beautiful. Found it a few years ago and I still watch it regularly.