Berlin-based DJ and label boss Paramida has stamped her name on the map through her refined selections and distinctive and surprising DJ sets, skills she’s honed through her years working at OYE Records and now through her residency at Panorama Bar. These tastes guide the A&R behind her label Love On The Rocks, which is about to reach its sixth year, and has been home to artists like Violet, Das Komplex, Massimiliano Pagliara and Fancis Inferno Orchestra. Recorded off the cuff, her four hour mix shares some LOTR releases and favourites, cruising through proto-house, acid, new beat and trance.
(Extended Mix) is a new charitable series that celebrates all-night specialists and more simple, carbon-friendly lineups. Instead of paying on the door for this extended experience, we invite listeners to donate to the DJ directly while their gigs are cancelled, or to a chosen charity. For this one Paramida has chosen Sea-Watch, a German NGO that saves lives in the Mediterranean sea.
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First off, how have you been finding lockdown? What has been the biggest challenge and more positive outcome you’ve experienced through extended time at home?
It’s been okay. Of course it sucks that I haven’t been out and DJing, but at the same time I had more time to focus on things that I didn’t have time for before.
Thanks for recording an extended mix for us. How did you find the recording process?
It was pretty difficult for me to decide which direction to go, because there are so many different possibilities. Having a crowd definitely makes it easier, because you can react to them. Usually there’s some kind of an unspoken communication and energy exchange that leads to what I
play during my sets.
How did you approach the mix? Did you have an idea in mind beforehand? Was there much pre-planning or did you just trust your instincts?
My initial idea was to record a mix that serves as a short version of a possible all night long set of mine in a club. But then I preferred the idea of doing something else, because I think that a club set will never sound as good at home, because it’s not the same vibe. I usually have a lot of tempo changes within a long set. Like anything that lays between extremely slow and much faster music. But this time I decided to keep it between 95 and 113 bpm, since that’s the tempo that I’ve been playing the least often. So in the end I just made a mix without any concept. I just went from “oh this sound cool” to “oh and it goes with this” for like 4 hours.
Could you talk us through a couple standouts from set?
There’s a Force Of Nature Remix of a track called ‘Best Of Friends’ that came out on Public Release. It reminds me of my friend Mike who recently died. So I’ve been really wanting to play it somehow in memory of him.
Apart from that, I played a couple of Love On The Rocks releases, such as the reissue of Romie Singh’s “Cry Freedom”. Romie Singh is a singer/songwriter and her lyrics are timeless and really suit the current discourses. “It’s hard to love with so much fighting, hard to love with so much war / All they want is gold and silver, all they want is time to love / And freedom to dance.”
I also played Ghost Vision’s Shakuhachi that also came out on LOTR. The mix ends with the same track that closed my latest Panorama Bar set 🙂
Where’s been your favourite place to play an all-night set, and why?
I’ve only played all night long at Robert Johnson. Apart from that the closing sets at Panorama Bar come close to an all night long set – without the warm up though. I really love playing long sets, since it gives you the opportunity to take people on a journey. I love the opportunity to build it up from scratch and take it to any direction. The art of DJing to me is finding the balance between what the crowd wants and what you want, plus teach and preach. Having a residency at Panorama Bar, this turned out to become a very challenging and exciting thing to expose myself to regularly.
Who are some of your favourite all-night specialists, and why?
DJ Harvey never plays hard, instead he boils the crowd until soft.
Tell us a bit more about your chosen charity – what work do they do and why is it so important to you?
Sea-Watch is a German NGO that saves lives in the Mediterranean sea. I think it’s a shame that people are dying in the Mediterranean just because they search for a better life. I donate regularly to this organisation that has done so much. In case you can afford it, please make a donation: One life jacket costs 15 euro.