For many years, dance music has been a dominant genre of the music scene in Europe. Only in the last few years has it really started hitting the mainstream in the U.S. taking over everything from festivals to local radio stations.
We all know that DJing is a male-dominated art form so it’s time to celebrate the females who are producing great work, too! She’s as talented as she is gorgeous. Keep a look out for this next great DJ as she’ll be touring within the next year!
Q&A with Xenia Ghali
When did you first become interested in music? When did you first know you wanted to become a DJ?
Music has always been a big part of my life. I started playing the classical piano and flute when I was five-years-old and later, at around 15-years-old, I picked up the guitar and the drums when I formed a rock band in high school. That was when I started writing music and decided that creating music was my true passion.
I moved to the UK to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and Production and that was when I started producing dance music and DJing. I saved up some money and bought myself a couple of second-hand Technics 1210 turntables and five old house records. I set them up in my dorm room and just started teaching myself how to spin. One thing led to another and I started getting booked to play a few local clubs and eventually the Ministry of Sound in London.
How would you describe your signature musical style? What do you consider your calling card, the one or two things that let listeners know it’s a Xenia Ghali track? Your beats, transitions, favorite chord progressions?
My style is music. I love music of all styles and genres. I guess the fact that I like to fuse and mix together different styles is the most obvious characteristic in the music I produce. I’m a producer and I’m classically trained in music, so I don’t like to restrict myself to a specific genre when I’m creating. Having said that, I love rhythm and I have a huge love for bass. These two elements are very prominent in most of the music you’ll hear me produce. For me, it’s all about the feel at the end of the day. If it feels right and resonates with people, then that’s it!
In terms of what I like to DJ during my shows, I grew up in Europe so my sets are primarily House, Deep House, Tech House, Big Room, and Electro House depending on the club or festival.
I love transitions when I DJ, so you’ll hear me playing around with my transition fusing the two or three tracks all together to create a longer transition filled with anticipation. It’s almost like remixing two or three tracks together in real time, bringing in the beat from one and the vocal from the other or finding other creative ways to “marry” them.
As someone who mixes new and old music on a daily basis, what are a few of your all-time favorite songs and what are some of your current favorites you are looking forward to mixing?
That is such a tough question! I have so many favorites – both old and new. Some of my all-time favorite old songs are “I Feel Love” – Donna Summer, “Blue Monday” – New Order, “Around the World” – Daft Punk, “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen, “Sound of Silence” – Simon and Garfunkel, “Flower” – Moby. With regards to new music, right now I’m really loving “Fantasy” – Alina Baraz, “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weekend”, “Intoxicated” – Marin Solveig and GTA. “Get It Right” ft Terri B! – Laidback Luke, Moska, “Lean On” ft MO and DJ Snake – Major Lazer and so many more!