To say Auriga has been on a run of form in 2021 would be somewhat of an understatement. With a slew of emphatic techno weapons clocked on the on the likes of Odd Recordings, Set About, Techburst, Gain Records and Dolma Red over the past twelve months, the prolific Spanish talent now looks to continue her incredible run of recent releases with the announcement of her latest juggernaut cut, This Is Our World. Out now via Pan-Pot’s iconic Second State imprint, This Is Our World sees Auriga celebrate her long-awaited debut on the much-lauded German techno label, as she provides the all-important closing finale for their brand new eleven-track SUM 10 compilation. Joining the likes of Yotam Avni, Indira Paganotto, Kai van Dongen and Giogia Angiuli to name just a few, Auriga’s contribution is everything we’ve come to expect and more from the creative Spanish mastermind, who delivers a heady, peak-time offering, brimming with pulsating broken beats, piercing synth refrains and dark, industrial samples. A true masterclass in modern, dynamic techno from a producer who seems to posses that all-important Midas touch, Auriga places her flawless production credentials front and center, as she leaves her indelible mark on one of the most exciting imprints on the European techno circuit right now. We caught up with Alejandra to find out more…
Hi Alejandra! How are you today?
I am very happy and excited as the situation is improving in our sector, I’ve already had a couple of gig that went so great and I recently recording a very special streaming these days with Odd Recordings that I’m super happy about.
Starting at the beginning, how did you first get into techno music?
I discovered techno in my hometown Oviedo (north of Spain), some friends took me to a party at “La Real” nightclub and I was very surprised by that music and the good vibes that were generated at these parties. I became very interested in the DJs who played and the styles they played and began to investigate electronic music and more specifically techno.
What drew you to techno over other genres of electronic music?
My hometown is a small city in the north of Spain but every weekend the best DJs played at “La Real” nightclub, Dave Clarke, Oscar Mulero, Ben Sims, Joey Beltram, James Ruskin, Surgeon … that music left a mark on me, I also love to dance and techno is harder than other styles and super danceable – so although I like other styles of electronic music to listen to, I think something from that time stayed with me and I always pull towards that sound when I produce and when I DJ.
How would you best describe your sound?
My sound is forceful, energetic and very danceable. I also like to include minimal sounds and voices in my tracks. My sound has a touch of old school techno that has influenced me so much as well.
Who were / are some of your biggest influences, sonically?
I follow very diverse styles within techno. My favorite producer has always been Joey Beltram, he has a timeless sound, his tracks are still current 20 years later. I’ve always loved the sound of the British Murder Boys (Surgeon and Regis) ,Richie Hawtin… nowadays to say some names I follow Shlomo, Blame the Mono, Tassid, Regal…. I love the sound of Oddrecordings, I find it super fun and danceable and I also like Second State which always goes one step further looking for something different. I’m very happy to have released on both labels over the past two months.
What were you doing before you decided to make a leap into the world of music?
I worked as a computer engineer in Madrid, I led a quiet life but I felt that something was missing, one day I gave my boyfriend a DJ set for his birthday (I think it was an excuse to have it myself haha) and I started learning to DJ and got more and more interested in music, I started producing and it seems that everything made sense, I was much more motivated in my life and I felt really fulfilled since then.
Congratulations on your new record ‘Paipah’. What can fans expect from this release?
It’s a super danceable and fun track! A forceful track with attention-grabbing vocals that break the beat to bring in an old school synth to make a groove that is impossible not to move with! Hope you enjoy it.
What’s your connection to Odd Recordings?
Ramiro López is a Spanish artist that I’ve always admired, I’ve always played a lot of music from Odd Recordings and started to send demos to the label. They’ve always been very kind, because even if they did not fit them at that time they encouraged me to keep sending. He recently invited me to a very special streaming which you can view here and I really feel supported by the label and hope to continue working with them in the future.
Do you have any other releases upcoming that you’d like to share with us?
Yes! My latest track “This Is Our World” has just been released on Pan-Pot’s Second State label. It’s the closing track for their new SUM 10 compilation!
Beyond releases, what do you have coming up over the course of 2021? Any exciting projects or touring you can talk to us about?
I have some more releases which I can talk about very soon, and some new gigs for the summer. The situation is improving and parties are emerging again!
Thanks for your time Alejandra and we wish you all the best!
Thank you very much for your support. See you on the dancefloor!
Auriga – This Is Our World is out now via Second State as part of their SUM 10 compilation. Listen here.