Dutch-born Steffie Doms (better known as Steffi) was featured twice on XLR8R last year. The first appeared around April when the Berlin-based DJ-producer invited us into her hardware-heavy studio to discuss the launch of her new live set and how she was tailoring her touring schedule to allow her more time to work on her productions; the second arrived several months later and focused specifically on the relaunch of Klakson, the imprint she co-runs with Dexter, her compatriot who marked the occasion soon thereafter with a 70-minute mix full of gritty and funky electro.
During the same conversations, it was agreed that Steffi, too, would contribute to the XLR8R podcast series; in a sense, we asked her to celebrate the label's relaunch and prosperity with a showcase of its electro/IDM-focused sound. It's been a long time coming—over eight months in total, if you're counting—but it's certainly a mix worth waiting for.
Shying away from the limelight, Steffi has long been a real DJ's DJ; she is widely acclaimed for both her technical proficiencies and ability to deliver the right record at the right time. The foundations for these successes were laid during a decade of spinning in Amsterdam—"..it[this period] allowed me the time and space to really hone my skill set as a DJ," she says—before a move to Berlin in 2007 and an invitation to join to Ostgut booking roster gave her the platform to excel and offered a wider audience to which she could then begin to express herself. In a 60-minute mix laced with dirty electro and broken beat cuts, Doms delivers another timely reminder of the skills that earned her a Panorama Bar residency over eight years ago.
When and where was the mix recorded?
Last week at home.
What equipment did you record the mix on?
Two technics 1210 and a Rane 2015 mixer
Did you have a specific idea/mood that you wanted to express?
In last year's interview with XLR8R, i spoke about the relaunch of my other label Klakson records. This has always been a more electro/IDM-based imprint; to celebrate the return, my label buddy Dexter and I came up with an idea to do two electro-flavored mixes.
How did you select the specific tracks that you wanted to include?
It's a blend of new contemporary broken beats with some more classic electro from the last few years. There is a nice community picking up the genre again which is really inspiring.
How did you approach this mix in comparison to a regular DJ set?
Go with the flow.
You relaunched your Klakson label towards the end of last year. How are thing shaping up with that?
I have quite a few things lined up for that. I have just finished a release with Dexter, and I signed a few brand new artists as well.
What else have you got coming up this year? Can we expect some more releases?
In 2014 i started a new project with Martyn called Doms & Deykers. We released two 12"s and we just finished our first album which will see daylight at the end of this year. We’ll be performing a few live shows to celebrate this. In 2017 I will be taking quite some time off DJing to write my third solo album.