Chelina Manuhutu is one of the powerhouse name in Techno. This Amsterdam-based DJ has travel all around the world to play in prestigious events and clubs. On September 2016, Chelina was one of the line up of Ultra Bali 2016. We were so lucky to have interview with her before her performance at Dragonfly Club last September.
How’s your performance at Ultra Bali? Was it fun?
Yes of course. It was really fun. It was amazing. The people, the vibe, everything was perfect, actually. To be in Bali is great. Everybody is already happy and it was on a beach club. It was amazing!
What’s your favorite moment at Ultra Bali?
When I played there, of course. I really enjoy my set. I also stayed looking at the other one and dancing. It was really nice because we’re like a team. Together and supporting each other.
You played Techno. What magic did you find in it?
It’s a certain feeling that gets me. I get carry away. I don’t know, I just love it. It’s in my thing. I can dance for hours, keep on going because of the music. It’s like addiction to me. It keeps me going.
Did your brother introduce you to Techno? Did he play the same music?
No! He plays mellow and club house. Also groovy. Maybe some Techno, too. However, his music more club house.
So how did you come across to Techno music?
For music, I was introduced by my father. He’s an artist as well, he was playing in Latin rock band. So I was grow up with music like Santana, a lot of percussion in it. Also a lot of soul and funk, because my parents used to play this at home. I grew up with The Brains, Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai. So it’s not necessarily Techno music. Techno music has a bit similar feeling to the music in my father’s band, actually. When I listen to them, I hear live House music with a lot of percussion, a lot of groove, and this is what Techno music also has. It’s more with the bass, the percussion and the drum. It’s not strange that I chose this genre because it has lot of similar sound in it with the influence I heard.
What’s your hardest gig ever and how you tackled it?
Wow, the hardest gig (laughs). Well they are all easy because I’m enjoying it so much. So I never really had a hard job. It’s always difficult when they aren’t many people because you get so much energy from the people. It takes you to a certain direction. When you have not a lot of people is difficult because you have to play whatever you like.
You’re a resident in Ibiza. How Ibiza changed you from the first time you came there until now?
The first time I went there was ten years ago (laughs). The first time I played was 2011, so I think it will change you in a certain direction. Generally, I really didn’t change because I still play Techno pretty much the same I did in beginning. Maybe more up to date, but I can still play old track as well. Good music it doesn’t have to be from current years. It can be from 90’s or make a remix out of it. Good music always stays that way.
What’s your plan for 2017?
My plan is keep on going. I always think like you never know what will happen. I think you just continue what you do, what you love to do and work even harder. I love what I’m doing and I don’t want to change it. It’s better if I can play in more clubs. We’ll see what happen.
Thank you Chelina for the time. We wishing you the best for your career!
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