September 13 | 11:00PM - 12:00AM
Defining yourself as a DJ is a lengthy process, it starts when you first become interested in music and stays with you throughout your career: fluid, flexible, tangible. For Yulia Niko, it began with buying ‘Western music’ from her local record store. Born in Russia during a time of great political change, her post-Glasnost life opened up unimaginable opportunities.
Quickly falling under the spell of House music, she learned to DJ and was soon a resident in the best club in Sochi. After getting her Law degree, Yulia relocating first to Greece, then New York where she wrote two albums worth of material which ended up getting her signed to a number of labels. Her break out track, ‘Zurich’, a personal highlight of her career, was snapped up by Get Physical to widespread acclaim. No wonder she received a coveted ‘One to Watch’ from Mixmag the same year.
Finally moving to Berlin, where she currently lives and works, Yulia refocused her attention and wrote another brace of tracks, two of which were picked up by Damien Lazarus’ Rebellion imprint. Now signed to some impressive top-tier labels, Yulia’s studio craft was being recognised by an ever-growing army of high profile admirers including Dennis Ferrer, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, and many others who were playing and charting her music.
Yulia’s minimal deep tech sound is heavily influenced by Detroit and Chicago house. A sound that Watergate Club, Berlin loved so much, they made her a resident. She is also currently busy in the studio working on new material for Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, Objektivity, and Hottrax.
Her remix for Italoboyz ‘Midnight Summer Dream’ featuring Durant has featured in the Beatport Top 100 charts for 9 months already, equally, her ‘Lost Souls’ remix for Eekle Kleijn has picked up impressive admiration as well with over 37,000 plays on Spotify. Radio support has come from the UK’s Danny Howard on BBC Radio One as well as underground plays on John Digweed’s globally renowned Transitions podcast.
Besides her incredible DJ and studio skills, Yulia has impressive business acumen. Setting up her first record label, TochnoTechno back in 2016 showed the tougher end of her musical palette and helped her understand the logistics of the business. Now, in 2019, she is delivering her new label project, Libe Vibe, for her own productions and to champion other talented artists.