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Interview: Joyce Muniz

Joyce Muniz is a Brazilian DJ, vocalist, and producer based in Vienna. She's been making big waves in electronic music over the past few years and has been touted as one of the most important female house producers. She’s heading to Lola courtesy of TICT this Friday, May 10 to share her eclectic fusion of European club sounds and tropical rhythmic influences. Before the gig, we caught up with the wonder woman to find out more about her musical roots, what it's like being labeled a "female DJ" and we also get her to share some of her favorite music. Check it all out below.


City Weekend: Would you say that your musical tastes have been shaped more by Brazil or by Austria?

Joyce Muniz: It's really a complete mix of the two. My roots are in Brazil. My great uncle was a musician, so I was always listening to bossanova, jazz, and samba growing up. I moved to Austria when I was 12, which is where I discovered and developed the electronic side of my music.

CW: How did you come to DJing at such a young age?

JM: When I first moved to Austria, I couldn't speak German very well, so all I had was my CDs. I would just start playing songs whenever I was out with friends. Everything from hip hop to punk. When I was 16, I started playing on my friend's turntables, and pretty much moved into his house so I could keep playing. In 2007, I finally saved up enough money from my summer job to buy my own turntables and I started collecting vinyl. I got addicted very young, now I have almost 4000 records.

CW: When it comes to DJs or producers who are women, the "female DJ" label inevitably comes up. You've been called "one of the most important female DJs" and "one of Austria's youngest female DJs." Do you wish that people just called you an important DJ or a young DJ, period? Or are you proud to be raising the bar for female musicians everywhere?

JM: I've been DJing for 12 years now, and when I first started there were very few female DJs around. I saw Kemistry and Storm play in Vienna when I was 16, and I was blown away. The reason I play music is because I love it, it doesn't matter if it's a man or woman behind the decks, it's all about the quality - music is the language. A lot of my influences were male producers and of course the industry is still dominated by males, but I believe there's space for everyone. I do feel that women have to prove themselves twice as much to make it though. You need to be lucky to get your tracks heard. If you prove yourself though, the industry will accept you whether you are male or female. I feel I am in this new phase now, where I can start paving the way for new female musicians.

CW: After asking that last question this question might be a little weird. Who are your favorite female producers?

JM: Maya Jane Coles, of course. She's just amazing. I also love Chloe, Shinedoe, Hannah Holland, Nicole Moudaber, Peaches. Lady Waks does Breakbeats, but she's great. Girls girls girls…

CW: Who or what have you been listening to a lot of lately?

JM: Out of record labels, I would say everything from Pets Recordings, of course, Exploited and 2020 Vision, One, hypercolour. Sinotope is a great label run by these Romanian guys and the push out dark, minimal deep house. Producers I've been listening to a lot are Hot Since 82, Leftwing, Urulu, Sabban and Kolombo for more disco, sexy stuff. Maceoplex, Sante, Tom Flynn, and NTFO, I love them.

CW: What's your favorite city to play shows at and why?

JM: Catania, Sicily. I've been playing there for seven years now, and it's always sold out. I can play whatever I want from underground stuff to the craziest shit I have. People understand my music there. Sicily is my home. It's the Brazil of Europe. The food is great, weather amazing, and the party is always crazy.

CW: If your house were on fire and you could only save three albums, what would they be?

JM: Sivuca. He only put out one album. It came out in the 1973, he's super old, and his cover of "Ain't No Sunshine" is amazing. I bought it second hand for 50EUR in 2006.

Aly Us - Follow Me (1992). I was 11 when my neighbor in Brazil was washing his car and playing the album. I didn't know what it was so I asked him and he gave me this tape. Old school house. I found it again in New York years later.

Étienne de Crécy – Super Discount (1998) double album. I actually just made a bootleg of "Prix Choc", called Sensi One, because I always wanted to DJ the track, but the arrangement makes its super difficult.

Ever since, I've been getting so many requests to do more of these bootlegs. I also did one of Dusty Springfield.

I also want to mention one more album, Rockers Hi Fi – Overproof (1998), that I actually never want to leave at home. I want to take it with me wherever I go.



What: TICT presents Joyce Muniz

Where: Lola

When: Friday, May 10 | 10pm-late

How much: RMB80, includes one drink



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