Meet Samanta, the Burn Residency winner 2015.
Last year, I was part of the Burn Residency bootcamp, among other 19 finalists from all over the world. One of them was Samanta, a young friendly girl from Lithuania which was aslo my roommate during the competition.
Since the first day I met her, I knew that she will be the winner that year. We bounded very well, she was like my little sister, and I didn’t feel like we were in a competiton and everybody was for himself.
In the everyday life she was more shy then the others contestants, but when she was on the stage she was the most confident person I have ever seen playing. She had attitude, self control, although she was only 22 years old and the way she felt the music when she was playing in the boot… omg … what else can I say, she had the whole package to be a succesfull dj! And she is!
Today the stage is hers!
After almost an year since she won the Burn Residency contest, I decided to take her a short interview so that you guys can get to know her better and learn some usefull tips for your future career.
1. From your point of view, which is the most important thing a Dj should have to succed in this field?
I think the most important thing, or one of the most important things, is self confidence. And I’m not afraid to talk with important people, who knows, maybe they could give you a chance to play in a good party or they would like to invite you to their club and there you could have a chance to meet the most popular Djs and share your new tracks with them.
2.It has been almost a year since you won The Burn Residency contest, how do u feel?
I feel like I’m blessed! I always dreamed about how amazing would be to meet Carl Cox, Dubfire, John Digweed, Pete Tong and so on… But it was like a secret dreams… And now I had the chance to be a resident in Space at Carl Cox’s parties and I also played at his B-Day celebration. I also had a mini tour in Argentina and I did the warm up for Dubfire, I had dinner meetings with him and spoke about him coming to my country and maybe play together again while I could show him good restaurants, because I think we all know by now, that he is a great lover of good food. Some other time I had dinner with John Digweed and he actually played in my country and it was really nice to meet him again, especially because he brought a present for me – his new 6 cd pack from Bedrock label. So, after those things you think that you’re flying through the clouds 😉
3.How much time do u spend to prepare for a Gig?
Now I created a simple system and it doesn’t take a lot of time. Usually it takes one hour, maximum two.
4.Do you have any advices for thiS year Burn Residency contestants?
Show REAL YOURSELF and don’t try to follow trends. I mean don’t play anything that you don’t like or feel it’s who you are. Find your own style and don’t be afraid to share it with the people, try to see how the crowd reacts when you’re playing. Don’t be shy and try to have eye contact with the listeners and dance along with them. For me it’s not cool when the dj doesn’t move at all and he never watches the dancefloor. So, don’t be one of them, because I know that there are hundreds of djs who do that…
5.If you could do any job in the world, would you still want to be a dj?
Sure, for me it’s job NUMBER ONE. It’s not even a job for me, it’s my passion and I cannot imagine myself doing something else. I agree that music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music (it was said by Billy Joel).
6.Since you are dj, what was the funniest story that ever happend to you?
I think a lot of djs had the same funny story like I had. I was playing at a party and somehow I didn’t see which channel is mine and I did the transition on the wrong channel and I heard the track which was the next to play in my headphones but the crowd didn’t and I was dancing a lot. Suddenly, one of the sound guys came to me and asked me why there’s no music playing right now and it was then that we realized that the music was playing in the other channel… So yeah, sh*t happens :)))