Loose Lips caught of with Alba Heidari ahead of her set tonight at The Cause
Tell us about the ARIA collective and your recent party?
The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. All I can tell you is that it was based in East London at a secret location. My partner in crime, Manson X, was playing cdj, vinyl and at the same time dropping bombs with the drum machine. When he was at the controls, I had to jump on the dance floor and join the awesome crowd that was getting bigger and bigger.
How would you describe your approach to Djing and selecting music?
It is incredible nowadays, technology and the internet have facilitated easy access to a lot of music, not only digital, but also with vinyl returning to popularity. A bit screwed up for the pocket, because sometimes it is impossible not to buy, yet at the same time, it allows you to have to stop repeating tracks in your sessions - as well as being able to encourage the work of music producers. Platforms like Bandcamp, supporting the local “unknown" artist, give you the possibility to get out of the prevailing trend.
A favourite artist you have seen play recently?
If I have to choose just one, James Newmarch - he never ceases to amaze me. Followed by Manson, since I've known him he is undoubtedly one of my favourite Djs ever. Andromeda, my dear Anabel, Burden, Becky Stroke, Twang, 7Xins ... all these artists have made the idea of staying chilled at home almost impossible!
Was growing up in Madrid an inspiration for your music?
In Madrid, it has always been my friends who have influenced me. I have had the good fortune of meeting people who feel the same passion that I have for electronic music. In my opinion, in Madrid right now, there is not such a solid club culture. Rather, people here prefer to see a local artist, knowing that they will have more empathy and more desire to make them dance. Sometimes you go to two, even three different places to meet the expectations that the weekend offers.
If there was a fire in your house and you could only save one record, what would it be?
Drexciya - Digital Tsunami.
Describe your musical experiences in London?
I'm living in my sweet 20’s again.
Your favourite memory of The Cause?
Threads Radio show with mi amado Matt Hardy.