Ahead of the next MegaLast on 22.02.19 Nik and Jacob had a little chat with one of their headline DJs Ani Klang:Hey Ani! We’re super happy that we get to have you at Superstore for MegaLast this month! For readers who’re meeting you for the first time, could you tell us a little bit about yourself? I produce mostly left-field, dynamic, kick focused club music with lots of intricate rhythms and industrial, otherworldly sound design (I’m trying to venture away from the ‘experimental club music’ nomenclature). I was raised in California but studied music production at the Clive Davis Institute at New York University, where I started DJing a mix of hard club cuts and 160 bass in 2016. I released my debut EP “Worst of All Time” on Infinite Machine, then moved to Berlin in 2017 after graduating to see if I can make this insane career choice work. You started DJing in NYC, which as a city is obviously LIVE for queer parties. What was your experience starting out, especially as a gay woman in the city? Were there any parties, DJs or labels who were most supportive of you? At first, I was a little intimidated by all these incredibly cool, high fashion queer DJs slaying the underground every weekend. When I started out, I was an overzealous 18-year-old eager to break in the scene in any way I could, so I found myself doing a lot of free events at art galleries, bars, and lounges in the lower east side, but still felt the crowds weren’t the right fit for me and I couldn’t be as creative with song selection as I wanted to be. As I continued studying at Clive Davis, I did a lot of exploring artistically and gained enough confidence to start reaching out to some of the more influential DJs and I was overwhelmed with how welcoming and helpful they were to me. If anything, being a gay woman has been a benefit in that sense. A lot of these powerful DJs have had similar struggles with their sexuality or identity, so when they meet someone new who’s in the same boat there’s a kind of automatic kinship that makes it really easy to connect and support one another. People like Anna Morgan / Larissa (Dj Ripley) and Bell Curve from the HEAVY party series were behind me from the very beginning. Amber Valentine and JD Samson from Le Tigre were also super helpful in getting me started in the queer scene (JD booked me several times at her queer party series PAT along with an official afterparty for a lesbian movie release - my dream). And of course, many of my professors at Clive were instrumental in giving me the tools and experience I needed to get started. Jeremiah Meece just put out a killer record on Knightwerk that I’m in love with (that whole label is pretty queer and fun, definitely worth checking out), also Rui Ho and Born in Flamez are killing it out here in Berlin. I also love PlayPlay from NYC - they’re always releasing bass-heavy, beautifully produced club hits. If you had unlimited budget and could book anyone, what would your perfect queer clubnight look like? Great question - I’d kick off the night with some NYC queer club legends False Witness & Shyboi to get everyone dancing, then I’d bring in serpentwithfeet or Arca to get everyone crying and hugging, then I’d close off the night with a fierce b2b with Ziúr so no one leaves until the lights come on. And it would be hosted by Rupaul, obviously. What can we expect from your first set at Dalston Superstore?! I’ll be playing lots of unreleased cuts from my next ep which will be very industrial but high energy dance tracks woven with punchy, polyrhythmic drum grooves, along with plenty of sassy club edits, some bouncy techno, and maybe a little 160/footwork towards the end to round things out. It’ll be ferocious and fun and sweat-worthy. Ani Klang plays MegaLast with Akito, Loraine James, Jlte, Ni-Ku + J. Aria on Friday 22nd February - £6/8 OTD.