Kicking off Headquarters by The Council's new pop-up party series is ANNA (a.k.a. Ana Miranda), a Brazilian tech house and techno bombshell
1. She got her first DJ gig after complaining about a club's resident DJ This club kid started going to parties when she was just 14. Having a father who owns a five-story nightclub has its perks — when she complained to her father that the resident DJ was playing "the same stuff" every weekend, he nudged her to give it a try. Music runs in her family, with her brother and cousin also in the business. 2. Her husband, Wehbba, is also a DJ In fact, he used to be a dentist. Their 10-year relationship was established when both had their respective careers sorted out. ANNA herself has learned studio techniques from him, and in turn, she's shared that he'll wake her up in the middle of the night to ask for her opinion on a bass line he's working on. Marriage is a two-way street after all.
3. She's released her music through many channels So far, the Barcelona-based DJ has released music via DIYNAMIC MUSIC, Terminal M Records, Turbo Recordings, Tronic Music and techno remixes on RUKUS, Knee Deep In Sound and Octopus Recordings. You can look out for her remix for Reboot in early February on Get Physical and also an EP collaboration with Pig&Dan which will be out on their label Elevate early this year.
4. One of her favourite places to play is a beach club called Warung in Brazil Located on the sandy fringes of Southern Brazil, Warung is modeled after — you guessed it —the open-air temples of Indonesia (warung means "shack/shop" in Bahasa Indonesia). "For me it is a magical place," gushes ANNA in an interview. "It's the favourite of a lot of DJs I know." She'll be playing at Warung Day Festival on 8 April this year.
5. She's picked to launch Plastik Dreams, a new pop-up party series in Singapore You might have enjoyed the underground, Berlin-esque vibes at Headquarters by The Council, but their new monthly series (save for February) will be a complete 360 shift from what you'd expect from these guys. Started to make techno a little more welcoming and accessible, ANNA will headline their first party this weekend. She's also booked for some pretty big festivals this year: Ultra Music Festival, Miami in March and Movement Electronic Music Festival, Detroit in May.
Plastik Dreams presents ANNA on 7 January at 178 Clemenceau Avenue. For more information, click here. For last week's #WomanCrushWednesday, click here.