Alex and Emma are two thirds of the game-changing independent record label and collective femme culture. With their event series and roster of releases, femme culture has been an important grassroots way of carving out space for marginalised people in dance music. We speak to them around the release of Emma’s latest EP 'Euphoric Melodies' under her alias Elkka.
This year will be eleven years of tINI and The Gang, how important is it to you to create community in dance music? I’m a people person; I love to be surrounded by friends and like-minded people, and I like to share ideas and music or recreate myself, get inspired. Having a little community always feel better out there because it’s still not the easiest business even though everything always seems like fun, and it’s nice if you have a little circle of friends or a family-style community around you that backs you up in times where not everything’s just fun.
"Berlin has an impressive and beautiful electronic sound. You can see all kinds of electronic music, 24 hours for three days, and you can get lost. There’s nothing that can compare to the Berlin electronic sound. People are very talented producers, very intelligent, very geeky. I love that you can just rave for four days, meet your dentist at a party half-naked and he will do an operation on you the next day".