Nina Kraviz (Нина Кравиц), The Queen of Queens, is a Russian DJ, Producer, and Vocalist out of Irkutsk, Siberia who has become an absolute legend in the world of techno since her first appearances in the early 2000’s. She is also the owner and founder of record label, трип (Trip).
Nina Kraviz was born October 11, 1981 in Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia where she was raised until she moved to Moscow, The Capital and most populous city of Russia, in 2000. While music always held “an important place”, a passion she shares with her father, she played several roles before her music career took off. At the age of 19, she studied dentistry in Moscow. While studying medicine, she managed to get a job as a journalist for the “legendary Russian magazine Ptuch” in the late 90’s. – (Fabric London) At the same time, she was hosting a radio show in her home town, Irkutsk.
After moving to Moscow, Nina Kraviz became a DJ and record collector generally playing funk music at “funk parties” with a friend. However, she grew an interest for the “Dutch Scene” leaning towards acid, electro and techno; Bunker Records a reference. She would also be recruited by an artist / concert agency as an assistant, where she met many great artists like Juan Atkins, one of her “inspirational heroes”.
My Space Rocket
Although it was never released, Nina Kraviz would initially sing and write on a Golden Boy’s Album, but at some point she became the singer, writer, and co-producer in a band called My Space Rocket. She was then selected to participate in the 2005 Redbull Music Academy in Seattle, Washington, but she was unable to get a U.S. Visa. Instead, she attended the 2006 Redbull Music Academy in Melbourne, Australia, “an intense experience”, where she continued to learn about music production, and also met Radio Slave.
This marked a turning point in her career, and in 2007 Greg Wilson released My Space Rocket’s – Amok, co-produced with now Vakula, on his B7 Label after giving him the band’s demo. However, in 2008 she left the band to start making music on her own.
Underground Quality & Rekids
Within a couple of months after leaving the band she recorded and released a lot of music on Myspace every evening under the name, Damela Ayer, including a remix. This while also collaborating with Heinrich Muller. It was at this point that she became a very well established DJ in Russia, and also played international gigs occasionally. At the same time, she was working as a certified dentist at the Hospital for Veterans of Wars while continuing her eduction. If that wasn’t enough, she was also running parties on Fridays at the legendary Propaganda Club in Moscow.
It was that same year that she would be accepted and signed to Jus-Ed’s Underground Quality Label and Radio Slave’s RekidsLabel after getting a taste of her demos. Both, Voices on Underground Quality and I’m gonna get you / Pain in the Ass on Rekids were a major success. The doors were opened on an international scale she hadn’t seen before.
The following years saw a few successful remixes and collaborations with other labels like Efdemin’sNaïf until releasing her self titled debut Nina Kraviz on Rekids in 2012. Both EP’s, I’m Week and Ghetto Kraviz were also released this time on Rekids, which were major successes, and continue to be some of her most recognizable and adored works to this day. A few more Ep’s were released on Rekids with her last being Mr. Jones in 2013 before leaving the label to launch her own, трип (Trip).
The following year set a crossover mark with Bjarki’s – I wanna go bang, which was met with incredible success. In July 2017, трип released Pochuvstvui EP, and then stranno stranno. neobjatno. EP in July 2019.
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