Between The Beats: Nina Kraviz

This movie reveals the highs and lows of Nina Kraviz life as a touring DJ, as we begin our new film series with an intimate journey across Europe.

Back in 2009, we started a feature called Touring Scenes with the stated aim of asking a DJ or live act to tell us the story of what happens when the music isn’t playing. FaltyDL, Spencer Parker, Kim Ann Foxman, Ralph Lawson and nine others gave first-person accounts of their time on the road, illustrating the incredible highs and crushing lows that are all in a day’s work. The feature was great in the written form (we hope you’ll agree) but we felt there was no better way of understanding this lifestyle than to pick up a camera and document these experiences firsthand.

For the debut Between the Beats we joined Nina Kraviz as she trekked across Europe for gigs in Bulgaria, Belgium and Germany. Since establishing herself through a run of accomplished deep house singles for Rekids and Underground Quality, the Russian DJ and producer has gone on to enjoy one of the busiest touring schedules of anyone on the scene. She’d taken around 30 flights in the past two weeks when we joined her at Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, and her super-tight itinerary took us on to Pukkelpop festival in Hasselt and Die Rakete in Nuremberg. Our time spent with Kraviz revealed an artist who thinks deeply about the “illusion” that is life as a DJ, as she considered her relationship with what she describes as the best job in the world.

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