Structure 022 comes courtesy of Wonja.
I have been a fan of Wonja’s super swell selections for a time now, so was super stoked when she agreed to contribute to my humble mix series :-).
I wasn’t disappointed, Wonja has conjured up over an hour of absolute belters!. And, she also endured my boring ass q&a questions. Thank you!
Thank you so much for recording the mix, really appreciate it! For the uninitiated out there, introduce yourself, please?
My name’s Wonja, and I’m a music appreciator and record collector based in Oakland, CA.
Tell us a little about the mix. Did anything influence you while recording it?
I recently played my first ever “real” dj gig (shout out to my friends at Surface Tension), and these are some of the records that stuck with me from when I was preparing for it. As far as influence, I wanted to convey a sense of fun and warmth. There are a few flubs in there, but I’m working on letting things be imperfect and being okay with it.
What was the last record you bought? And, where is your favourite spot to go record shopping?
I got a bunch of dollar bin/clearance records from Half Price Books in Berkeley. Among them: T. Power – Cuba, Rejuvination – Introduction, Plastikman – Plastique, Solid State – Point of No Return, DJ Sifu – Proofrock, Milad – Only One / D-Town Sound, Atlantiq / DJ Sine – Intersect / Quantico, D:Stroy / Atom ONE – Wake Up / Jaws of Life, Johnny Vicious – Frozen Bass Vol. 1, and Styward / Mudskipper – Dub Cowboys / Bankman. My favorite record store right now is Groove Yard in Oakland, run by Rick Ballard who was a distributor of specialty jazz labels in the 70s and 80s, and uses his warehouse full of deadstock to stock the store.
What is your earliest memory of the club?
Not my earliest memory, but seeing DJ Sprinkles in a room filled with blinking LED convenience store signs and eucalyptus leaves on the floor whose scent was being dispersed by people dancing on them – was really moving and transformative for me.
What was the last book you read?
The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost. Planning to read The Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler next.
I’ve become really obsessed with film scores recently! Whats your favourite film score/soundtrack at the minute?
The Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis will always be my #1, but lately, I’ve been enjoying Mica Levi’s soundtrack to Delete Beach, and the soundtrack to the film Kalinga Utkal on Power Moves Library.
Send me a link to a YouTube video you always go back to?
And finally, what’s 2018 got in store for Wonja?
Hopefully djing out more, working on some original music, and continuing to do weekly b2b streams with DJML on Sundays at 11am PST at chew.tv/herzog-hideout 🙂