‘There are at least a few people in this thing determined to keep House Music weird. Chicago’s Alinka is one of them.’ —Terry Matthew, 5Magazine
Alinka is the kind of DJ other DJ’s will tell you about. She has a power on the decks that sets her apart from the masses, and she’s resolutely focused on her first love – House Music. Raised on Chicago’s vibrant house sound with toes dipped into Detroit Techno and Europe’s more robust approach to the genre’s coming from cities like Berlin, London and Paris, Alinka has steadily carved out her own sound both as a DJ and producer gaining support from many respected DJ’s and clubs on the global circuit. Championed by the likes of Heidi, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, and Ellen Alien, recent years have brought her around the globe with regular appearances at the legendary Berghain/Panorama Bar, as well as Lux Fragil, Printworks, Circoloco at DC-10, and Paris staple Concrete. In 2012, an impromptu meeting with former Hercules and Love Affair vocalist, Shaun J. Wright, changed her life forever. The pair instantly bonded over their shared love for Chicago House Music and Cajual Records, and it wasn’t long before their evolving friendship resulted in what would be the first of many musical collaborations. The pair launched their Twirl parties and label, continually strived to inspire each other both musically and spiritually and the result has been a burgeoning DJ career and an impressive back catalogue of material for both of them collaboratively and individually on the likes of The Classic Music Company, Jackathon Jams, Crosstown Rebels, Leftroom, and of course Twirl, where as well as their own material the duo have welcomed renowned artists like Spencer Parker, Virginia, Physical Therapy, Kim Ann Foxman and Matt Tolfrey onto the label.
Now living in Berlin, Alinka has well and truly found her feet and her inspiration. Alinka has used this base to throw down at parties across Europe from Panorama Bar to Circoloco, with regular visits back to the US to play for standout parties for promoters like Ladyfag and she returned to the Ukraine where a new generation at ∄ are bringing electronic music to Kiev. Her evolution continues with 2020 promising a packed schedule of releases, new dancefloor to enchant and a new label Fantasy Life landing soon.