Analodjica & Kokeshi
The way Analodjica and Kokeshi communicate is typically feminine, they dispense the need for words, even when choosing music during their energetic and seductive DJ sets. They instinctively know what the other is thinking, or what each other’s next move will be. This form of communication is known as “female intuition”, and the whole concept behind it fits perfectly with the DJ duo known as Heartbreakerz.
They are undeniably feminine; these two young women who decided to take the typically male dominated club scene by storm, with their excess baggage and make up in tow. Thankfully the days where women were relegated to minor roles, or where they had to forsake their female touch in order to be heard and respected, are long over.
Kokeshi’s relationship with music is therapeutic, a sort of an age old friendship that has lasted for as long as she can remember. Analodjica takes a more elaborate stance, she sees music as drawing from architectural sources. In her view “Music isn’t always a physical phenomenon, it can also be a mental one with a mathematical structure behind it.”
Even though their views differ, the girls find harmony in what brought them together in the first place – the single minded desire to prove that they can rock a dancefloor just as well, if not better than their male counterparts. Together they face down every challenge to prove their merit, effortlessly converting non-believers into rabid followers at every turn.
Heartbreakerz play an intoxicating and seductive blend of music. It would be perfectly natural to hear them mixing Minimal Techno with the sounds of 80’s New Wave, since they mention John Digweed and Joy Division in the same breath. At times they will drop an electro track that harkens back to the sounds heard at the beginning of the century. The two girls mold and shape their influences to create their own unique form of techno, like a rollercoaster filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, the kind that moves muscles in your body that you didn’t even know reacted to music.
Even though they play a vast array of different sounds, their flawless mixing technique ensures that their unique crossing of genres is always coherent and flexible enough to allow them to adapt to any crowd or situation; from warming up dancefloors for the likes of Minilogue to headlining at Portugal’s most notorious nightclub, Lux.
The two girls have played together for 7 years, however they have only truly come into their own as an inseparable duo in the last three years.
So, how did it all start? Kokeshi started deejaying as a cure for boredom while recovering from a nasty bout chickenpox. She was prescribed a nondescript pink ointment and a week’s bed rest by her doctor… and a mixer by her friends. The illness passed, and the only scars that remained were from the tracks she spliced together during this time.
For Analodjica it was love that led her to the decks. She fell for a DJ and committed her first act of rebellion, by jumping out of her bedroom window, to join him at an after hours club. She returned home after this adventure with her head spinning and decided then and there that she would have to start deejaying in similar places. Analodjica has since admitted that the early morning spots are her favourite “battle grounds”, due to her memories of those times and to the fact that this is where the true music enthusiasts commune to celebrate their love of the dancefloor.
The duo met in a record store and, based on the so-called female sixth sense, Kokeshi invited Analodjica to play at her eighteenth birthday. Analodjica didn’t know why she should play at the party of a girl she hardly knew, but something told her she would have fun. The girls have fond memories of that night.
It often feels that what has happened since has been a dream: In Portugal they have deejayed in the biggest and most respected nightspots – Lux, OpArt, Indústria and at last years’ Boom Festival. They have shared DJ booths with international dance music legends such as Minilogue, Hernan Cattaneo, Kasey Taylor, DJ T, Ticon, D-Nox, Beckers and Stereo Addiction, among others.
When the girls get behind the decks they feel a huge rush at being at the controls, but at the same time they love the feeling they get when they step back onto the dancefloor.
On an international level, Paris is the first city to invite the duo. And what better place to mark what is sure to be the first of many forays into Europe and beyond than the beautiful “City of Light”? Known for it’s celebration of femininity and all the hippest new trends and fashions, the French capital is undeniably the ideal place to mark the girls’ internationalisation.
Every time Analodjica and Kokeshi play they prove to anyone and everyone that they are not just a pair of pretty faces behind the decks, bringing a unique spark to a dance music scene in desperate need of a woman’s touch. They have flawless mixing skills and dancefloor sensibilities, intuitively knowing what a crowd wants at any given time.
Heartbreakerz often lead anyone within earshot of their powerful sound to believing that nowhere on earth is a better place to be than on the dancefloor when they are at the controls: This is a place where labels and categories do not exist, where verbal communication is unnecessary, and where anyone who falls under the sensual spell they cast will undoubtedly be back to have their heart broken time and time again.