DJ & Producer
Lis Sarroca is rapidly earning that elusive thing – a sound of her own. Thanks to her truly obsessive approach to tracking down quality music, she brings an intelligent, focused and creative ethos to her music - one that is attracting increasingly large attention.
DJs and producers will tell you they are ‘searching for their sound’. Lis, typically, goes further than most. ‘Yeah I spend crazy amounts of time travelling around the world and searching for record shops’ she laughs. ‘I love the inspiration I get from travelling, seeing, smelling and hearing new things. It feeds into everything I do as a DJ and a producer.
Indeed, spend any time browsing the racks of Rush Hour in Amsterdam, Subwax in Barcelona or even Mole Music in Osaka and you well bump into her. She listens on average to 2,500 tracks a month before selecting a fraction of that to play in her sets. ‘There’s no other way’ she smiles. ‘You get out what you put in’.
This exhaustive methology results in top notch DJ sets. Namechecking the likes of Larry Heard, John Tejada, Pezzner, Roman Fluegel, as key influencers, her passion, hard work and evident skill with playing music meant a natural transition to producing music. In 2013 she built her own studio in her then home of Mexico, and began learning music theory, piano playing and sound engineering with the same rigor and attention to detail as her DJ sets.
She took her first steps as a DJ in 2007 in her then home town of Chihuahua, blending high quality tech house, minimal and techno, rapidly earning the respect of peers and the attention of those further afield. In 2011 she moved to the cultural hub of Mexico City and landed a residency in one of the best known clubs in the city. In 2016, she moved to her ‘other home’ of Barcelona (she’s half Catalan) to immerse herself fully in her burgeoning career as a producer. She also shipped her studio over piece by piece, rebuilding and enhancing it in Barcelona to continue producing an infectious, ever evolving strand of deep house and techno.
But don’t just take our word for it. Labels and DJs have been increasingly catching on over the last 18 months as her profile and catalogue has built impressively. Carefully curated releases on respected labels Oblack, Seven Villas, Samani Music, Nie Wieder Schlaffen, and Tenampa has established Lis’ sound in the minds of a demanding public.
It’s this choice of labels that’s key for her. ‘For me it’s not about the size of the label. The ethos and approach to music has to be right’.
Indeed, this is all something of a first act – her next move is to launch her own label in the fall of 2018, an outlet for her endless creativity and attention to detail. ‘I know what it’s like to be an obsessive curator of good music. I am that person, so it’s natural for me to express my own music in the same way. I’m really looking forward to starting my own label.
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Lis Sarroca’s tracks