Over the course of her 14-year career, Alinka has played alongside a wide array of artists, including: Mark Farina, Jesse Rose, Claude VonStroke, Toro Y Moi, Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Peaches, Kim Ann Foxman, Crystal Castles and countless others. In 2013 she and Shaun J. Wright started their monthly residency Twirl at Berlin Nightclub in Chicago. The party has since featured guests such as: Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Eli Escobar, Lauren Flax, JD Samson, and The Carry Nation. In addition Alinka is currently a resident at the successful party, Nü: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago at Neo.
The last two years have been particularly fruitful and rewarding for Alinka, due in large part to her friendship and musical partnership with singer, producer and DJ, Shaun J. Wright. Wright, whose rich, resonant voice has lended soul to music by Hercules and Love Affair, and Stereogamous, met Alinka in 2012 and the two instantly bonded over their love of Chicago House music. It wasn’t long before their evolving friendship resulted in what would be the first of many musical collaborations. Their first EP, “Twirl Vol.1,” was promptly signed to Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon’s esteemed house label, Classic Music Co. The EP went on to be lauded by the likes of Chris Duckenfield, Tensnake, Joyce Muniz, Hannah Holland, Doc Martin, Simon Baker, and many more. The release was followed by a 12” remix compilation with remixes from Derrick Carter, Neville Watson and Chris E. Pants. The EP’s lead single, “Love Inspired,” was featured on Defected Records Compilation “Defected Presents The Closing Party Ibiza 2013,” as well as Defected’s In The House Radio show. In addition, Alinka and Wright have collaborated on a plethora of remixes for Hi Fashion, The Carry Nation, JD Samson & MEN, and Baby Alpaca. The pair also recently completed “Twirl Vol. 2” for Classic Music Company which will be out early 2015.
Wright and Alinka recently launched their label Twirl Recordings. Their first release titled “Journey Into The Deep” features remixes by Kim Ann Foxman, and Stereogamous, and received support from a wide variety of artists including Groove Armada, Danny Tenaglia, Kenny Glasgow, Annie Mac, Robert Owens, Matt Toldfrey, and many more. The EP got DJ Mag’s approval with a 9.0 rating, and was also featured on Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 dance radio.
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1) Why do you play music?
It’s my greatest love in life and my release. I would be lost without it!
2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I see myself making a lot more records and running our label Twirl with Shaun J. Wright. Hopefully lots of touring in the near future. One day I’d love to also produce other kinds of music and perhaps work with bands again. I don’t really see a limit, just taking it day by day.
3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
All the goodies we have to release on Twirl, also our second EP for Classic Music Company!
5) What’s your favorite Smart Bar memory?
Oh my, there are so many! I guess the most memorable one was the first time I teared up at the club. I think it was around 2003 or 2004 at .Dotbleep. I had just finished DJing and Justin Long was on, he played DJ Jes ‘I Gave You Love’ and the whole place erupted. I was to the side of the booth just looking into the crowd and everything just kind of hit me in that moment. I had quit college to focus on music full time a few years before that and came out around that time so it was kind of a difficult and significant period for me and at that moment it just felt like it all made sense. Other than that there was one time I played with Dixon and I got so drunk I threw a chicken sandwich at my friend Dayhota and it flew about 2″ away from his face and landed safely in the back of the DJ Booth.
Type One A – Jau Shepheard (Jacques Renault Remix)
Work It Out – The 2 Bears (DJ Sneak Dub)
Moments – Mr. G
I Believe – Hector Couto
Night Rider – Nasser Baker
What Do You Mean – Patrick Topping
Pure Energy – Troublemen
Tell Me Why – Rework
Surrender Yourself – The Daou
Nostaljack – Robert Dietz
Tricky Jazz (Techno Dub – DJ T. Edit) – Hex
Body – Gemini
The Sun Can’t Compare – Larry Heard & Mr. White
Revolution – Anja Schneider