This week at Blitz, East London based Italian DJ Samantha Togni took some time out her busy schedule to give us a brief interview about her personal style, London and the down low on being a jet setting DJ. Samantha is a monthly fixture at East Bloc and is rapidly gaining international acclaim within the Underground House scene having just returned from playing sets in Italy and Berlin. This girl is a force to be reckoned with.
How would you describe your personal style? What inspires you? Where do you like to shop?
I’m always inspired by contrasts, I love sportswear but I am always taking inspiration from catwalk shows and underground vibes. Get those three things together and that’s probably the best way to describe my style.
What’s in your handbag/rucksack today?
Ipod classic, I don’t think I could leave the house without 80GB in my bag. My phone, I won’t lie, I am an addict when it comes to social networks and of course my red lipstick.
When you’re on tour what’s the one thing you cannot live without?
My laptop of course; I do everything with it, I DJ with it, produce music and I am constantly researching new tracks and artists for my sets.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’ve got a weekend free in London?
I love Broadway Market, especially at the weekend if I am not playing and my favourite thing to do is to visit the Saatchi Gallery.
Where are your favourite hangouts, day and night? (Clubs/galleries)
Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern are two of the galleries I visit on a monthly base. When it comes to clubs I tend to go to Dalston Superstore, Vogue Fabrics and East Bloc, where I DJ every month.
What’s the most exciting thing about being a DJ?
The most satisfying thing is experimenting with new sounds and when people are having fun without knowing who the artist is... then you know you are doing a pretty good job.
What’s the most boring/annoying thing about being a DJ?
What’s your favourite track at the moment?
I played a set with Sinjin Hawke last month and I saw Brenmar a couple of weeks ago in Dalston. I’ve been listening to them a lot recently.
How important is your personal style to your mood and persona on stage?
I think it’s very important to have a character/persona to go with your music and your style. I have always been part of the club scene and when I DJ I don’t go there just for my set but also to support all the people involved and to have fun. It’s the same when I am on stage, I try to enjoy it and get people to do the same.