11 — 14
August 2022
Curated by


Friday, 12th

Operating within the midst of a shadowy existence since her very first dalliances with electronic music, VAAL has established a sterling rep as one of the key members of the Afterlife family. Shunning the limelight in order to keep the focus exclusively on her music, VAAL’s love and respect for her craft is paramount. For four years she has steadily cultivated a strong identity and sound, merging a deep-set penchant for the melancholy and macabre with her innate abilities as a musician, continuing a love affair with electronica that began in her formative years. Her stirring, emotive productions have crushed dance floors across the globe, delivering spine-tingling melodies and morose atmospherics to hundreds of thousands of loyal followers. Every step of the way, she has injected her unerring passion for electronic music into each production and every DJ set. A recent move to Berlin, undoubtedly the epicentre of the world’s techno scene right now, has cemented VAAL’s dedication to the sound, and marks the next chapter in a unique and inspiring story. VAAL has been carving out her own pathway from the very early stages of her dalliances with electronic music; experimenting in private, just for fun, inspired by artists like Theo Parrish and Moodymann yet never setting foot in the clubs where music by such artists was played. Her productions were devoid of influence from the dance floor, full of depth and raw emotion. Any trends or movements that were occurring when VAAL first began to immerse herself in electronica had zero influence over her, and the music evolved and mutated in its own ecosystem. It was only when she sent some of her productions to a good friend (producer Luca Cazal) that VAAL’s music was finally heard by anyone but herself. Impressed by what he’d been sent, Luca passed the tracks on to some friends of his, Karm and Matteo – also known as Tale Of Us. Things progressed rapidly from this point, as the Italian duo were intrigued by VAAL’s music. Over a period of just a few months she’d been welcomed into their world and invited to play at the Life And Death party at Sonar in Barcelona, her first DJ gig. And here is where her journey really began… In the years since that first gig, VAAL has released music via her own label Baastard Records, Life And Death and Afterlife, including one of 2016’s most ubiquitous tracks ‘Wander To Hell’. Her compositions blend a multitude of influences from dark wave and indie, to straight up techno, reflecting her personal tastes, which are as eclectic as one can imagine. Now spending more and more time in the club environment, VAAL’s appreciation for the ‘social experiment’ that is club culture is beginning to filter into her studio sessions. Gigs around the globe have given her a deeper, more critical understanding of the impact of her music pumped through a big system. With aspirations to expand her performances into the live arena, and to branch out into sci-fi soundtracks (inspired by Vangelis among others), it’s clear that VAAL’s vision for herself is becoming more focused. Galvanised by guidance from her network of supportive friends and family, combined with her own innate talent and drive, this techno anomaly is evolving into an unstoppable force. VAAL occupies a strange middle ground between solitude and dance floor communion; transmitting emotional depth, captivating rhythms and entrancing narratives from the depths of her studio. Proof that the power of music is sometimes all you need, VAAL’s mission is slowly taking shape and there is no doubt she will achieve everything she sets her sights on and more…