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A voya­ge bet­ween inspi­ra­ti­on and music with Bri­na Knauss

Travelling around the most creative urban districts of Europe for the launch event of neubau eyewear, in Italy we met with Brina, DJ of the evening at Killer Kiccen, Milan.

Musi­ci­an, sin­ger, and model with a simp­le and modern style, Bri­na was born in Slo­ve­nia, trans­plan­ted to Milan, and tra­vels con­ti­nu­al­ly with her music bet­ween Ibi­za, Lon­don, and Ita­ly whe­re she is a very popu­lar trend­set­ter of fashion and life­style brands.

We like crea­ti­ve and mul­ti­fa­ce­ted per­so­nae, tho­se who draw their inspi­ra­ti­on from the world and are a con­stant source of inspi­ra­ti­on for others. So we deci­ded to have a chat with her to find out more.

You began as a sin­ger and model, now you embo­dy a spo­kes­per­son and abo­ve all DJ. Bri­na, which of the­se tit­les suit you best?
It’s dif­fi­cult to choo­se one over the others. On every occa­si­on, I try to be mys­elf. I tend to always choo­se situa­tions and col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons that allow me to do so without having to make dif­fi­cult com­pro­mi­ses. If I should pick one though, I would have to say that cer­tain­ly behind the con­so­le is whe­re I can allow mys­elf to express my fee­lings in total free­dom, with no restric­tions. I belie­ve that music is the instru­ment that lets us express who we are with the hig­hest num­ber of facets pos­si­ble: the­re is the sound, the atmo­s­phe­re that is crea­ted, visu­al and emo­tio­nal con­ta­ct with many peop­le at the same time, body lan­guage, aes­the­tics. Yes – being a DJ pro­bab­ly allows me to tell and con­vey who I am, crea­tively, with no fil­ters whatsoever.

Working as a DJ, you find yourself tra­vel­ling around the world expe­ri­en­cing the music of dif­fe­rent coun­tries, some­ti­mes even mul­ti­ple times in just a few days. Which cities do you feel most at home in and what inspi­res you most on a crea­ti­ve level?
Having just spent an unf­or­gett­able sum­mer sea­son the­re, I would have to say Ibi­za. But I have to spe­ci­fy: ever­yo­ne thinks of Isla as the temp­le of club­bing and exces­ses, whe­re night and day are mixed and con­fu­sed and anything goes. Over-the-top is a must. But its essence is made of inti­ma­te sun­ri­ses, simp­le and spon­ta­ne­ous peop­le, a per­fect cli­ma­te in every sea­son, a Medi­ter­ra­ne­an diet, and a sple­ndid sea­si­de. Ber­lin ins­tead is the city whe­re crea­ti­vi­ty and inno­va­ti­on meet, in an urban set­ting that is always sti­mu­la­ting and brim­ming with inspi­ra­ti­on. But many Euro­pean capi­tals and others are acqui­ring the­se cha­rac­te­ris­tics, espe­cial­ly thanks to artists and young peop­le who tra­vel and spread the cul­tu­re of sharing.

What dif­fe­ren­ces do you noti­ce in the peop­le in clubs when tra­vel­ling to dif­fe­rent coun­tries? What do they have in com­mon and how are they cul­tu­ral­ly distant?
The dif­fe­ren­ces in their respon­se, the level of enga­ge­ment and inter­ac­tion with the public vary — noti­ce­ab­ly — accord­ing to what I have iden­ti­fied as musi­cal cul­tu­re. In nort­hern Euro­pean coun­tries, espe­cial­ly in Lon­don, whe­re I have had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to play at the Beat Club, they pre­fer more sophisti­ca­ted and under­ground music. The club is not only a con­text of enter­tain­ment, but also a place whe­re peop­le go to enjoy a show, as if it were a con­cert or a thea­tri­cal per­for­mance. In this con­text I feel very much at home and I can get more inten­se feed­back. In other cities whe­re club­bing is per­cei­ved more as a way of having fun on Satur­day night, com­mer­cial music domi­na­tes and they wait for the latest big hits befo­re hit­ting the dance floor. The second approach is not very me”, so I have to work even har­der: in the end, it is a sti­mu­la­ting challenge.

You were born in Slo­ve­nia, you live in Milan, but you also work in Lon­don and Ibi­za. As we have said, you tra­vel lots, living in many cities and dif­fe­rent cul­tures. Which city do you think suits you best for your life as an artist?
It would be nice to be able to make a mix: vita­li­ty, the public and the essen­ti­al­ly unli­mi­ted offe­rings of Lon­don, the musi­cal cul­tu­re, crea­ti­vi­ty, and huma­ne and liveab­le dimen­si­on of Ber­lin, tog­e­ther with the warm­th, beau­ty, and end­less nights of Ibi­za. Milan, bet­ween the design district, Bre­ra, the Navigli, and Por­ta Nuo­va is beco­m­ing a hot­bed of inspi­ra­ti­on and pic­tu­re-post­card views. But many cities of Eas­tern Euro­pe and ex-Yugo­s­la­via fasci­na­te me tre­men­dous­ly for their street art trends, their sim­pli­ci­ty, and their cul­tu­ral mee­ting places.

Which cities would you like to per­form in next year?
Cer­tain­ly I would still like to get back to Lon­don for a more inten­se and con­ti­nuous expe­ri­ence of its cul­tu­re and atmo­s­phe­re. I feel like I could con­tri­bu­te a lot in terms of ener­gy and inspi­ra­ti­on. Then my dream is to fly over­seas more often to the United Sta­tes, to learn how peop­le dif­fe­rent from Euro­peans would react to my music. In Octo­ber I play­ed at Pro­vo­ca­teur in New York. It was a uni­que expe­ri­ence that I would like to fol­low up on.

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