Don't let the name fool you: Dinky is a powerhouse. Inheritor of the diminutive nickname before she was even born, Alejandra Iglesias has grown her stature the old-fashioned way, with focus and determination and, of course, killer DJ skills and a catalog filled with classic, game-changing tracks.
Dinky studied classical dance and piano since early age, moving later in life to a more modern approach of both, but was always marked by the discipline of the classically trained.Born and raised in Santiago, Dinky is a leading member of Chile's second generation of electronic-music greats. Caught up in the musical revolution started by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack and Atom Heart in the early '90s, she taught herself to mix records and was soon appearing at desert raves. It was in New York, where she had moved in the mid '90s to join the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, that Dinky's career began to take off, as she immersed herself in the city's vital underground scene of the day.In her early twenties she turned out her first productions; within a couple of years she had release a spate of records in labels as Sonic Groove, Traum and Carpark, ranging from ambient, minimal house, techno to downcast new disco and electronic pop.In 2003, Dinky lit out for Berlin, a city that had captured her imagination nine years earlier during the heyday of E-Werk and Tresor. It was a good move: by 2005 she would release the massive "Acid In My Fridge" for Sven Väth's Cocoon imprint, After that she has never stop touring, and has gone on to become a regular fixture across the continental scene, playing regularly in the most important clubs, like DC10, Fabric, Amnesia or Cocoon Club, while in Berlin she currently holds the honor of a Panorama Bar residency since 2004.Even if you've never caught Dinky live, you can get a good sense for her unique style from her 3 mix CDs, 2007's Get Lost 03 (Crosstown Rebels), 2008's Dinky Mixes Horizontal (P-Vine) and Musica Libre (Cocoon 2010). Folding phrases with origami grace, they present interwoven percussive grooves flecked with scraps of melody; they're lush and dryly funky, jacking and introspective all at once. Most important; she never limits herself to one style.Dinky's own productions work in similar ways. Whether working with samples, software, hardware or some combination of all three, It's hard to think of another producer who has imbued the principals of minimalism with such soul. In 2005 with the launch of her own Horizontal label, she created her own platform for artistic freedom.In 2008, Dinky released her third album, May Be Later, for Berlin's Vakant label which was highly acclaimed .The album got the attention of magazine Sound and Recording, the most important recording magazine in Germany, who wrote about its recording processIn 2009, fellow expat-in-Berlin Mathew Jonson invited her to join his Wagon Repair label, resulting in the four-track Lydian EP and her fourth full-length “Anemik” which got the 16th place in the" Albums of the year" on Resident Advisor . In 2010 Dinky joins Ostgut label, she was part of the 5th year anniversary compilation and is about to release a solo 12” due April 2011.Dinky is also a multi instrumentalist and singer, she plays classical guitar, piano and other instruments. During the last year she has focused in an electro acoustic project” Mother Of Seven” where she sings, writes lyrics and composes music.On this project she has joined forces with her partner Matthew Styles (synths, production, mixing) and guest musicians; Miguel Toro (drums), Seth Josel (guitar) and Tyson Naylor (piano).
Tittle: Electronic Groove Podcast #316 (Live @ Panorama Bar, Berlin June 16)
Rls date: 10.07.2012
Genre: Minimal, House