Latvian Alisa Scetinina, also known as Gaisma, is joining Rework for an exciting new collaboration project, Sceti. They make their debut on the Exlove label with a fantastic four-track synthesized disco EP.
Scetinina is a former ballet dancer at the Stuttgarter Ballet, and now an accomplished vocalist. She leads this powerful new team produced by Playhouse and Exlove artists Rework AKA Daniel Varga and Michael Kuebler. Between them, they create a unique vibe that runs along the lines between disco, new wave, indie, electro, and synthpop. They do it with classic synths, minimal drum machine patterns, and dreamy voices like soundscapes from Alisa. We do not know where to record her latest work, as she is able to navigate between various genres with ease and mastery. 'Feel Alive' is probably her most honest and eclectic retro-futuristic electronic album to date. This latest work, more narrative and cinematographic, invites us to enjoy it both at home and on the dance floor.
We have had the pleasure of speaking with Sceti, and this has been the result.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
I come from Latvia, Riga , very beautiful little country with a lot nature around. I started playing piano, when i was around 6 years old, as well as doing acting, singing and dancing classes. I guess it was all connected to the music. During my Theater career, i started getting into producing on my Ipad using Garage band, and when I quit ballet, i developed passion for the analog gear.
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?
I love to produce a lot of different sounds and genres, but i guess there are some bouncy, groovy and soul influenced elements in my music. I love writing lyrics that pop into my mind and find a perfect home (track) for them. I enjoy different artists and genres, and generally listen to very diverse music, literally anything that moves my soul. I enjoy Levin goes Lightly and Karies Albums, and a Mixtape that i got from a friend for my Birthday. Times i listen to the “ HORADS” student Radio in Stuttgart. With the Rework guys we loved to mix 60s, soul, house, synthpop while djin at our release party last week.
How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
I like to hear honest feedback, i don’t want anyone telling that they like what i am doing because they are my friends, or just feel like they need to say it. It is totally alright not to feel my vibe, i respect everyones opinion. It makes me really happy when i get a message or meet someone who really dig the sound. I think one can meet many alike people this way, since if one produces and the other enjoys it, there must be some sort of connection between them.
What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?
My main Project “Gaisma”, which is supper diverse one, with it’s musical style as well as art in a way of performance and video making. I wanna keep on exploring new areas and ways of expression. Of course “Sceti” our new disco, new wave, indie, electro, and synthpop band with the Rework guys Daniel Varga & Michael Kuebler from Exlove Records. I tend to focus more on the lyrics and the singing, and they on they music. And “Annatomy” with Michael John Wordsmith, which gravitates toward a darker, acid house sound, filled with lush basslines and heavy beats. Our own productions attempt to be true to our analog jams, capturing the raw energy of the moment. Playing Live and Dj sets, but still didn’t have any official releases. Before i started working in the Restaurant, little delicacy shop, and having some other little jobs on my side, i was dancing in the Bavarian and Stuttgart Theater. It was a very exciting time of my life, being on stage with friends, getting into the roles, touring to Asia and much more.
Where are you and what have you been doing now?
I came back from work, from the little shop where i work, and am enjoying my Butterbrezel and a yoghurt that is few day over its best-before date, but still tastes really good. Checking my e-mails, and times just stare at the clouds outside of my windows.
Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?
Guess the Rework guys always work in their Studio with der favourite Synths on new tracks, projects and ideas. The sound did not change that much in recent year. It's good to always listen to great music and learn out of it.
Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?
Yes, definitely. I think even less about pleasing the ears of all listeners, since anyway it is impossible to satisfy everyone. I just wanna be true to myself and let all the sounds out, even if times they are quite weird and random. I want to give the sound its character, give it a place to shine, and also bring our minds away from the basic structure of the song. I do enjoy doing, both. With every song it is different, but i definitely dare myself to do what i feel like.
We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?
I don’t think so. I feel like if one is passionate enough about something, nothing can stand on his way. I do think that there is still a lot more that can be done and changed it this digital imperium. Listeners should also be aware of what is happening behind our screens. Konsum centered mind is also present in out listening pattern. Less people listen to the whole Albums, instead playlists are booming. As a DJ i also think that there is nothing wrong in listening to mixes, but it is also a very intimate beautiful experience to listen fully to someones Album.
Can you tell us what your present and future projects are?
There are quite a few thing going on that i am looking forwards to. I have been recording new things for my main Project “ Gaisma” with a drummer Paul Schwarz. I have always wanted to record some of my songs with the real drums and go a bit more in the soul direction. Soon we will release our first EP of that sort. I am also looking forwards to the recording process of our new “Sceti” EP. Rework has send me few demos, and i really dig the vibe nd already have some lyrics in mind. Also,on the 28 October in Stuttgart “Delphi Kino” we have screening of our Art house short film “ISRA- Journey through the night” that we filmed in winter of the last year. It is a quite trippy one, and i am looking forwards to the feedback from the audience and our friends. The Rework guys come out with some new Rework stuff in the Playhouse tradition within the next months plus some brand new projects that fit perfectly on the exlove artist roster. "Pola Women" is a new project with a singer from The Stuttgart Art Academy plus maybe some new "She Lies" tracks in the future.