\"...a lot of the San Fran stuff is just pumpin. DJs like Samira and Kirsten of Witches Brew have these soothing styles that take you through melodic synths to banging bass all in one mix. It\'s greatness!\" --the Carbon Community (Bless Records, Moonshine)
Her sound is mature, flirting with the nuances of emotion. Not sexy (that\'s too easy) but, rather, sinful. Not melancholy but wistful. Not dark but defiant. Never happy but hopeful. If you like \"rainbow-trance-anthems,\" this DJ is not for you. Of all things, Samira is not one-size-fits-all. --Jay Baik
Raised in Amsterdam and of Dutch/ Indonesian descent, Samira spent her formative years listening to the percussive sounds of the Indonesian gamelan, and began her life-long love affair with the piano at age 7. She discovered life behind the decks after dropping out of a PhD program in literature in late 1999, and she hasn\'t looked back since. Today, whether it\'s nu-skool breaks, tribal or progressive, a deep love for percussion, combined with that of story-telling, remains at the root of Sam\'s sound.
In 2000, she co-founded the all-female DJ collective Witches\' Brew, which is best known for its monthly residency at the popular Beatdown party in Berkeley. The women of Witches\' Brew recently recruited 2 new residents and upped the ante for 2003, as they now collectively hold down nine residencies, host two weekly online radio shows, are traveling for out of town gigs, and return for their 4th season in Berkeley as a party of 5. In short, summer is barely over and this year is already proving to be a remarkable one.
In 2002 Samira earned a weekly residency at RAW in Oakland, and played at a Burning Man pre-compression party in New York. She also started up a new monthly called Sunday School Sessions, which allowed her to bring international breakbeat DJs and producers such as 10 Sui and the Incredible Melting Man to San Francisco. In January 2003, Samira joined Sister SF, the longest running female DJ crew in the Bay Area (and beyond). With the Sister collective she has thrown parties in SF and at the WMC in Miami.
Sam has DJd all over the West Coast, Dallas, Austin, New York, and the WMC in Miami, and has started to carve a niche for herself with her dark & compelling nu-skool breaks. Sam has played alongside renowned breakbeat talent such as: the Carbon Community, Son of the Electric Ghost, 10 Sui, the Incredible Melting Man, and other artists such as Jondi & Spesh, Heather Heart, Reid Speed, Shortee, the Syrup Girls, and of course her crew from Sister SF.
Her mixes include Samira vs. the Vocal Tracks (CD), 13th Hour Rain: for the Candle (CD), an untitled promo (CD), and Basshead Battle (CD). She currently holds three residencies, hosts two weekly online radio shows at CLUB 246 RADIO, and will be appearing in a documentary about female DJs: \"Vinyl Is A Girls Best Friend\" (scheduled for release late 2003). She\'s also signed to Just Say Agency.
Tune into Club 246 Radio online (www.club246.com) every Friday from 1PM-3PM(PST) for Samira & Kirsten\'s weekly the nu-skool breaks showcase.
Tune in again every Tuesday from 11AM-1PM (PST) for Samira\'s show: Interlaced
Other affilliations include RAW, PixelBiscuit and Beatdown: these are the crews whose support has been, and remains, integral to her musical pursuits.