Berlin. An amazing city filled with tech & music enthusiasts who are busy producing, DJing, designing and building software that allows artists to share their music with millions around the world. It's an exciting time for creatives in Berlin and we're happy to be a part of this evolving capital. But unfortunately, there is a despairingly low number of females producing in the electronic dance community and even fewer who are entering the technology industry. So we at Berlin Geekettes want to show our appreciation to all the women that have inspired us over the years and join together for a fun evening of discussion and dance at Katine am Berghain.
20:00 - 21:00 Aurélie Bazard
21:00 - 22:00 Panel Discussion on the "Future of the Music Industry"
Speakers: Jennifer Beecher (Soundcloud), Mino Kodama (Native Instruments) & Alex Droener (Sick Girls). Moderator: Jess Erickson (Berlin Geekettes)
22:00 - 23:30 Sarah Farina
23:30 - til break of dawn - Sinead Meaney
For tickets visit: http://geekettesberghainkantine.eventbrite.com
Aurélie Bazard is a french dj living in Berlin. Her early influences came from new wave, pop, rock and electro. Over the years she played her genre spanning sets at different venues in Paris and Strasbourg. She now works at SoundCloud as a product designer and is also the photographer for the Berlin Geekettes.
Alexandra Dröner got lost in music from an early age on trying to escape the narrow walls of her teenage bedsit in a small town somewhere in West-Germany by listening to John Peel's Music on BFBS and reading Spex magazine. Having moved to Berlin on the 1st of January 1989 to continue her studies of History of Arts, Sociology and Comparative Literature she soon got caught up in the mythical Berlin nightlife. Scoring a job as a bartender at then-hip drinking hole Fischlabor she became the "apprentice" of Achim Kohlberger and Dimitri Hegemann, aged 23, and was asked to take part in opening and running Tresor club alongside Regina Baer and Johnny Stieler in 1991. Dröner mantained to be a well known figure in the Berlin electronic music and club culture scene ever since, having worked as a doorkeeper, booker, publications officer and event organizer at clubs like Tresor, E-Werk, WMF or 103. She started the DJ-team Sick Girls together with Johanna Grabsch in 2004 followed by their party series Revolution N°5 from 2005 until 2012. As a as freelance writer, editor and editor-in-chief Dröner has contributed to several publications like De:Bug, Style and the Family Tunes or Electronic Beats online.
Jennifer Beecher is a seasoned product manager, engineer and trainer with a mixed background in business, engineering and design. She joined SoundCloud in 2013 and is responsible, among other things, for widgets and partner integrations. Her passions include technology, understanding how humans tick and music.
Jennifer frequently speaks at various technology events in Berlin. She is also a mentor for Product Management in the Berlin Geekettes Mentorship Program.
Jess Erickson is the Founder of Berlin Geekettes, an organization uniting, mentoring and promoting women in tech of Berlin, Germany. On her freetime, she hosts international electronic music artists on TVClubnacht at TWEN FM studios. She loves discovering new music on Soundcloud.
Mino Kodama is a Berlin-based Japanese Designer born and raised in Mainz, Germany. With a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York, she pursued projects around the globe working for companies such as Panasonic, BMW and Baron & Baron. For the past 3 years, she has been working at Native Instruments leading hardware projects for the Traktor and Maschine line. When Mino is not designing controllers for DJs, she enjoys filming and collecting cheesy dance music.
Sarah Farina quickly invaded all corners of Berlin’s bass driven clubs over the last years. With influences ranging from Mark Pritchard, Timbaland, Aphex Twin and J Dilla, she's quickly forged a reputation throughout Europe’s underground bass scene by filling her sets and mixes with an unpredictable blend of UKG, Jungle, Juke, Hip Hop at the same time her sets are driven forward through futuristic Breakbeats and intense Basslines. In 2012 Sarah Farina became part of the ‘Through My Speakers’ collective. Over the last years she supported some of the most respected of her bass music contemporaries, both locally and abroad, playing on Rinse.fms Hyperdub show with Kode9 and Scratcha DVA in London, DJ’d with Disclosure and Cinnaman at Applesap Amsterdam and played with Lunice, DJ Rashad, Loefah and many more. A dream became true in October 2013 when she was asked to play along one of her favorite Drum and Bass producers Darren White alias dBridge at the decennial anniversary of Exit Records alongside Om Unit and SP:MC at Gretchen Berlin. Her contribution to Boiler Room a while back was well recieved by BR’s usually very critical audience.
Sinéad Meaney is an electronic musician, audiovisual artist and creative producer from Dublin, Ireland. She has a Masters in Music & Media Technologies, from Trinity College, Dublin and is currently based in Berlin working on projects that involve bass culture, music technology, digital art, sound and science. Her work has been exhibited internationally, at the World Science Festival, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center (New York), The Mind Museum (Philippines), Science Centre (Singapore), and Science Gallery (Ireland), and at festivals throughout Ireland, including Electric Picnic , Red Bull @ Oxegen, Body & Soul, Cork Midsummer and Engage Arts. Forthcoming exhibits in 2013 include The Field Museum (Chicago) and Polytechnical Museum (Moscow).