Brina Knauss (SI)
In just seven years Slovenian selector Brina Knauss has achieved widespread notoriety and respect for her DJ skills, with influential figures such as
Damian Lazarus and Luciano among her growing fanbase. Classically trained as a youngster, Brina has an exceptionally refined ear for key, chords and melodies, meaning her sets are full of emotional depth and transcendent atmospherics. On the road constantly since 2016, she has notched up a staggering number of gigs across Europe and the rest of the world, playing alongside some of the scene’s best-known DJs and booked to perform at high-profile events such as Rumors, Vagabundos and Get Lost. Still in the early stages of her DJ career, Brina Knauss is an accomplished music selector, whose scintillating sets have catapulted her into the limelight. An extremely hardworking, positive talent she injects soul, emotion and professionalism into every performance, leaving the dance floor with unforgettable experiences.
Brina joined a band called B.B.T in her early adult life before moving to Milan to embark on a modelling career. However, music has always been Brina’s true calling, so she took a huge risk and quit the model life in 2012 to pursue her first love. In an industry where women are still often judged on their looks, she had to work twice as hard to prove her worth in the beginning but, ultimately, the music does the talking and her selecting skills brought her to the attention of Luciano. In 2018 she was selected to play for his Vagabundos parties in Bucharest, Madrid and Barcelona, subsequently spending the summer season in and out of Ibiza. On the White Island she was booked to play at highly respected events such as Woomoon, Elrow, and Storytellers, where she played alongside Ricardo Villalobos and Damian Lazarus. The Crosstown Rebels boss is renowned for discovering and nurturing amazing talent. Brina’s set caught Damian’s attention and he invited her to play at his party in Berlin, at Watergate, in October of that year. Since then she has built a strong relationship with the influential label, with her debut release, ‘Sledi Toku’, on sub-label Rebellion dropping in early 2019. The track featured Brina’s own vocals showcasing her ability to translate her unique ear to the studio.
Elsewhere, she has travelled all over Europe and further afield, sharing the bill with the scene’s top tier artists including Carl Cox, Solomun, Dubfire, Black Coffee and many more. On the road, Brina has appeared in London, Beirut, Tulum, Miami, Berlin and Paris, touring Colombia and hitting South Africa for Rage Festival, with further festival bookings including Audioriver in Poland, OFFSonar in Barcelona and Tomorrowland in Belgium. These appearances have given Brina an opportunity to translate her vibrant sound to the big stage, with great success. Back in Milan she is resident at Volt Club, where she has been making regular appearances since 2018.
Brina also hosts a regular show on Italian electronic music broadcaster Radio m2o, where she has been a member of the team since April 2019 with the only show that showcases soulful, melodic techno. She also graced the cover of DJ Mag Italia in July 2018, with a full-length interview inside the
magazine and she has been nominated twice at the highly-regarded DJ Awards: as ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2018 and 'Breakthrough Artist' in 2019.
At every step of the way Brina brings positive energy to the dancefloor, merging her classical training with dynamic mixing and intuitive, emotionally
intelligent transitions. An accomplished, determined and exceptional artist, Brina Knauss is brimming with potential, guided by some of the scene’s most influential figures and aiming for the top with an open heart and mind.
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