Alinka is the kind of DJ other DJ’s will tell you about. She has a unique power on the decks that comes from lifelong passion and time served, with a focused devotion to her first love – house music. Raised on Chicago’s vibrant house sound with toes dipped into Detroit techno and Europe’s more robust approaches to bass music and the myriad of genre’s coming from cities like Berlin, London and Paris.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, her early childhood included reluctantly learning the piano, her mother is a pianist, while trying to convince her parents to let her play guitar. Her exposure to Western music was limited, living in a communist country where censorship was common practice. Her family eventually immigrated to Chicago as Jewish refugees in the late 80s as the USSR crumbled. This was her first experience of pop music and she fell head over heals for the chart sounds of Madonna and Janet Jackson. Then came house music from local radio shows where you could frequently hear tracks by Chicago legends like Cajmere and DJ Funk, and shows like Sonic Boom helped expose underground music to the masses.
The past two years Alinka really hit her stride as a producer with successful releases on world renown labels like Rekids, Crosstown Rebels, Need Want, Permanent Vacation, Harry Romero’s Bambossa Records, and her newly launched second imprint Fantasy Life. She also turned out a standout collection of remixes for labels Me Me Me, Pomme Fritte, Lone Romantic, Keinemusik, and Get Physical.
Now living in Berlin, Alinka has well and truly found her feet and her inspiration. Alinka has used this base to throw down at parties across Europe from Berghain/Panorama Bar to Circoloco, with regular visits back to the US to play standout parties for promoters like Ladyfag, and she returned to the Ukraine where a new generation at ∄ are bringing electronic music to Kyiv. Her evolution continues with 2023 promising a packed schedule of releases, new dancefloors to enchant and new material on Twirl and Fantasy Life landing soon.