Today's interview is with powerhouse DJ, Miss Mavrik. When answering our questions, she talks about what made her decide to go into this interesting field and what advice she would give to everyone reading this today. If you love music and miss going out to clubs, then this is what you need to be reading right now! However, DJing isn't the only thing Miss Mavrik talks about, we also get a glimpse into places she loves to travel to and passions she has in her life.
Firstly, how are you and how is 2021 treating you?
'Well, I'd say a lot of us have had a good enough rest through lockdown! It's been nice to get so much sleep with all the early nights and now to come back to work refreshed. It's been fun to be back in London, things have started well and it's been so nice to have an audience again. This week I've had rehearsals for the Classic Ibiza tour I'll be doing with Urban Soul Orchestra through the summer and I'll be back at Sexy Fish for my residency there'.
Can you tell us about being a DJ and why you decided to get into it?
'Funny story, I'd always loved to party and go to clubs in my teens, but never thought about DJing until a friend asked me to cover for him at a venue in the West End. I took the offer, he showed me some basics and I went down very nervously that weekend! I couldn't mix so I crossfaded, but must have played some great tunes as they asked me to come back the next week. I suppose I haven't looked back from there and learnt along the way. I learnt to mix and headed out to play in Ibiza 6 months later. There is also a nice ending as I'm still here doing what I love and playing the music that I love today'.
What is your favourite part of the job?
'Interacting with people, making friends, making people happy, seeing their amazing reactions to songs and watching people let go. I have travelled to many countries and realised people are just people all over the world. We all share a common interest, which is music'.
Do you have any interesting memories that you can share with us?
'Ha ha yes lots! Too many to write here...'.
Where has been your favourite place to DJ?
'I've played in some beautiful resorts, one of the more memorable trips was a tour of Brazil, which was such a pleasure. The down time was great with such responsive audiences. I've also played other countries across the continent and I'm a bit soft on Latin America, as I used to live in Argentina. From there I was able to travel all over South/Central America, so any chance to travel back and play there is a dream. I've also loved playing throughout Europe, Croatia is a big favourite for me...Beach parties, open air venues, festivals and clubs, they're all brilliant! The energy on stage can be beyond real'.
How do you maintain a good work-life balance?
'I have a little girl which is interesting with morning school runs and late night finishes - but we get by! My partner is brilliant, so we share everything we do including babysits. I always make sure I have time to run, or go to the gym, or do a yoga class at home if necessary. I sleep when I feel like I need a sleep, switch off and have alone time when I can, walk in the woods often and do all the fabulous things my little girl loves to do...inner child stuff is brilliant! I've learnt a lot from her, she's 5 and I feel like I'm learning many things all over again'.
What would your perfect day look like?
'Days off always look good! Days when you don't have to run around doing too many things and juggling life. Days off when you can go explore and do things that you're passionate about, that could be on holiday or at home. However, I would also add a day playing in a nice venue with a good crowd, where you come off stage feeling exhausted knowing you've given out all you could give. It is very fulfilling'.
If you could go back to your 18-year-old self, what would you tell her?
'Carry on with what you're doing, there isn't a wrong way. Work hard, travel as you love and continue to enjoy life, but with a sensible outlook. You will undoubtable get lost on your journey at times, but that's part of the learning process, so that's ok. Make the most of your friends and loved ones while you can, as they're not here forever and plan for your future. You never know what is around the corner. P.S buy bitcoin very early!'.
What is your favourite song ever?
'Ooooh I have so many! Many house tracks, trance and progressive tracks, vocal tracks, unusual tracks, 80's tracks, classical tracks! Lyrically, I love what Joni Mitchell portrays, however I have too many songs to list, so leaving this one up in the air!'.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
'Many positive people who have worked hard to succeed. It's a hard path and people don't just arrive at the top. There's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes for them to get there, but it's not only about people at the top of their profession. Lots of people give themselves to great causes. I admire people who stand up for what they believe in and are happy in themselves without pushing their ideals/beliefs. Good people always stand out'.
Aside from DJing, what are your other passions in life?
'I love to travel, explore ancient places full of history, spend time with my dogs and other animals, reading many things; history, philosophy, psychology, metaphysics. Reading new things, that's endless for me! I love to learn, I have been drawing/painting more often recently and will happily meditate on many things, as spirituality is a big part of my life. I also love spending time with friends and family and our garden time has been so beautiful the last few months. I've planted so many plants and trees with my little girl, we've had such a lovely start to summer just doing simple things together'.
Finally, what is one piece of meaningful advice you could give to the readers?
'Do what you enjoy, it's very hard to follow your passion in life. Sometimes we end up doing things we don't want to do just to pay bills, so it's important to balance that with something that we love and are passionate about. Believe in yourself, learn who you are and ask yourself what do you really want. You don't always find the answers, but stay true to yourself and be good to other people. Be happy, smile and be sure your glass is always 'half full'!'.
By Pia Talbot