That Fucking Sara – Champagne for Everybody

Devine the Dude, Rah Digga, Wildchild just to name a few artists that Berlin based Hip Hop Djane That Fucking Sara worked with…but wait in the „That Fucking Sara“-universe names don´t really count, what counts is that she is surrounded by people she loves, that there´s plenty of haute cuisine food and champagne on the table and last but not least enough white hotel towels to clean her sneakers with.
Wherever she appears she spreads positive energy and she really is interested in the people surrounding her and whenever she spins you can be sure that you won´t hear the boring standard set most HipHop DJ´s usually play when they still dream about the Golden Area and forget that music is about experiments and pushing things forward.

Saying about herself that it was very natural for her to become a DJ because she never knew what to do with herself at parties and that deep inside she is a shy nerd who rather hide behind two turntables than beeing on the dancefloor.

Not beeing good at smalltalks it´s always worth a listen what she has got to say if you ask the right questions.

Let us introduce: That Fucking Sara

That Fucking Sara

That Fucking Sara

Hey Sara, please tell the people about your background and how the whole DJ thing started.
I´m That Fucking Sara, born in 1975 and grew up in Denmark.
I actually do have an education as light designer for film and tv. An education that i never used because it was too boring for me, too much time were you just sit and wait. I spended some years doing light for concerts, that was more my thing – ACTION!
I started dj-ing in 95 buy accident. A friend of mine left his turntables and mixer in my flat ( I was the only one who wasn´t living at my parents) and one day (a sunday with a hangover) I just picked up some records and played around with them.
Then I was hooked. My friend decided to be a full time raver and I bought his equipment.
Last time I heard from him, he was still raving around… Actually I wanted to learn dj-ing in the youth club in the late 80s, but my Mom was really strict, so I wasn´t allowed to join the youth club.
I´ve been collecting vinyl since i got my first 7“ which i got when i was 9.

Your influences and role models?
My first idol was Diego Maradona – I actually think that he was pretty hiphop.
My next idol was Nelson Mandela which I also find really hiphop.
Basically i want the attitude like Maradona and the mind like Mandela – I´m sure it can be combined!
Nowadays I don´t really have idols, I mean theres diffenetly a lot of people who motivate, touches and inspires me, but basically no one is greater than anyone else . I´m not a hippie but I like the thought of that we are all equal.
Thats probably also why I´m never really nervous before entering a stage, of course there are DJs who are technically etc waaayyy better than me, but theres only one me and I do what I do and they do what they do.
Djwise I´m a huge fan of DJ Scratch, DJ Noize, Roc Raida, Shortee.
Producerwise I could be the  president for the Premo fanclub.

You live in Berlin for eight years now, how´s your view of how the city changed?
I always say that I live in Kreuzberg 36, not Berlin 😉
Since I moved here a lot of things have been changing, some good, some bad.
I guess what´s on everybodys lips are the rent thats been goin up like crazy.
That kinda kills a neighborhood, when a lot of peole are forced to leave because it´s either too expensive or they dont „fit in“ anymore.

Could you imagine to live anywhere else?
Not really.
I must admit that the everytime I hear „we are getting ready for landing in Berlin“ it makes me so happy, like butterflies in my belly.
I just really feel at home here and thats actually the first time in my life I feel like that and it´s really a precious feeling.

That Fucking Sara

That Fucking Sara

Now the standard question: HipHop still is a subculture dominated by men, when do you feel dicriminated beeing a women?
Hahaha, yes that is the question that I always get and I guess the discrimination already starts with that question.
I dont think a lot of guys have to answer to that question, eventhough I would find their reply more interessting than mine.
Also, its not only in HipHop that it is like that – I would say that hiphop reflects the rest of our society.
There´s one thing that really pisses me off and that is when a guy thinks that he has to tell or show me how the mixer works… I mean hello, I´m booked because I´m a DJ. Last week a guy came up to me and was like „come one, you are getting all your bookings because you are a woman“ .
All I could do was laughing and asking him if he got all his booking because his a guy.

Which music is your favourite next to HipHop?
A lot of music styles, Disco, Italo Disco, Jazz, Old School Electro, Funk, UK Garage, uhm… stuff that contains a flute!

Nowadays there´s a lot happening in the music scene, genres melt together, sometimes it´s even hard to actually categorize a specific style, etc. What do you like about that and is there an act which you can point out that impressed you lately?
I always liked when different type of music was inspiring another kind of music.
I think that its one of the main reasons why I can spend days and days listen to hiphop instrumentals and also do gigs where I only spin instrumentals. I mean all the samples from jazz, psycadelic rock, soul etc. etc. from every fucking continent.

It´s amazing, that a new piece of music history is writen together with an old piece. I dont think i need to mention J Dilla or Madlib now, right?
Funny that you ask that question. I have just found my favorite deutsch rapper which is Megaloh.
I think he has everything that a rapper should have – it´s like just so perfect. His voice, his apperance on stage, the way he communicates with the audience. And i love the fact that it´s him and his DJ and that his DJ has produced a lot of his tracks – how real is that?
I´ve seen him accidently a couple of times live now and it´s just tight. You know, his so good that I rather be in the audience than being his DJ hahahahahahaha

Your view on Trap music?
Uh trap, that´s kinda the new shit that´s almost old again hahaha.
I´m a sucker for the sound of an 808 bassdrum and I totally understand that people are into it – theres so much energy in it and it´s kinda easy to dance to… I´m not really into all the comercial trap or whatever you call it, its sounds like eurodance to me – some of it are so badly produced that it´s not even funny. It´s not a style of music that I spin, guess im too old 😉

That Fucking Sara

That Fucking Sara

I know you´re a big Jay-Z fan, would you please tell the people about your experience you had visiting one of his concerts at Madison Square Garden?
The best concert I ever been to was Jay-Z in Madison Sqaure garden, no doubt!  That was just amazing.  He is such a dope rapper – been a fan since day one!  I like his flow, his lyrics, his rhymes and he is a great live performer.  And dang, he had so many guests on stage like Mary J Blige, Diddy, Beyonce, Kanye – you name it.  Biz Markie did the warm up and the audince – ooooh myyyy…. they knew all the lyrics and was rapping along from start til the end. All I could do was lean back in my seat, rap along as well while the tears was running down my cheeks.
I never experienced anything like that before – daaaaaaang. Such a magic journey.

You spent some time in New York. What was that like?
To spend some time in NYC was really life changing. For the first time in my life I tried to live in a neighbourhood (Bushwick) where everybody had the same skin color as me, that was pretty mindblowing. And the whole stay turned out to be so freakin crazy – i was surrounded by hiphop constantly. The 2nd day I was there, I met Mc Lyte at a party which is one of my favorite rappers ever. 4 days later I´m a part of a panel discussion with her – only in New York right? The people in general where mind open and super nice to take me along.
Some even took a day off to show me around in their hood and on those trips I met the most crazy people ever.
You know, people who knew ODB, Big L, Biggie etc. someone even went to  kindergarten with Biggie and showed me where it was haha.
But on that trip I also realized that I´m european and that I like living in Europe and that i LOVE my cheap health insurance.
But New York is a place that I will always return to, its really dear to me.

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What´s your favourite place to DJ at and where do the people party best?
I love dj-ing in Switzerland, somehow that country is so into HipHop.
And it´s a great country to dig in as well. I think theres more records than people in that country.  My favorite party to spin at has been the Raphistory series (which is invented in switzerland btw – shout out to my dear friend DJ Soulsonic).
I think festivals are the place where people can celebrate like for real and I love spinning at festivals.
You reach so many people with your music – it´s a blessing.
The people don´t have to worry about dresscode etc, they can just party the whole festival trough in the same clothes!

Please name three things that are HipHop for you.
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Top 5 Alben:
argh, top 5 albums….puh thats hard to reply to.
But it would be something with DJ Premier, Prince, Masta Ace, MC Lyte, Jay.Z -ish

Last Words:
Rather rich than famous 😉

Janny Schulte

Even though my mom raised me right that rap shit saved my life and sometimes I may look kinda funny but ain´t no fool cause whatever I want to do I make it clever. Still life as a shorty shouldn´t be so rough but I´m leaving the past cause I learned I´m the only motherfucker that can change my life.

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