SAIREN, aka Renske van Kollenburg, has immersed herself within the Dutch dance scene since her min-teens. “At 15 or 16 I began going to gabber raves for a number of years, and I liked it,” she tells DJ Mag. “My mother and father have been considerably afraid of it as it may possibly look like aggressive, however it’s nothing to be afraid of — it’s only a excessive vitality, exhausting, quick bpm sound and positively an vital a part of our Dutch rave tradition.”
As quickly as she acquired her driving license she was off clubbing each weekend — typically taking in three cities in three days. “I travelled in all places on my own, and DJs would come as much as me and say ‘You’re all the time right here’,” she remembers. “I acquired a extremely large community all of a sudden, with out me understanding. Then I used to be requested to do interviews — however extra being a number — on a neighborhood TV channel within the Netherlands in 2009.”The present didn’t air due to price range causes, however she grew to become a TV presenter and journalist anyway, began her personal firm and travelled the world interviewing legends like Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers. She nonetheless will get the odd bit of presenting work. “It comes naturally,” she says.
Despite having a DJ set-up at house Renske didn’t see herself as a DJ initially. “Promoters would generally ask me to assist with line-ups, and for one occasion in Amsterdam they advised I play the warm-up,” she says. “And I did. Two years later, in 2013, I used to be taking part in in totally different locations in Europe, within the States and even Ibiza — beneath my former moniker.” Renske initially selected Sirena as her DJ identify. The Spanish phrase for mermaid, she explains to DJ Mag how a lifelong obsession with mermaids led to her adopting the identify — a reputation that assorted trade folks had began calling her anyway, apparently.
She step by step eased out a number of dubby techno releases on Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label, inmotion Ltd, revered Belgium imprint Bonzai and Italian label Lyase, however acquired booked for numerous home gigs within the meantime. She began feeling that she couldn’t all the time play the music she actually wished to on the home exhibits she was booked for. “I all the time felt I needed to maintain again on the gigs I used to be taking part in,” she says. “You couldn’t simply pull out techno at a lot of the gigs I used to be booked for.” It was as if some deeper half within her couldn’t get out.
Last 12 months she had an epiphany and determined to change her DJ identify. She had considered it lots through the years, however af ter a burnout and a while off final 12 months she felt it was the right time to start out a brand new chapter, and opted to remix the letters of her outdated DJ identify into the darker-sounding Sairen (pronounced ‘siren’). “Sirena was by no means a supercool techno-y identify anyway,” she says, smiling.
“As DJs we love all types of music, however the core of techno, though it’s an enormous style now, remains to be as uncooked and pure because it ever was,“ she continues. “I might’ve most likely had a larger profession taking part in different issues, however I simply couldn’t. I mentioned no to lots of issues.”
With gigs now flocking in and releases being lined up, Sairen explains how her units all the time must have just a little little bit of funk or groove or heat in them. “I’m an enormous fan of dub and Detroit techno — that’s the place all the things began for me,” she says, particularly namechecking Robert Hood. “Techno has such a realness to it, you may’t faux it. It has to have a particular heat, although. My new tracks positively have increased bpms and extra vitality. I all the time embody some acid vibes in my units too. I've a brand new focus — it’s a clear slate, and that feels wonderful.”