Oslo-born and now Berlin-based DJ, Beth Lydi is an incredible enchanter of music. Her profound love for nature is the cornerstone of her existence in the tech-house scene. Her surname ‘Lydi’ comes from a Norwegian phrase meaning ‘sound in’ or ‘volume in’, which perfectly reflects her innate desire to produce and perform music for others. Not only is she a talented producer, but she’s also a workaholic with a butterfly image…fluttering from place to place. Known for her fresh, vivid, and happy sets, she’s traveled along prestiges venues all across Europe, Australia and now North America! She’ll be bringing her wild-spirited energy to Frederick, New Brunswick this summer, as she performs at the eccentric and loved Future Forest 2019! We had the chance to speak to her about her multifaceted career and her love for music. Here’s what Beth Lydi had to say:
Being from Oslo, and living in Berlin, your life is mainly centred in Europe. Europe is known for its constantly progressive electronic music scene, more specifically in Berlin. What are some of your favourite locations to play in Europe and how do they compare to playing at North American venues?
Oh, there are a lot of great venues in Europe, but Berlin is of course a pretty unique city with its never-ending parties. It’s one of the reasons why I fell so in love with this city to begin with. This other reality, kind of, where everybody just comes together to enjoy music at any time of the day and any day of the week. Sometimes, it is a black and sweaty basement and sometimes it is out in the open, surrounded by colour and glitter. I just really enjoy partying as well as playing in Berlin. I think at the moment, my favorite venue here is a place called Sisyphos. The guys behind it put so much effort into the venue, in order to create this kind of free space where people can just be, dance and not think about tomorrow. I haven’t played that much in North America yet, so I am very excited to experience this! A couple of years ago, I played in Toronto and it struck me how much heart and joy the people put into the party, even after the organizers had to fight with pretty strict regulations. However, it wasn’t just the amazing atmosphere at the party, I stayed a couple of days and the crew showed me around and took great care of me. It showed me that they did everything out of love for the music, and had no hidden agendas. This is always an important ingredient to a good party. If you do your thing just because you love the music, we will be on the same wavelength.
How does your love of nature translate into your music? Do you feel like your sound is inspired by nature at all?
Nature is everything to me. In Norway of course, there is so much of it. I love the ocean with its vastness, the mountains with their rocky massiveness and the endless forests that have lakes, berries and mushrooms. It is not only a source of inspiration but also for reflection. My family has a cabin in the mountains, and when I go there I can be completely alone and it is so quiet. It is a great place to kind of empty and reset your mind. I also live in a place in Berlin next to a forest and a lake, and I go there almost every day.
Future Forest is a festival that largely centres itself around natural surroundings, being placed in the beautiful forest in New Brunswick. Are you excited to be playing at this location? What are you looking forward to most?
I am actually beyond excited for Future Forest! One of the most amazing things about it, is being able to play music whilst surrounded by nature, amongst people who love both! As I will stay a couple of days, I can’t wait to explore the festival and also meet the people there! I think just to immerse myself in the whole experience is what I look the most forward to.
“You know, you kind of always take with you a piece from everywhere you go, and places like Future Forest are a huge inspiration for getting back in the studio with new input and impressions.” Beth Lydi
You are very actively involved in the music business as well as your own production and touring. How do you balance the business side of things while still producing new music and playing new shows?
No sleep? Haha, no. That was a joke. It’s more of a time management thing. As I do everything on my own time schedule, I can mostly organize my work days as I feel like it. Music and every aspect of it is my life of course. Some days I say “today I will only be in the studio and produce music,” because doing administrative stuff at the same time as trying to be creative is really difficult, and I can do full days with business things. However, it is hard to be entirely off. There is, for instance, not really such a thing as vacations, haha.
What is some advice you would give to an up-and-coming artist that is looking to break into the music scene? What is the best advice you received when you were first starting off your career?
I think one of the most important things is to stay true to your self! It is so easy to get caught up with the hype, or the expectations from others, but if you do something just because it is considered cool by others and not because you love it, you won’t be happy in the long run. Also, when things don’t go as planned, don’t be too hard on yourself. Try to keep in mind that you learn from every experience, good and bad.