Jenny Cara turns up the heat with an eclectic mix, featuring sick sample induced 90’s house and progressive grooves all with a dash of acid.

With an amazing year behind her, playing at some of the hottest and cutest spots like Robert Johnson, Panorama Bar and Wildeburg Festival, Jenny Cara‘s DJ career went rapidly upwards post covid, and rightfully so. Refining her skill as a resident of legendary venue Zukunft, the Swiss DJ and selector always hits the sweet spot between fascinating sound exploration and creating an energy that sets any dance floor ablaze. 

With a lot of new projects in the works, we caught up with Jenny and talked about her hometurf Switzerland, playing Panorama Bar for the fourth time and what’s to come. 

Heyyy Jenny, So good to have you with us, Thank you for joining! It’s been almost a week since you played at the “Big House”, Panorama Bar. You mentioned that it was your fourth time performing there. Could you share your experience and how it felt? Did it feel like coming home?

Hey! Thank you for having me, I’m excited to be here! Playing at Panorama Bar is always a special experience for me, especially as a Swiss artist. It’s a legendary venue with a long history, and every time I enter the booth I get a sense of familiarity and can’t help but feel like I am a part of it.

The crowd there is incredibly passionate and appreciative, which creates an incredible energy throughout the evening. It’s one of the few places where I like to look into the crowd and smile at the individuals and feel comfortable around them. It definitely feels like I’m coming home because I’ve built a connection with the venue and the people over the years, as a DJ and as a guest.

It’s an honour to be invited back and to have the opportunity to share my selected music.

Speaking of coming home, you are well-known as a resident DJ at Swiss clubs Zukunft and Kapitel Bollwerk. These clubs must feel like your home turf, and I can imagine they have shaped you as a DJ and dancer in many ways. What have these residencies brought you, and what do they mean to you?

Absolutely. Zukunft and Kapitel Bollwerk have played a significant role in my career. These residencies have given me a platform to explore my creativity and experiment with different sounds. They have given me the space to develop my skills, refine my musical taste and develop my own style. And they have also allowed me to collaborate and connect with other talented artists. Zukunft and Kapitel Bollwerk are my musical homes and I am grateful for the support I got from them along my way. And I think the feeling is mutual, I’ve also had the opportunity to shape the clubs, they have also grown with me.

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The Swiss scene is known for its intimacy. How do you feel about being a part of it, and are there any recent developments we should know about?

While the intimacy of the Swiss scene is a positive aspect without a doubt, it can also bring challenges. The small size of the venues and the confined community can sometimes limit opportunities for experimentation and exposure to new audiences. It can be difficult to break out of familiar circles and reach a different crowd or explore other styles of music. In addition, the close connections within the scene can make it difficult to keep personal relationships while keeping a certain professional distance. That’s why the distance when touring and my relationship in Berlin are always good for me.

2023 has been treating you well, with all of these amazing bookings. Are there any highlights from the past period that you would like to share with us?

I now use this as a big shout out: BODY LANGUAGE! I started crying during my set, I was so happy and felt so well taken care of. When I first met the BL crew on instagram and then in real life, it just clicked right away. They even came to my Panorama Bar gig last Sunday and I felt so supported again. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Looking ahead, the future seems promising, there’s a great summer laying ahead. you must be excited for what’s coming, any things you’re looking forward to?

Absolutely. The future looks very promising and I am excited about what is ahead. Things will be happening that I can’t talk about yet officially and I’m planning a big Asia tour next year. Fingers crossed that everything works out. 🙂

Finally, what can you tell us about the mix you’ve recorded?

In general, I always try to curate my mixes and sets diversely but try to mix them in a clever way. I had to record the mix about 10 times because I wasn’t happy the first times haha. That actually happens to me a lot. I recorded it at Zukunft of course, on a V10 mixer and 3 decks. It helps to record mixes on a good PA. The tracks in the mix are tracks I’m playing at the moment. And since it’s a mix to listen to at home, I pitched everything down a bit. Some tracks you can also find in other mixes that are already online. I just like them so much that I had to use them several times. 🙂

Photo credit pic 1: Laila Blessano.
Photo credit pic 2: Schampar Scheps.