Artist Spotlight

Artist Spotlight

In our artist spotlight this month Jen Kendra had a chat with artist Miz Andromeda...

Jen Kendra: Hi my lovely friend! It is a pleasure to speak with you for Black Noise magazine.

Miz Andromeda: Hello Jen! Thank you to yourself, and Black Noise Magazine for showcasing me for this month's artist spotlight. I am honored to share a little bit about myself.

JK: Has music always been a big part of your life?

MA: Music has been intertwined with my life for as long as I can recall. My father, a percussionist and harmonica player, introduced me to its enchantment from an early age. I vividly remember singing solos in elementary school and grooving to 90s-euro dance/rave tunes from my car seat. My grandmother further nurtured my musical journey by teaching me how to read sheet music and play the piano when I was just six. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I explored various instruments including the flute, guitar, piano, and bass. It wasn't until my teenage years in the late 1990s that I discovered my true passion for electronic dance music, a love that has stayed with me ever since.

JK: How and when did you get into DJing?

MA: In 2001, my journey into the world of raving began as a dancer. Inspired by the talented female DJs in our local scene, I was determined to learn how to spin the tracks that moved me on the dance floor. With the help of my former partner's Stanton turntables and an impressive collection of UK hard house records, I dedicated countless hours to mastering beat matching and vinyl mixing. Along the way, I've acquired a wealth of technical skills, drawing inspiration from my peers in the DJ community and, most significantly, my incredible husband.

JK: How did you come up with your DJ name?

MA: Initially, my DJ name was Miss Kay-aww-tek, a moniker born during a turbulent period in my life. As time passed, I embarked on a journey of self-discovery, becoming increasingly fascinated by the wonders of the Andromeda galaxy. Eventually, I felt a profound connection to the name Miz Andromeda at a soul level. Since adopting this new identity, I've experienced tremendous growth and evolution as an artist, embracing my cosmic essence in the most fulfilling way.

JK: What are your biggest musical influences?

MA: Some of my biggest influences in the techno realm include Rødhåd, Åre:gone, Steya, Grace Dahl, Oscar Mulero, Ben Sims, and Lindsey Herbert, among others. Watching these talented artists behind the decks has been incredibly inspiring and has played a significant role in shaping my own journey as a DJ.

JK: You play a lot of techno music but what other genres are you comfortable playing?

MA: Throughout my journey as a DJ, I've explored a wide array of genres, ranging from electro and electro breaks to various sub-genres of house and hardcore. However, it wasn't until I discovered techno that I truly found the genre that resonated with my innermost authentic self. While I have the ability to play anything, my spirit is drawn to techno, and I choose to express myself through this electrifying genre that speaks to my soul.

JK: What festivals and events have you played?

MA: As you know I am a resident for Juiced crew based out of CT. The festivals I've played are Hydrotechnics 2022, Magical Majestic 2023. I've played events all over New England, and NYC. Hosted by collectives such as RTDF, Tight Crew, Mutiny, and Infra, just to name a few.

JK: How do you keep from getting nervous when you perform?

MA: Ah, the pre-performance nerves used to get to me every time. But I've learned that the key to feeling comfortable during a set is to put in the hours practicing at home. It's crucial to be intimately familiar with your tracks and keep your technical skills sharp. As you expose yourself to different crowds and equipment setups, you learn to adapt, flow with your set, and gauge the energy of the room, ultimately allowing yourself to relax and have fun with your music. Before stepping onto the stage, I typically engage in some breathing exercises, recite affirmations, and remind myself that at the core, it's all about sharing my passion for the music.

JK: You are a great dancer. Are you self-taught or did you take lessons?

MA: Thank you! Dancing has always been a huge passion of mine. In fact, it was the gateway to my DJing career. From an early age, I immersed myself in various dance styles including tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. As I started attending parties, I found myself captivated by dance battles, where I would observe others and pick up new skills just by watching.

JK: You live in Connecticut. Where are you from originally?

MA: I hail from the charming town of Eliot, Maine, nestled along the serene coast. As a child, I often found Eliot to be uneventful, but as I've grown older, I've come to cherish its tranquil beauty and quaint atmosphere.

JK: You are a Reiki healer. Please tell us about your reiki business and what you offer.

MA: My Reiki business is called Quantum Hands based out of Burlington, CT. I have been a Reiki Practitioner since Feb 2021. I became a Reiki master teacher as of December 2022. At Quantum Hands Reiki, we offer a sacred space for individuals to embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery. Our Reiki practice is founded on the principles of universal life force energy, which we channel to support physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Through personalized sessions, clients are invited to explore the depths of their being and release energetic blockages that may be hindering their growth and vitality. Whether seeking relief from physical ailments, emotional distress, or simply a deeper connection to oneself, our Reiki sessions provide a nurturing environment for transformation and renewal. In addition to traditional hands-on Reiki sessions, we also offer distance Reiki sessions for those unable to visit our studio in person. Our goal at Quantum Hands Reiki is to empower individuals to tap into their innate healing abilities and cultivate a greater sense of harmony, balance, and wholeness in their lives. We also have begun to offer assistance with soundscapes, guided meditations, quantum healings, spiritual life coaching, and soon I will be providing the certification for others to become a Reiki Practitioner/RMT.

JK: More recently you got into sound healing – can you tell us about that and what it is?

MA: Sound healing is a practice that uses vibrations from instruments like singing bowls, gongs, or tuning forks to promote relaxation and well-being. The idea is that these vibrations can resonate with the body's energy centers, or chakras, to restore balance and harmony. It's often used in conjunction with meditation or other holistic healing modalities. In 2023 I completed a year-long course in Advanced Shamanic sound healing utilizing sound healing and indigenous instruments. This practice is focused on the concept that harmony comes from the balance in our internal five elements: Earth, air, fire, water, and space. I use the instruments to create the sounds from each element to restore balance within the body, mind, and spirit.

JK: How have you helped people through your music, sound healing, and Reiki?

MA: Through my music, sound healing, and Reiki practice, I've been privileged to offer individuals a pathway to profound transformation and healing. My music serves as a conduit for emotional release and inner exploration, allowing listeners to connect with their deepest selves and find solace in times of struggle. Sound healing sessions provide a sacred space for individuals to experience the vibrational medicine of sound, promoting relaxation, balance, and energetic alignment. In my Reiki practice, I channel universal life force energy to support physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, empowering clients to tap into their innate healing abilities and cultivate a sense of wholeness and well-being. It's incredibly fulfilling to witness the profound shifts and breakthroughs that occur when individuals engage with these powerful modalities, and I am deeply honored to play a part in their journey towards greater health, harmony, and self-discovery.

JK: You are very spiritual. How does this show in your music and other areas of your life?

MA: As a techno artist, spirituality permeates every facet of my music and life. In my compositions, I strive to create sonic landscapes that transport listeners to a higher plane of consciousness, tapping into the universal energy that flows through all of us. Each beat, each rhythm, is a sacred dance, inviting listeners to connect with their inner selves and the divine. Offstage, my spiritual practice informs my daily rituals and interactions, guiding me to live with intention, compassion, and gratitude. It's not just about making music; it's about channeling the divine spark within and sharing it with the world.

JK: You are involved in the electronic music scene, what is that like for you?

MA: Being involved in the electronic music scene is an exhilarating experience for me. As an artist, it allows me to explore the infinite possibilities of sound and push the boundaries of creativity. Electronic music offers a platform for sonic experimentation, where I can blend traditional instruments with cutting-edge technology to create immersive and transformative auditory experiences. Moreover, the electronic music community is incredibly diverse and inclusive, fostering collaboration, innovation, and a deep sense of connection among artists and listeners alike. Whether performing live sets or producing tracks in the studio, being part of the electronic music scene allows me to express myself authentically and connect with others on a profound level through the universal language of music. It's a vibrant and dynamic world that constantly inspires me to evolve as an artist and push the limits of what's possible sonically and creatively.

JK: What other kinds of music do you like? What is on your Spotify?

MA: I enjoy many types of music. Other than techno, I enjoy ambient, chillstep, and lots of tribal music native to Indigenous cultures. I really enjoy music without words because you can create a storyline in your head of emotions, experiences that can transcend our physical reality.

You will find bands like Heilung, Wardruna to tribal Aboriginal didgeridoo music.

JK: You are a co-founder of JUiCED Crew and a member of Vitus Crew. What is that like for you and what do both mean to you?

MA: Being a co-founder of JUiCED Crew and a member of Vitus Crew has been an incredibly fulfilling journey for me. JUiCED Crew represents the essence of community and creativity, where we come together to push boundaries and explore the nostalgia of bringing back the underground rave scene. As a co-founder, it's been immensely rewarding to witness the growth of our collective vision and to see the impact it has had on the underground music scene.

On the other hand, being a member of Vitus Crew has provided me with a sense of camaraderie and belonging within a tight-knit group of like-minded artists. We share a deep passion, and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of our craft. Vitus Crew feels like family, a support network that encourages individual expression while fostering collaboration and growth.

Both JUiCED Crew and Vitus Crew hold immense significance for me personally and professionally. They are not just musical collectives; they are communities where I find inspiration, support, and a sense of purpose. Together, we strive to elevate the experience and leave a lasting impact on the global electronic music scene.

JK: Besides music, what other creative outlets do you have?

MA: As an artist, I find creativity seeping into every aspect of my life. Beyond music, I explore various forms of expression, such as visual arts, including painting, drawing, and resin creation. Additionally, I enjoy dancing, flow arts, and singing as they allow me to delve into the depths of imagination and emotion. Experimenting with different mediums fuels my creativity and enables me to channel my thoughts and feelings into tangible forms of art.

JK: I know you have traveled a lot. Can you tell us about some of your favorite places to travel to and some memorable experiences?

MA: Absolutely! Berlin, Germany holds a special place in my heart with its dynamic arts scene, rich history, and vibrant culture. This was the place that truly birthed my pure love of techno music. Exploring the remnants of the Berlin Wall and visiting iconic landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate was incredibly moving. The city's eclectic neighborhoods offered a kaleidoscope of experiences, from being inside a weekend long techno club to graffiti-clad streets filled with artistic expression.
Amsterdam, Netherlands, enchanted me with its picturesque canals, charming architecture, and laid-back atmosphere. The Netherlands also has an incredible scene for hardcore techno and gabber. I was able to experience the palatable energy at the Masters of Hardcore festival. The world-class museums, like the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, provided fascinating insights into Dutch art and history. The entire country paints a picture of almost fairytale-like qualities, with people who are so proud of their country.

Sedona, Arizona, with its breathtaking red rock formations and spiritual energy, provided a completely different yet equally captivating experience. Hiking through the stunning landscapes of red-rock and witnessing the awe-inspiring vistas from Cathedral Rock left me in awe of nature's grandeur. The town's New Age vibe and abundance of wellness activities, from yoga retreats to crystal shops, is aligned perfectly with my soul. I cried many tears of wonder there, feeling the reverence for the love of creation. It never gets old.

Each of these destinations left an indelible mark on me, offering unique experiences and memories that continue to inspire my creative endeavors.

JK: What places are on your bucket list to travel to?

MA: There are so many! I'd love to visit many parts of South America: Peru, Columbia, Chile, and Argentina. I have a trip planned for Costa Rica in the upcoming months.

Three places I have put into motion for the upcoming years: Iceland, Nepal, and French Polynesia.

JK: What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?

MA: Mystical, determined, passionate, empathetic, creative.

JK: As a woman do you find it is harder for you to be heard?

MA: As a female techno DJ, I've rarely encountered challenges in being heard within the industry. Despite my talent and passion, there still may be instances where my talents aren't given the same weight as my male counterparts. However, I've worked hard to break barriers and gain recognition for my skills, and I'm hopeful that with continued efforts, women in music will be given the platform and respect they deserve.

JK: Who do you look up to and consider a role model in your life?

MA: I don't have specific role models per se. I believe in the power of learning from everyone around us and recognize the interconnectedness we share as humans. We all navigate life's highs and lows, learning and growing along the way. I've certainly faced my own challenges and persevered, just like many others.

JK: What is next for you in life and your creative endeavors?

MA: Miz Andromeda's journey is one of continuous growth. I envision expanding my presence internationally and connecting with diverse audiences beyond the US. There's always excitement ahead. I'm eager to venture into music production, aiming to infuse my sets and creations with the therapeutic power of sound frequencies. My ultimate ambition is to blend techno with the transformative aspects of sound healing, offering a unique contribution to the music world.

You can follow Miz Andromeda at -

Miz Andromeda on FB
Quantum Hands Reiki on FB
Miz Andromeda on IG
Soundcloud
Mixcloud