I recently had the absolute pleasure of playing a gig in Budapest, Hungary. This is one of my favorite cities in the world and I absolutely love traveling here. I always try to take gigs in the area whenever I can, so that I have an excuse to go there and enjoy the hot baths, the beautiful views from the castle, the wonderfully quirky bars and eat all the pastries and goulash.
On this trip, though, it was something new that impressed me. A DJ named Viola. She was playing the same club I was playing on the same night. She was actually the act directly before me. I had never heard of her before, but I’m a huge fan now.
First of all, let’s get this out of the way immediately. She is gorgeous. She’s one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. Of course, I realize that a lot of that has to do with her profession. Female DJs are just hotter than regular females. I think that’s the case for most people and it’s even more the case for male DJs. At least for the straight ones.
Enough about her looks, though. I don’t want that to be the focus of this article. What should be the focus is her innovative style. She’s a great DJ, yes. She chooses wonderful tracks she has a great ear for music and a great feel for the crowd. She really got that place pumping.
But what really impressed me were her skills as a violinist. Yes, you heard me right. She played the violin during her set. A lot of people mix in samples of violin music into their DJ sets, but she actually played her own samples.
Actually samples is the wrong word. That makes it sound like she made a few tones that added a little flair to the music. That wasn’t the case at all. She played full on violin pieces. Complicated and beautiful passages that only an expert violinist can manage.
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It turns out, she is just that. She started as a professional violinist and played in several orchestras. Then she went on to DJ. She said she made more money as a DJ and she actually had more fun doing it. But she didn’t want to have all her years of practicing the violin go to waste, so she found a way to incorporate her violin skills into her DJ sets.
And the way she did that is absolutely brilliant. I can’t really describe it and do it justice. You just have to hope you get to listen to her yourself one day, although that might be difficult at the moment. She seems only play locally in Hungary (she is on Hungarian), but hopefully she will become more popular and eventually start traveling internationally and playing other countries. You know if she doesn’t, she alone would be worth a trip to Budapest.
But she does not have to be your only reason. As I mentioned before, this is one of my favorite cities in the world and anyone will love it if they come. So book your flight and get yourself to Budapest, not just to see the wonderful city, but also to see the wonderful DJ Viola [insert_php]echo “orangemusic_”.”net”;[/insert_php]. You’ll be blown away by her mixing skills and her skills at mixing her mixing with her violin (that was a great sentence, wasn’t it).
I see a lot of innovative DJs during my travels. I open for some of them and some of them open for me. Some are famous and some are not. I always love when somebody does something different, something I haven’t seen before. That is rare in today’s world and a real treat when you see it.
DJ Viola and her violin were truly something different. I’ve never seen anyone mix an instrument with their DJing with such skill. Sure, we’ve all seen people mix instrumental playing with turntabling and I’ve even seen someone do it with the violin, but never as well as she did it. She is truly one-of-a-kind.
And if you are new DJ yourself, I would encourage you to try something like this. In fact, you can go to http://violinspy.com to pick up your own basic violin and start playing immediately generic lipitor. Trust me, if you had seen Viola play her violin, you would know what a great idea this is.