By Gaeun Chu on Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, next in our BAE series is Fatim Guzel. In her university days, she was surrounded by DJ friends, often jamming in the studio. The musical energy rubbed off on her. Soon after, she learned for herself and practiced her skills whenever she had free time. Now, she’s part of Singapore’s all-girl DJ collective, ATTAGIRL! and Kuala Lumpur’s music collective, Akyhla. Don’t let her petite appearance fool you — she drops heavy bass that will knock you off your feet (and get dancing)!
WHY IS MUSIC YOUR CHOSEN MEDIUM OF EXPRESSION?
Growing up, I tend to keep things to myself. I had trouble expressing myself. Music helped me, in a way. My DJ sets and mixes usually sounds like how I’m feeling in that moment.
WHEN WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THE GENRE YOU PLAY?
In 2013, I had my first proper dubstep gig experience. Malaysia’s Budculture Crew brought in WALSH of Biscuit Factory from the UK. I immediately fell in love with the sound and the vibe at the venue. I ended up going for regular monthly gigs in the scene.
When I first started DJ-ing, my sound was quite limited. I played a lot of grime and dub, only. Recently, I discovered new things and I’ve started including other genres to my sets. At the same time, I’ll always stick to my musical style.
YOU’RE PART OF AKHYLA AND ATTAGIRL. HOW DID YOU GET INTO THESE TWO COLLECTIVES?
I got back from my first show with ATTAGIRL! It was their second anniversary in Singapore. DJ/Producer Kain approached me to join Akhyla in 2015. We used to go to the same gigs in our younger days but didn’t really have the chance to get to know each other before. As for ATTAGIRL!, the girls invited me to join the collective a year later after my first show with them. Both has helped developed my music career in different ways. I really admire what they have done for the music scene, even before I joined the collectives.
WHAT DIFFERENCES DO YOU NOTICE WHEN IT COMES TO NIGHTLIFE IN KUALA LUMPUR COMPARED TO SINGAPORE?
Singapore always bring in my favorite underground international DJs. Ones that I’ve always wanted to see!
IN KUALA LUMPUR’S MUSIC SCENE, HAVE YOU FACED CHALLENGES AS A FEMALE DJ OR HAS IT BEEN SUPPORTIVE?
So far, it has been rather supportive and I’m happy with it. I get good responses from my friends and people that I don’t know who managed to catch my set. The only thing that bothered me is the fact that there’s not much females in the underground scene. Whenever I went to a gig alone to support my friends, some people would think that I just wanted to be around boys. All I wanted was a gig with good music. How funny!
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FINALLY, WHO IS YOUR NEXT BAE FEATURE SUGGESTION?
Jaydah from ATTAGIRL! She has a great selection of tunes, mad skills and always keep it proper.