Latvian Alisa Scetinina, also known as Gaisma, is joining Rework for an exciting new collaboration project, SCETI. They make their debut on the Exlove label with a fantastic four-track synthesized disco EP.
Scetinina is a former ballet dancer at the Stuttgarter Ballet, and now an accomplished vocalist. She leads this powerful new team produced by Playhouse and Exlove artists Rework AKA Daniel Varga and Michael Kuebler. Between them, they create a unique vibe that runs along the lines between disco, new wave, indie, electro, and synthpop. They do it with classic synths, minimal drum machine patterns, and dreamy voices like soundscapes from Alisa. We do not know where to record her latest work, as she is able to navigate between various genres with ease and mastery. ‘Feel Alive’ is probably her most honest and eclectic retro-futuristic electronic album to date. This latest work, more narrative and cinematographic, invites us to enjoy it both at home and on the dance floor.
We have had the pleasure of speaking with Sceti, and this has been the result.
Hi there ! Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Right now i am based in Stuttgart, but I do try to travel home to Latvia few times a year. I actually used to start my day with a little meditation, do some TCM exercises and after have my tea with honey. I do change my morning routine a lot, and add some new stuff or take something out,though right now i mange only to wash my face get dressed, have a sip of my homemade Kombucha and go to work.
When did the idea of starting a project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
I did collect through the year some lyrics that i hoped to use in my Project “Gaisma”, but they where just not fitting with the character that i am going with. When Rework send me some demo tracks, i have given those lyrics their Home. I also wanted to be part of the Project when i can focus more on the lyrics and the texts, so i guess yeah i did always want to be part of such a project.
How would you define the sound of your latest work? What is the concept behind?
The music we created together is a wild mixture of disco and 80s new wave influences inspired by some of our fav bands New Order, Deux, Glass Candy…. We love to use our analog synths from the 70s and 80s and fit the vocals in. Giving people the feeling that everything is in the right place, and the connection with nature and life around us. Just being present now and here, and having a good time. Being happy with ourselves and the world around us. Let us feel what we feel, weather it is sadness orecstatic happiness.
What artists are you interested in these days?
I enjoy different artists and genres, and generally listen to very diverse music. I enjoy Levin goes Lightly and Karies Albums, and a Mixtape that i got from a friend for my Birthday. Times i listen to the “HORADS” student Radio in Stuttgart, i enjoy to listen to the music when i don’t need to to choose what is coming next.
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
I like when the lyrics are strong or just have a nice vibe and the message moves something inside me. I have respect for many different producers, and enjoy to hear the elements out, and see how they work together as an organism. I guess that is the same thing that i wanna feel when i produce, feel each sound and give it it’s place in a mix.
How would you define your sound?
I just have some thoughts, melodies or lyrics that i want to let out. I want to respect each song and work together with it, feel which way instrumentally to go with it, and what type of energy to give it. I love psychedelic sounds, detuned stuff and groovy, bouncy beats.
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
My main Project “ Gaisma”, which is supper diverse one, with it’s musical style as well as art in a way of performance and video making. I wanna keep on exploring new areas and ways of expression.
Of course “Sceti” our new disco, new wave, indie, electro, and synthpop
with Rework guys Daniel Varga & Michael Kuebler
from the Exlove Records. I tend to focus more on the lyrics and the singing, and they on they music.
And “Annatomy” with Michael John Wordsmith, which gravitates toward a darker, acid house sound, filled with lush basslines and heavy beats. Our own productions attempt to be true to our analog jams, capturing the raw energy of the moment. Playing Live and Dj sets, but still didn’t have any official releases.
The Rework guys come out with some new Rework stuff in the Playhouse tradition within the next months plus some brand new projects that fit perfectly on the exlove artist roster. «Pola Women» is a new project with a singer from The Stuttgart Art Academy plus new «She Lies» tracks with the Berlin girls.