The longstanding FADER Mix series presents new, exclusive DJ mixes from our favorite artists and producers.
On Animus, the full-length Debit put out this winter with the Mexico City-based label N.A.A.F.I., she proved herself to be a singular force in genre- and geography-crossing club music, and an artist whose music is as intoxicating as it is thoughtful. Her generous FADER Mix matches up — not a second is wasted across its 45 minutes, an enlightening journey that bounces from Mexico City to Detroit to Tel Aviv and beyond, with a pit stop in her current base of New York. Debit weaves a story using foreboding synths, punctured vocals, and a truly impressive range of percussion. Listen below and read on for more about her inspiring approach to making music that counts.
What do you imagine people doing while listening to this mix?
Ascending to a higher vibration
What music or artists do you turn to for inspiration when you're working on projects of your own?
I like to look at big chunks/bodies of work, usually by genre, region, time, or label.
Is there a track in particular that stands out? Why?
Love Hertz by Barker & Baumecker, Pulso by Dubble Dutch, and Telekuntx by Beek because all these tracks have tribal beat passages but in very different contexts and all go in very different directions. It resonates most because my production and DJ sets currently draw a lot from tribal guarachero.
You've said that your next project may "focus on economic distribution and circulation in the context of vibration, frequency, and energy." What does that mean to you?
I'm exploring the spiral as a logic, structure and pattern. I'm looking at ways this is manifested in different phenomena in nature, like physics/math and the environment, and also in society, like economics, human psychology, and ascension concepts in spiritual esoteric lit. I'm curious to systemize this in sound. It seems like the main flow of energy is a spiral that escalates and opens up, like tornados or the recurrent human 'spiraling' out of control. But seemingly once we become conscious of this we can guide its direction. Thinking in terms of energy and vibration allows us to see everything, including money as a frequency that we can tune into and tap like any other resource. I want the music to brainwash us into this belief. It's all very self-help, program-your-reality vibes.
How has your work with N.A.A.F.I. informed your approach to music-making and cultural production?
They were fundamental in my development as the artist i currently am and are all part of my creative process to different degrees. I didn't DJ competitively until i joined them. Production wise i learned some essential tips either directly from them, collaborating or just always listening to their new work. There is a lot of data exchange between us, re: content, format and resources. Some of my best friends are also part of the group, so there is a great sense of family/industry solidarity that helps navigate this work & the political challenges.
Tayhana — Los paraisos no son lugares seguros donde esconderse
Helena Hauff — Tripartite Pact
Lara Sarkissian — Obsidian
Barker & Baumecker — Love Hertz
Sha Sha Kimbo- Nobel X Tuco — Hamco
Black Noi$e — Freaknik
Siete Catorce —125
M.E.S.H. — B Maste 2
Tomas Urquieta — The Curtain Fail
Gel Abril — Spells of Yoruba
Dubble Dutch — Pulso
Nkisi — Kill
Undercontrol — Nofasmi
NKC — Blocked
BEEK — TeleKuntx (Poolboy92's Rain Dance Remix)
Nick Leon — Ocarina
Deltatron — Hijo del Diablo
Lechuga Zafiro — Tambores Mutatntes
Acemo — Pulse