Martina Schneckal

I met Martina, the native bavarian from beautiful Chiemsee, at the KizombaInvasion in Frankfurt. She inspired me not only through her talent but also through her open and sincere nature. More about her journey to a meanwhile wellknown DJane in our interview.

 

First encounter with Kizomba

Music and dance in particular was her passion all along. She found especially music styles like R&B and House appealing, which is easy to recognize in her mixes. “It’s great to dance Kizomba to R&B songs“.

Her main job is at a health insurance company, a rather dry job. That’s why she always looked for surroundings that brought her close to music and dance in her free time. Faszinated by DJs at a young age she watched them with curious eyes. In her early 20s, she was working for a radio station as a side job. She took over the moderation and presented new music. Already two weeks after starting, she operated the sound mixer and was amazed.

2013 she discovered the partner dance for herself. Her talent did not remain unnoticed and her then dance teacher and very good friend started soon to train her in ballroom and latin dances. She learned a broad range of dances and started already in the same year to teach different dances together with her. Fascinated from Kizomba she started learning this dance in 2014 on numerous festivals and workshops and started teaching it together with her dance partner shortly thereafter. Under the name “Sensual Dancing Ladies” they even danced shows.

 

Her path to the DJ booth

Her personal selection of music in her classes were very well received by her students. Through her good network she regularly received new Kizomba Tracks from other DJs or the internet. Her students suggested her to deejay, a thought that was rather disconcerting to her at first.

As part of the drive to make Kizomba more well-known and to give her students the possibility to practice the dance, she contacted the dancelocation “Tanzwerk” at Lake Chiemsee. They already organized Salsa and Bachata evenings. Martina’s question if they can also play Kizomba music on their dance parties ended with her playing Kizomba together with Salsa and Bachata.

 

From amateur to pro

Driven by her motivation, without proper equipment and little knowledge she hurled herself into the adventure and deejayed only with her laptop and a free DJ program. “It was a catastrophe and impossible to mix music properly with it. I was basically just able to compile and play my songs.”

What happened to her is what happened to other pioneers. As soon as she played Kizomba, the guests just stood puzzled on the dancefloor and didn’t know what to do with this music, let alone how to dance to it. An empty dancefloor was the result.

She stayed persistent. Bravely she performed with her dance partner in order to wet their appetite – successfully. The result was growing interest and more and more people came to her classes to  learn Kizomba.

As a consequence, the scene was growing. 2014 the club “Tanzwerk” organized their first “Sensual Night” with mainly Kizomba and Bachata music, with her as DJane. It became a regular and well-attended party, that attracted my guests from Munich after word of mouth spread that she was deejaying there.

Beginning 2016 DJ Saul (Munich) asked her to cover for her in Munich’s “Hookahbar” when he had to travel. Already one week later she was called into action, with a cheap controller and consequently bad transitions. Nevertheless, the people liked her. She equipped herself with a better technology and gathered experience. “The mutual support amongst the DJs is great and I learned a lot from others and by just observing.

Ambition and passion paid off so quickly that she almost didn’t realize what happened to her. Already mid 2016 she was booked almost every weekend in southern Germany, as well as in Austria, Frankfurt and events like the KizombaInvasion Munich or Frankfurt and on Mulini Beach in Rovinj with DJ Paluxe. Furthermore she was co-organizer of the first Kizomba boat on beautiful lake Chiemsee.

Since beginning of 2017 you can hear Martina ever more in Frankfurt am Main. Her partner Sónia, who lives in Frankfurt, motivated her to move there. Sónia is well-known in the scene as taxi dancer (leader) and as organizer of the Kizomba Café in Frankfurt. In the meantime, they give Kizomba classes in Chiemgau (southern Germany) and Austria. At this point, Martina wants to thank her partner for her continuous support. Sónia accompanies her at every booking. „Without you this would not be possible – Thank you so much!”

 

A men’s world

When I asked her how it is to assert oneself as woman in this men’s world, she emphasized again the great mutual support and cooperation between DJs, organizers and taxidancers.

Unfortunately, a few patterns from the normal working world are reflected also here, e.g. when it comes to payments and gigs. There are still very few women in this field and many are not brave enough and don’t push forward enough.

It is striking how rarely female DJs are booked on festivals and bigger events. There are many festivals in Europe in the upcoming months and on the fewest events female DJs are invited. If DJanes are invited, they often play at off-peak times and smaller dancefloors. “I think that’s a shame”

 

The secret about her name

Her bavarian Nickname „Schneckal“ lead to her first artist name „KizSchneckal“ – in Bavaria understandable, in the rest of Germany rather odd. Therefore, she changed her name to “DJane AngelKizz” end of 2016 with the start of her gigs in Frankfurt which initially confused her fans. Today she is well-known under this name.

 

The secret of her success

„You need to pay attention and respond to the people’s mood. I can’t first put them into trance with soft sounds and then all of a sudden play a tarraxa song and break the mood. I always prepare well, but I never know before a gig what I will really end up playing. I first check the people’s mood and how they react to my music.” 

Martina really puts her heart into this. She loves what she can do with her music and she appreciates the chances that are given to her. She says that with all the rapid success it is important “to keep your feet on the ground”. “If you become well-known all of a sudden, it’s easy to become arrogant. But if we are very honest to ourselves, we are all comparatively small lights in this world.” 

Yes, we think you are right, Martina. And because you are how you are, your light shines especially bright.

 

 You can dance to DJane AngelKizz on these events in the upcoming months:

 

Regular fixed dates:

  • Kizomba Café Frankfurt
  • Kizomba Club Frankfurt
  • Tanzwerk in Chiemgau/ at lake Chiemsee
  • Circulo Munich
  • Dance school Conexión Frankfurt

 

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