Öona Dahl drops in this week’s mix with a live recording from House of Yes NYC back in Dec 2022. Öona Dahl, which derives from her spirit guide’s name, first discovered dance music in the late 80s from her mother who exposed her to music like Madonna and Donna Summer.
As a child, she found solace in nature and enjoyed listening to tapes with sounds of the rainforest and waterfalls. She found a Bjork vinyl album at a garage sale which set her off into a lifetime passion for electronic music. Öona, not having many friends growing up besides imaginary ones, found comfort cracking software on her PC. She began using early DAW’s like Fruity Loops and Acid Pro to make her own music.
After seeing a DJ at a rave in Toronto in 2001, she went home and got herself a pair of belt-drive turntables to start teaching herself how to DJ. Later, receiving weekly lessons from DJ Pacman near her home in New York, she went on to play at clubs before she was even legally allowed at age 17. In 2004, she moved down to Florida to be closer to Disney World and to attend college for sound design.
During college she met DJ Monk (Rabbit In The Moon) and DJ Three from Hallucination Recordings at an afterparty which led to DJ gigs at Hallucination events. After moving to Berlin in 2014, she released music on All Day I Dream and then, several years later, signed her highly regarded debut album ‘Holograma’ in 2017 to Hallucienda. Now having released her sophomore artist album ‘Morph’ in 2021, her growth as a producer, songwriter, graphic artist and video director is on full display. Playing music around the world both as Öona Dahl and Slumber (with Amber Cox), she continues to forge her path sharing higher consciousness through cosmic sounds.