Uk-born Jenn Getz & Alfie burst onto the scene in 2020 by joining forces to become Dubai’s only Female DJ Duo. With their tenacious energy in the booth, it’s hard not to be drawn to this exciting duo, while in the studio they continue to make waves following their debut ‘Only 4 Things’ on powerhouse label Solotoko.
Their latest single is ‘Vibration’ on the mighty Toolroom – a super cool club record that will excite fans and DJs alike.
With the release out now, we caught up with the duo for a Little Talk.
WWD: Where in the world are you right now?
Thank you for having us. We are based out of Dubai in the winter months and over in UK & Europe in the summers which is amazing because we get the sun all year round!
WWD: Dubai is an increasingly important but relatively new destination for electronic music – how would you describe the scene and fans there, compared with more established scenes?
It is definitely an up and coming place with huge brands being brought over. The likes of elrow, Paradise, Sunwaves and more recently launched in the UAE. It is a really exciting place to be right now in terms of growth and being a part of educating the scene. The crowds do vary here from around Europe, sometimes missing that grittiness of the UK, but there’s definitely a booming hub of music lovers here!
WWD: Tell us about your latest single on Toolroom – was there any specific inspiration with this one?
This track was created entirely around the vocals, they mean a lot to us as they were written for us by a close friend who is a spiritual guide. She talks about the universe and spirituality and how it correlates with music – something extremely important to us and our lifestyles. It is the most authentic track we’ve released in terms of the story behind the lyrics. We then wanted to give it the BIG energy it needed with the low-end groove, bass and drums!
WWD: You’ve become key artists for Toolroom – what makes the label the perfect home for your music?
Mark Knight has been super supportive of us since day one. We opened for him a few times in Dubai which was really exciting. He gave us some words of wisdom after one of these gigs and we have remembered them ever since. He told us to essentially ‘reach for the stars’ – nothing was too big if we are willing to work hard. That seems to be the motto for the whole Toolroom family and they share our vision which is so lovely to be around. Our music and the label just seems a perfect fit all round.
WWD: In an ever-evolving electronic music landscape, how do you maintain a distinct artistic identity while also staying relevant to changing trends and audience expectations?
We feel it’s so important to remain authentic to ourselves as artists and not necessarily go after trends, we make the music we love and love to play. The ever evolving landscape of social media just allows us different outlets to show our personalities alongside the music we put out – the people behind the music.
WWD: How would you say your style or sound has evolved since your debut Only 4 Things?
Our sound has definitely matured over the last few years, especially production wise. Finding our own sound has been a real focus for us since the first track so we’ve been honing in on our energy of the music for sure.
WWD: How does your dynamic as a duo influence the creative process in your collaborations, particularly in blending distinct styles or ideas?
We both have slightly different sounds and tastes. One is more a housey, funky vibe and one is more an underground heavier style. But the blend of the two together really brings a distinct style for us in our sets and music. Having a collaboration of ideas in production is so much fun as we can bounce off each other and think outside the box.
WWD: In instances where you have differing opinions on a track or production element, how do you navigate these differences to reach a solution that strengthens the final piece?
We are really strong at communicating which is really important. we both have to be 100% happy when we move forward with something, choosing photos we both agree on is the worst haha. But in general with production we work together to find a resolution that we both love always.
WWD: What does 2024 look like for Jenn Getz & Alife?
We have so many exciting things in the pipeline for us already, festival bookings, more releases and travelling to some new countries… to name a few! Theres also many things we don’t even know about yet, that’s the most exciting part of this adventure, its going to be a good year!
WWD: Finally, what’s been the biggest record of 2023 for you?
Aside from Jenn Getz & Alfie – Vibration…. OHHH that’s not fair, that’s such a hard question to answer, there has been SO MUCH amazing music out this year its not possible to say just one! It has been a huge year for women in the industry though in all genres – Arielle Free, Peggy Gou, Hannah Laing, LP Giobbi all smashing it with huge tracks this year.