Artist of the Month: Indira Paganotto

Spanish psytechno superstar Indira Paganotto speaks to Beatport about choosing her path, finding the strength to re-build, the launch of her ARTCORE label, and the community of “warriors” she’s built around her sound.

15 min
Indira 191
Dec 11, 2023
Alice Austin

If DJs were seasons, Indira Paganotto would be spring. She’s bright and open and alight with optimism, chatting from her home in Gran Canaria. Although she’s fast-reaching the DJ summit, she’s totally un-jaded, opting instead to be straight-up delighted by the way things have turned out. That’s reflected in her bright smile and wide eyes as she spins the laptop round to show me her home. It’s sleek and white with a huge skylight that floods the space in sunshine. “This is like my sacred place, where no one can find me,” Indira says happily. “This is my temple.”

Arriving back to this bright home after a long weekend deep in the underbelly of Europe’s nightclubs does sound a lot like bliss.

Gran Canaria is the third largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, although it’s much closer to Western Sahara than it is to Spain. Indira Paganotto grew up on this island, which is better known for its black lava beaches than its techno scene. But that cultural isolation pushed her to hunt for it. “It was a really nice place to grow up because it was full of natural beauty and wild seas,” Indira says. “But you really had to fight to find a good party.”

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