Renegade Riddims: Arietta
DJ and Producer Arietta is known for providing infectious broken beat dance grooves with an uplifting presence, but is never afraid to go too deep into her emotive musical selections. Her 15 years of classical/jazz training as a multi-instrumentalist and composer presently translates into sets where she infuses a sense of musicality and ethereal atmosphere, to tell a story showcasing a deep understanding of the sonic terrain that is Drum & Bass and Breaks music.
Her eclectic take on bass music was rooted in her from an early age. She got her first set of turntables aged just 16, and by the time she was 18 she held a club residency in her hometown of Phoenix, AZ. From then on she was a frequent Drum & Bass performer in the Southwest US underground. After a brief hiatus to focus on electroacoustic art installation and ethnomusicology, in 2014 she launched a breakbeat duo project, eventually reverting her primary focus back to solo performance in early 2016.
Although she loves playing in nightclubs and at festivals, her passion for music goes beyond the spectrum of technical mixing and stylistic production. She’s the founder of the national artist collective and platform, ANIMA, and has shown her commitment to building social/political awareness through her various electronic music projects.
Currently based in Boston, MA, Arietta remains active in live performance in scenes across the USA, and is the host of BASS Movement, a weekly worldwide radio show on dnbradio.com, and is the founder of the bass music blog bmvnt.com. Most recently, Arietta has independently released an EP, Coded Dreams Vol. 1, various singles and provided remix support. She was the winner of Hospital Records inaugural ‘Women in Drum and Bass’ DJ Competition in July 2020. She’s been featured in the NewTimes, ThatDrop.com, BEST Drum and Bass, EDM Identity, Relentless Beats, and Life Support Machine amongst other national and international blogs. She’s hard at work on her first solo Drum & Bass album which I hear is guaranteed to show her passion and purpose through sound.
I first came across Arietta earlier this year when I posted in a Facebook group that I was looking for womxn to showcase in our International Women’s Day 2021 takeover on DTRadio. The day went really well and when Arietta later approached me to ask about doing a Renegade Riddims mix, I didn’t need any convincing!
So that brings us to today and Arietta’s brand new mix! We’ve got an hour of music from the likes of Halogenix, Ulterior Motive, Sustance, Annix, AC13, Alix Perez and loads more! Check out Arietta’s mix below and grab it as a free download from the button beneath the Soundcloud player!
Sustance – Blood Money
Annix – Millionaire
Halogenix – Blej (Fade Black Remix)
Fox – Walk Out (Produced by DLR & Alix Perez)
DJ Madd – GDM
Rockwell – Please Please Please (Play This On The Radio) (Original Mix)
Ulterior Motive – Tech2
Invadhertz – Killa Sound (Original Mix)
OneMind – Late Addition (feat. Total Science)
Paranoiac Del – White Noise
GEST – Inertia
Bou – Wormhole (feat. Mefjus)
Katharsys – Slippery Slope (Current Value Remix)
Breakage – As We Enter (Break Remix)
Beeson – Brown Sugar
Plox – Obsessions VIP
S.P.Y – Transmission
Monika – Fly To You
Total Science & War – Cool & Deadly
Grey Code, DRS – Drowning (Original Mix)
Alix Perez, Halogenix – Unlustrous
Sustance – Quasi
Alix Perez – Empty Words
Creatures – Behemoth
Screamarts – Outbreak
DR feat. Coppa – Promised Land
Focusfire – Nonverbal
Fourward – Spike
AC13 – Hold Em Up (Original Mix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Give It To Me (Original Mix)
Sub Focus – Airplane (Culture Shock Remix)
Grafix – Break The Cycle
Karma, Friction – Active (Original Mix)
Reso – Taiga (Urbandawn Remix)
Deadline – Hayling (Remix)