Chinedum Nwosu, a.k.a. Shinedoe, began her DJ career when she was still a teenager, with her Inmotion parties (now called Intacto Nights) becoming a hot fixture of Amsterdam’s clubbing calendar around the turn of the millennium. Drawing from a broad range of influences, from Detroit to minimal to garage to her Nigerian roots, the tech-savvy Shinedoe now stands at the helm of Intacto and MTM Records (Music That Moves), two meticulously honed platforms for soulful techno founded in 2004 and 2018, respectively. In the meantime, Shinedoe has presided over sets from Berghain to Harlem to Japanese megaclub Womb and released a multitude of 12-inches with labels such as Ibadan Records, Cocoon, and Bpitch Control.
Q: Approximately how many gigs do you play a year?
I play between 80 and 110 gigs a year.
Q: How many flights do you need to take for your annual bookings?
I take 60 to 90 flights.
Q: What equipment do you typically use?
I use vinyl records and a USB stick.
Q: What does traveling mean to you? Are you still able to enjoy it?
Yes, I love it. Traveling means freedom, meeting new people, culture, and inspiration.
Q: What do you miss the most when you’re on the road?
Sometimes I miss traveling with someone to share experiences with.
Q: How do you keep your life balanced?
Be aware of food, do yoga, and try to catch some daylight!
Q: What’s the best, weirdest, or craziest situation you’ve experienced on your journeys so far?
I just like living in the moment. So much has happened, I can’t say just one thing now. Drunk people on the plane, drivers, promoters who arrive too late for things. But the best is definitely seeing a lot of the world.
The preceding is an excerpt from Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017, a collaboration between Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate, the Cosmo Hotel, and Linus Dessecker. It is available to purchase at www.soundtravels.de.