A product of Sweden’s seemingly endless conveyor of techno talent, Ida Engberg has carved herself a career as a DJ/Producer through relentless hard work and passion. Now an internationally recognized talent whose taste for stripped back, sweat-on-the-ceiling techno and her discerning ear for deep house, Ida possesses a growing production catalogue as she ascends amongst the electronic music ranks.
Having picked up the DJing bug at the age of 14, Ida progressed from playing records in her local youth center to her first gig in a small bar in Stockholm by 18. The bar gigs led to club gigs and warm-up spots for international talent that passed through Stockholm’s infamous Cocktail Club, where Ida became a resident. Through contacts and events, Ida began to secure bookings outside of Sweden. “My tactic was to say yes to every opportunity I got to play somewhere, I basically just followed my heart and inner path”, remembers Ida. While in Marbella, Ida was offered the chance to work as a resident DJ over the summer. This experience gave her the confidence to push things forward by relocating to the Mecca of parties and craziness, Ibiza, for a full season in 2005. “Being there was so inspiring, I think taking that journey has definitely led me to where I am today.”
When Ida arrived back in Sweden, she put that inspiration to work producing her own music. Her first releases on Pickadoll and Get Physical in 2007 paved the way for her signing with the international agency Plantage13, and for the next couple years she focused her touring in mostly Germany, Belgium, and Holland, including her first Drumcode gig in 2008. She soon made her impactful debut in the US, at Sunday School for Degenerates WMC in 2009, leading to being signed by the US agency AM Only. Her later productions, including ‘Owl’s Nest’/’Little Shadow’ (Truesoul, 2010) and her remix of Depeche Mode’s Sister of Night in 2011, both gained massive support and topped sales charts worldwide. In 2011, Ida joined the ranks of Adam Beyer’s techno juggernaut Drumcode, making her mark with acclaimed releases like ‘Blue Yonder’ and ‘Junoverse’ in 2011, as well as the Adam Beyer collaboration ‘Unanswered Question’ in 2013.
Ida’s versatility is infectious, whether playing big room techno at Drumcode nights & festivals like Awakenings, or deep house at clubs and after hours all around the world. 2013 saw Ida continue her dance floor domination at the world’s most respected clubs like Paradiso in Amsterdam, Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Ushuaia in Ibiza, Cavo Paradiso in Greece, Pacha Ibiza, Gipsy in Moscow, and festivals like Wavefront Festival in Chicago, Ultra Miami & Buenos Aires, Amsterdam Dance Event, and BPM Festival in Mexico, amongst others. This past year, she has guest starred on residencies like Guy Gerber’s Wisdom of the Glove at Pacha Ibiza, Luciano’s Vagabundos at Ushuaia, Row 14 Barcelona’s “El Row on the Road”, and Richie Hawtin’s ENTER. at BPM.
2014 will see a flurry of US dates during her extended stay, including Igloofest Montreal, Story Miami, Spybar Chicago, RebelRave (and a kickoff to her Verboten residency) in Brooklyn, NY. She has a jam packed Miami Music Week this year, including Damian Lazarus’s 8th annual Get Lost celebration, Drumcode, and an exclusive b2b set with Adam Beyer for ENTER. March will see Ida’s Crosstown Rebels debut release before she heads back into the studio. Come summer, catch her in Ibiza & beyond with some exciting new collaborations and guest appearances.