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“I feel her around every day, nevertheless,” she says. “It is one of the most crucial feelings I ever experienced, to feel that the dead people are still with me; love cannot die. They are always with me, their soul is around.”
Allien played the album for her friends and colleagues, and no one seemed certain that the music could be applied to the international clubs where she plays several nights a week. Still, she tried out a few pieces while spinning in Italy, mixing them into the middle and end of her DJ set.
“In Italy, people were open, listening and dancing,” she proclaims enthusiastically, before whistling a few bars of “Ondu” and adding, “People were whistling.”
According to Allien, the live responses to SOOL’s tracks have been similarly surprising in other countries.
“When I apply it, it works totally out! It is crazy!” she exclaims.
Coinciding with the release of both SOOL and Boogy Bytes Volume 4 is Allien’s clothing collection, *PLUS*. Featuring pieces for both men and women, the collection ties in conceptually with SOOL and focuses on “organic motifs” printed on white jersey.
“Those organic prints are crucial for *PLUS* — they represent the human body’s energy flux,” she says. “Hence, the name *PLUS* stands for the positive energy, which we all need for being happy and that never shall become subdued by negativity.”
And maybe, in summarizing her clothing line, Allien gave the best explanation of herself.
Ellen Allien will deejay at Avaland on Sat., May 3, with Claude VonStroke and Sascha Funke.