Ali Berger


Released: 03/03/2020

@Ali Berger


Introduce yourself? Hometown? Where do you currently reside? 1 fun fact about yourself?

I’m from Princeton NJ, I live in Pittsburgh and I’ve been cutting my own hair since August 2012.

What is your most played track?

Describe the vibe of your ideal party? Space? Smell? Drinks? Anything you can think of 😉

It’s in someone’s big living room, only a few lights, no fancy stuff but someone is running the lights all night. Nag champa incense, big hifi sound system (loud but not too loud), it’s free to get in and there is nothing for sale!!

Dream b2b?

DJ Sprinkles b2b Native Racket, 6 hour set. I’d melt

Ideal booth set up?

A Xone96 or maybe that goofy new 6-channel Pioneer, 3x1200s, 3xCDJs, a delay pedal, a reverb, Bozure isolator and a 909 & 727 because why not??

Guilty pleasure track?

I feel like this has big Disney energy but I love this tune so much

Let’s play a pipipi game… I give you a situation and you give me a track

Up for 4 days in a row and need a track to fall asleep to…

On the way to Burning Man with a coworker for your sabbatical…

DJing a quinceanera

Lost in a mall in the 90s

Advice to beginning DJs?

Be kind, patient & don’t judge (yourself or others), practice every day even if it’s just one blend after work, learn what everything does on the gear even if you don’t think you need it

Describe the best dj/live set you have seen this year?

Bill Converse at Redux in Buffalo. 5 hours of funky techno madness on the ground floor of a house that was heaving from the bass and the dancers.

Most underrated artist at the moment?

So many but here are 3 from Detroit–Wet Dog, DJ PIA & Nicole Misha.

What is your prediction on the next music genre re-vamp 2020?

If I say Chicago house & muzic box jams are gonna be cool again will it happen?

Fav club drink?


Describe what you would want your rider to look like as a DJ all star playing Ibiza…

Kind of like a buffet spread of roasted & grilled vegetables, cauliflower, zucchini, Murasaki sweet potatoes… also gonna need flights & hotels for my friends of course

Favorite DJ trick?

If you mix out 2/4/8 bars too early, start backspinning/baby scratching the other record, preferably into the echo fx. Then you’re not just waiting for something to happen, you’re building tension! Shoutout Scott Zacharias who I saw doing this

Describe the first moment where you had an epiphany about your love for music?

Music really snuck up on me over a few years but around 5 or 6am one day in summer 2009, after my senior year of high school, being up all night in my parents’ basement by myself, softly spiraling out in anxiety over my friendships, not really knowing what feelings were or how to deal with having them, I made a loop with some chords and a bassline that didn’t make me feel better but made it feel ok that the moment was happening. That feeling really stuck with me.

DJ dream of yours?

Running & playing at a 100-200 person space that is totally legal and somehow independent of the need to make money 🙂

Ideal b2b partners in crime?

When Davis Galvin and I play together we definitely get away with a variety of crimes

What would you like to see in the future for the dance community?

More love, patience & compassion for every human being involved full stop!