Ana Kublashvili aka Newa is a classically trained musician from Tbilisi and at the forefront of the rapidly emerging Georgian electronic music scene. Her versatile production and DJ sets are presented in the capital's main clubs such as Bassiani, Khidi & Mtkvarze. Newa is trying to transform the local underground music scene by bringing more freedom of choice, tolerance, acceptance and empathy to it.
Inspired by jazz, classical music and Georgian folklore, her unique production is evolving through organic ambient trips and underground techno cuts. Her music is released via her own imprint Icon Trax as well as labels such as Bassini, Semantica and others. Newa has been recently featured in Ben Klock's imprint 'Klockworks' on label's special 20th-anniversary release. You can listen to snippets of the album HERE.
Hi, Ana, what have you been up to lately?
Making music, thinking about it and setting free my inner self ^-^
You started your career in classical and jazz music, what intrigued you to switch to electronic music?
The freshness of the sound. I think we're all gonna be electronic soon, I guess it's the future of music. I really love how the electronic sound is made and how it affects us all. Most of the people can remember their first time listening to it and falling in love with it or hating it. It can affect surely.
Of course jazz, classical music, Georgian folklore and all the other genres I love still remain in my head and I get lot's of inspiration from them still.
"What matters to me is emotions which I transfer to my listener and they transfer to me. I'm an emotion addict."
You are located in Tbilisi, Georgia. Can you tell us more about the underground electronic music scene there?
So many articles write about clubs in Tbilisi, (of course I appreciate what they do) but very few of them are interested in Georgian musicians. We are building and creating something in here, we are struggling and working and caring and getting angry and loving – living in MUSIC. Does this matter to the listener? I hope it does. What matters for me is emotions which I transfer to my listener and they transfer to me. I'm an emotion addict. There are lots of interesting Georgian musicians in Tbilisi.
Few labels which need to be checked if you're interested in Georgian music are Icontrax, Hanker, Vodkast Records. Those labels release music that is not really known to the world and this is Georgian underground scene for me. I really love being in Tbilisi at the moment as an artist, because the situation here is boiling hard in terms of the movements trying to win over the older generation, bringing freedom of choice, tolerance, acceptance and the empathy.
After making a big step in electronic music, collaborating with big labels as Klockworks and Semantica, do you consider relocating to one of the electronic music capitals?
I can never say that I will not move anywhere else in the world. I don't have any exact plan in future to move somewhere else. I really love being in Tbilisi at the moment because it is really interesting to be here as an artist, as a creator of something because the situation here is boiling hard in terms of the movements trying to win over the older generation, bringing freedom of choice, tolerance, acceptance and the empathy. We got still a long way to go but we will change it.
You’ve been introduced as a new artist in Klockworks 20th release, that is coming out in few days. Can you tell us a bit more about how it all started?
Ben Klock can always find something special. All the tracks released on Klockworks are always something special from its creator. “Dance of the warrior” was special for me too. That’s all I can say.
Your track ‘Dance of the Warrior’ sounds very industrial and raw. Where did you get inspiration from? What stands behind this production?
Anger. If you have seen how anime characters get angry that was me. :))))
What are your plans for the future? Where will your next gigs be?
Plans for the future are developing my production and sharing my music with people. My next gig will be in Japan in October and I'm very excited about it.
Thank you for your time and we wish you a lot of success!