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Hands Johanna Knutsson 5elect5 EssentialsJohanna Knutsson is a Swedish-born crate digger, DJ, producer and label founder/owner. Although she already had a successful career as a hair stylist, she decided to quit her business and relocate to Berlin to focus on a career in music; her second passion. It is an impressive tactic to pursue a musical career by initially focusing on a different profession. Johanna is now a full-time artist touring around the world but still enjoys to cut hair on several days a month to stay connected to her other creative roots. Running two established labels “Zodiac 44” with Luca Lozano and “UFO Station Recordings” with Hans Berg, hosting the radio show “Low Power FM” with Kate Miller, and having recently released a track on the label “Midnight Shift Singapore”, her career seems to continue reaching exciting new levels.

Johanna’s essentials are a beautiful collection of gifts she has received from her strongest supporters and closest friends. She draws her daily dose of inspiration and energy from these thoughtful items and is a strong believer in a network of like-minded creatives that share, respect and learn from each other. Thank you for the reminder that being an artist doesn’t need to be an isolating lonely job but can be warm and loving if you create or find your family.

Essentials Johanna Knutsson 5elect5

1. MASKING TAPE (MT, CHECK HERE): These colorful Sticky Tapes I use when I’m organizing my record bags before a show.Some times if it’s a intense gig (bad monitoring, strange vibes or just a lot of things going on in he dj-booth) I feel in control because the different colors tells me what could possibly fit well musically together.

2. MUNECA QUITAPENA (WORRY DOLLS, A GIFT):  I got these from my music-and soul mate Kate Miller. I worry about the world a lot, but it helps having these with me. Also, the gesture of giving me these was so beautiful.

3. SAGE (A GIFT): My very good friend Pjotr gave me this sage to burn. I always burn it before i practice djing at home, don’t know why but it gets me in a good mood.

4. RAINBOW CRYSTAL (A GIFT): My partner bought me this as a birthday gift a few years ago, lifts my spirit ans basically just something pretty to look at when I make music.

5. NOTEBOOKS (OWN COLLECTION): I always have books and lists with me to write down every music idea I get, things to remember and to-do lists.

6. ENAMEL STEEL CUP (VINTAGE): My coffee cup. No ideas will come without coffee. This particular one I bought in a second hand shop in Australia as a souvenir of my first Australia/Asia tour ever!

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Hands Hannah Faith 5elect5

1. PALO SANTO (SACRED WOOD): Palo Santo gives me a sense of  clarity it, soothes my soul.

2. CAMERA (PENTAX, VINTAGE): My camera has to always be with me, I feel like i don’t ever want to have a moment where i miss out on a opportunity to capture something beautiful, I love capturing beauty when i’m on my travels, I feel as if it will last longer that way.

3. HEADPHONES (URBANEARS, BUY HERE): My headphones are super essential, on my journeys I always feel the need to have a melody playing whilst on the move, feel like I’m more connected.

4. BOOK (BY CHRISTOPHER HANSARD, BUY HERE): “The Tibetan Art Of Positive Thinking” puts me at ease if I ever feel irrational or uncertain of myself, there are a lot of teachings in the book that are super healthy for the spirit, my health is my first priority when I’m far from home.

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1. INCENSE (NO BRAND): Scent essentials, forever. At home, i’m constantly burning things, so when i travel its definitely like bringing a piece of home with me, which is why i love to burn cedar and palo santo. I’m quite sensitive to “presences”, so things like palo santo help clear the space, where ever i am. I also like to make my own fragrances and hair serums, so right now I use vetiver, a tiny bit of patchouli and lavender oil mixed in with almond oil. 

2. SHOES (DR. MARTENS, CHECK HERE): I have had these doc’s since high school. Since they changed the sole, they never last as long, but thats probably why they did it lol. These shoes have seen the world with me.

3. CRYSTALS (A SELECTION, NO BRAND): More metaphysical hippy vibes for that ass. It took me a while to open up to crystals and their effects but now there is no going back. Smoky Quartz, Selenite, Rhodochrosite, Labradorite and Moldavite. They are my ride or dies. 

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1. INCENSE (PALO SANTO – NO BRAND): I bring Palo Santo with me everywhere.  When I’m traveling I have to deal with a lot of other peoples vibes, particularly negative or stressed out ones.  When I get to my hotel room I typically light some palo santo.  Not only does it “clear the air” and calm me down but it also gives me a familiar feeling as I also light palo santo at home in the mornings and before bed.  It connects me with home and a sense of peace wherever I’m at.

2. HOUR GLASS (NO BRAND): I bought this hour glass at an antique store in Nashville Tennessee.  I have it in my studio on my workstation desk.  I tend to use it when I have a difficult production task that I need to accomplish but know that I can’t spend too much time on.  I like it better than setting a digital timer because it gives me something visual to represent time.  A ticking clock gives me slight anxiety and bad memories from school.  The hour glass has a calming nature to it.  Once the hour has passed I know to take a break and walk away from whatever I’m doing so that I don’t make any hasty decisions.

3. EQUIPMENT (MIDI FIGHTER, SEE HERE): The MIDI Fighter is an essential piece of gear for me.  I love the action of the arcade style buttons on it when programming drums or just jamming out live.  I use it in the studio and on stage.  It’s fun to pick up and dance around playing it during my shows.  It’s good eye candy for the crowd with all its flashing lights.  It’s also very sturdy and has survived many gigs which I can’t say about a lot of other MIDI controllers I’ve owned.  

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1. INCENSE STICKS (SOME JAPANESE BRAND): This is something i try to keep with me where ever i go. Because i love the smell and the relaxing side effect. I have a huge collection at home which i got from Japan, Korea and India. This on is from Kyoto ( Japan).  We once played a show where friends of mine passed them to the audience and told them to light them when we start playing.

2. GREENSTONE NECKLACE (NO BRAND): You only get a Greenstone in New Zealand and you can’t buy them for yourself. Its a tradition that you can just get one if somebody gives it to you as a present. 
So after my final year in school i worked in a small anthroposophical place with mentally disabled people. This was my present at the end of the year. I always wear it to keep the spirit.

3. RUBBER BANDS (NO BRAND): I have no idea what it is but twisting rubber bands in my hands has been something i’m really into since i was a little kid. There is no way you will ever see me without those.

4. EAR PLUGS (EGGER, BUY HERE): Clubs are just too loud sometimes….. :***(

5. BODY LOTION (MITTAGSBLUME, CHECK HERE ): A thing i actually would not like to have with me but i have very strong case of Neurodermatits ( a skin illness which makes you scratch all day long and especially in the night ). So i the wintertime i have to take this cream everywhere. Its based just on natural ingredients.

6. LINEAR WAVE SAMPLER (ROLAND SP404sx, CHECK HERE ): I just love this thing. I got mine just recently but i´ve been diggin all that lofi and boom bap stuff since i saw dibiase killing it on the SP. 

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