Mind Against

Mind Against

Expressing a musical venture which draws from the combined roots of IDM, house and techno, Mind Against are the Italian-born, Berlin-based duo of Alessandro and Federico Fognini.

Their gift for creating emotion through the synths and percussive instruments in their studio translates uniquely onto the dancefloor, where their slick, moving take on techno makes for a special kind of peak in the club. They draw from the psychedelic hooks of 1980s soundtracks and from modern dance music’s emphasis on sound design to create a distinctive and immensely powerful sound.

In 2013, Mind Against released their first EP ‘Atlant’ on breakthrough label Life And Death, pioneering a new sub-genre with a singular style that still inspires young producers today. Then came essential collaborations with ‘Tale Of Us’ and ‘Somne’ for the same label and compilation appearances on Cocoon and Recondite’s label Plangent.

Through a string of remixes, Mind Against leant their touch to the work of, amongst others, Art Department, Ro isi n Murphy and Green Velvet. More recently also for SHDW & Obscure Shape, SCB and Hakimonu, inspiring a remix EP of the latter’s ‘Insular Realms’ through a masterstroke club edit.

All the while, they have become consumate and globally in-demand DJs, dazzling at many of electronic music’s leading clubs and festivals.Their understanding of each other plays out in the dynamism of their joint DJ sets, where a refined selection and intricate mixing forms a journey like no other. Case in point: their revered Essential Mix from 2016 and 2021.

Mind Against’s discography has grown with standout releases for Tale Of Us’ Afterlife label and Scuba’s Hotflush, including further collaborations with Locked Groove and Aether.



Last couple of years saw Monster rise to national stardom, conquering parties and festivals across the country with memorable sets. Her meteoric rise was not a surprise – the talented DJ has a decade worth of experience under her belt and an omnivorous taste for euphoric and fun music—be it house, techno, acid, trance, breaks or… Rihanna.

Her career started in the late 00’s at Rozbrat, an anarchist squat and social center in Poznań, Poland. That’s where she started throwing Squat The Electricity nights, working tightly with the local scene, popularising electronic music among activists and activism among electronic music fans. Today, she’s a member of Oramics, a Polish platform supporting women, non-binary and queer people in electronic music. Their actions came to worldwide attention thanks to the Total Solidarity compilation.

In 2018, she won a DJ contest held by Catz ‘n Dogz and performed at their Wooded City Festival in Szczecin. Later that year, she delivered a mix for Violet’s Naive label that was picked up by Pitchfork as one of their mixes of the month to the delight of Philip Sherburne: “this 99-minute set of acid, breakbeats, cascading piano house, electro, and even very early trance is cause to wonder why we haven’t heard of her before.” A recording of her fierce closing party set at Unsound 2019 was featured in Resident Advisor’s mix of the day series as well as in Pitchfork’s best mixes of January 2020. She was immediately asked to record a proper RA mix, the first Polish woman to do so since Magda.

She has performed in clubs all over Poland, and is a resident of Projekt LAB in Poznań. When not DJ-ing, you can catch her running workshops for DJs at feminist events such as International Women’s Day fundraisers, as well as ones hosted by Oramics, and Granko.



Previously a duo, this time solo in a DNB format. Negativ combines Eastern European rawness of sound with the best bass-heavy UK club music.

The style of fast transitions oscillating between tempos of 130 and 174 bpm was honed in numerous cities and clubs across the UK like Motion Bristol (a UKF night), London (XOYO and Fabric London), Exeter (Move and Lockdown Festival) and more. In addition to that, Negativ also played almost all best underground clubs in Poland as well as acclaimed Audioriver Festival or SnowFest Festival.

Apart from releases on labels like 877 Records, Southpoint, BRØKEN and more, Negativ also had the opportunity to be featured on a number of compilations like UKF Bass House, FABRICLIVE.86 or the Audioriver Festival 10th anniversary compilation.

Negativ has been mentioned/reviewed by Redbull (10 new breaks acts pushing the sound forward in 2018), DJ Mag, Mixmag, XLR8R and more. With the recent release of a > music video < with acclaimed Polish actress Iga Górecka, Negativ announced its big comeback and more releases in 2022.