Hailing from Sitges, a town about 35km south west of Barcelona, Catalonia, Tini Gessler already has a formidable reputation in the Spanish-speaking world, and it's about time the rest of us caught up. Spinning primarily in the realm of deep house and tech-house, it wasn't long before she earned herself a three-year residency at Pacha Barcelona, a tenure that saw her career blossom at a dizzying pace. Now she's one of the most in-demand DJs going and is a regular fixture at the likes of Space and Pacha Ibiza and has become tightly involved with the Elrow gang, finding firm friends and DJing partners in the likes of Jamie Jones, Paco Osuna and Joseph Capriati.
Now that she's made a resounding success of the live circuit, the last couple of years have been spent solidifying her reputation as a producer. She made her debut last year with the Going On EP with Barcelona DJ and Elrow mainstay Toni Varga, and quickly followed it up with a string of releases for Safe Music, 303 Lovers, Under No Illusion, Be One Records, Cr2 and Mr Carter. In light of what has been a jam-packed year for Gessler, we invited her to contribute a mix to our Complex Sessions series, while she still has the time.
Tell us a bit about your selections in this mix.
I've been going down a slightly faster and woppier route at the moment in my sets. The set begins with an ethereal groove from electro-pop duo Private Agenda, then turns percussive and into some techy pumpers from Big Miz then progresses into bass-driven cuts from Farsight and India Jordan. There's also emotive moments with a great track from Tibasko, which leads nicely into Blueprint and Effy's "Fluffy Clouds" to round off the mix.
What was the one track you absolutely had to include?
"Mommy's Wrap" by Andreas Henneberg. The 'Original Mix'.
Any tracks that narrowly missed the cut?
There were a few, actually, but I'll keep them close to me in case they make the next mix. "Blue Cowser" is a song by one of my favourite producers: Wheats. I've played it in all my sets these last few weeks. It narrowly missed the cut because I made this mix before I heard it.
What's the first single or album you ever bought?
I'm not sure. I bought my first album when I was a kid, so I bet it was probably something really embarrassing like Spice Girls [laugh]. The first single I really remember being obsessed with was "Just A Girl" by No Doubt. I remember seeing the clip and Gwen Stefani had such amazing energy. I used to be a bit of a rock chick growing up.
What's the last physical record you bought?
The last physical record I bought was some years ago: Lil Louis' "French Kiss".
What do you want to see happen musically over the next 12 months?
I would like to see the more minimal style return a little. For a few years, it was very fashionable, but I really hope it makes a comeback.
What trend or scene absolutely needs to die right now?
I think music is like fashion and it's all temporary. We've been through many styles in recent years, and everything has its moment. Even if you don't like it, it'll only last a little while and you should have fun with it.