How did your DJ-ing career start?
I started when I was 14, at school parties. At 16, I played my first gigs for free, then I started earning money by selling mixtapes I recorded during the gigs. When I was 18 I went to Paris and Milan to do some modeling, and I traveled around the world for photo shoots. I had my first son when I was 20, and seven years later, my twins, one boy and one girl. During this time I had a break and started DJ-ing again in 2004.
Is it your first time here in the Philippines? How's it so far?
Yes, it is, and I’m trying to visit as many places as I can, like Boracay, Palawan, and some places in Manila. I love the kindness of everybody, the weather, the tropical food. I hope I get to visit every year!
What kind of music do you play?
My style is very electronic, with a lot of pressure and pumping and just a few vocals. I call it maximal! I also mix in some old hard rock classics, like AC/DC and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What else keeps you busy?
First, my job as a mother to my three kids. It keeps me breathless—school, their hobbies, homework, and cooking. And I have an artist agency, representing DJs. It keeps me in the office every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aside from this, I’ve also been working in German television for over 20 years. I’ve appeared in about 15 movies and I’ve done hosting in a lot of TV shows. But playing my music all over the world is what I like most.
You sure don’t look like a mom of three.
Everybody is surprised, and I love to play with the idea. To me, being a mother doesn’t mean just staying at home, cooking, and getting fat. A woman has to stay sexy and adorable—in the kitchen, at work—always! A lot of women think that after pregnancy they can start being lazy and it’s the man who has to earn the money. I think it’s the wrong mentality.
How do you unwind and relax?
I really don’t need a lot of time for myself. If I do, I just take a long bath, or watch a good movie with a glass of good Italian red wine. A foot massage is great, too.
What do you do for fun?
I love playing billiards, and going out with friends and singing karaoke!
Are you more shy and sweet, or naughty and wild?
That’s easy! I guess I’m playing naughty... But when I let somebody into my world, I turn shy and sweet. Being wild is not my style. I would say I’m creative and funny in all situations!
Describe for us your ideal man.
The perfect man has to be modern, but classically macho! He has to know how to treat a woman right. Laughing, eating, and drinking a good glass of red wine can be the perfect rendezvous. But I don’t want my man to cook! The kitchen is my secret place, where I relax and make new recipes. A man in the kitchen at home is the most unsexy thing for me.
What is your favorite meal to cook?
I’m crazy about soups. I’m always cooking at least three different soups a week. My best recipe is a sauerkraut soup, with sausages and mushrooms. I’m also quite good with Italian pasta and sauces. I love cooking chicken, beef, and all vegetables, steamed or grilled. My cooking is very healthy. I try not to mix too much proteins with too much carbohydrates. My kids cook with me, so because they want to try what they themselves cooked, there’s nothing they don’t eat.
What's your impression of Filipino men?
They’re very helpful, always kind and in a good mood. Everybody seems to be always laughing, even at five in the morning. Unfortunately I haven’t seen a single man taller than me. I love to wear high heels, so I’m usually very tall here!
Do you travel a lot? Any favorite places?
Three times a year I try to set a vacation with my kids. The whole summer, nearly six weeks, I live in Ibiza with my kids. In winter we stay in Kitzbühl, Austria for skiing. It would be great to bring my kids here and show them the Philippines. Besides vacations, I’m usually on the plane four times a week to travel for my DJ-ing gigs.
Any memorable DJ-ing experience?
There are so many clubs; every club in every city is so different. I’m glad I've never had a bad experience so far, besides these two clubs that never paid me! My favorite experience is in 2011, at Privilege Ibiza. I played there in August as the main act. It’s called the biggest club in the world [the Guinness Book of World Records confirms it]—15,000 people! The DJ desk is in a swimming pool and there are artists from Cirque de Soleil. Just amazing.
PHOTOGRAPHY: RIA REGINO
STYLING: BADJ GALIAS-GENATO
MAKE-UP: EDWIN RAMOS
HAIR: ROMAN OSTAN
SPECIAL THANKS TO ESCADE MEDIA AND PALLADIUM, NEW WORLD HOTEL, MAKATI CITY