Nazira - molecular biologist who helped create club scene in Kazakhstan
Mixmag brings the story of Nazira, who went from being a molecular biologist working in an international company, to starting a DJ career in Kazakhstan, to the dismay of her family. She started the ZVUK ("sound") collective putting Kazakhstan's music scene on the world map and provided Kazakh artists with a unique opportunity to be heard outside their bedrooms. Nazira also kickstarted the Unsound Dislocation festival with international artists. In clubs, she managed to increase the average audience from 50 people by ten times and create a safe space for LGBTIQ people, for whom ZVUK is perhaps the only place where they can feel free.