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Esta Polyesta Ecstatic Dance

Esta Polyesta

Esta Polyesta, a DJ from Amsterdam, is known for mixing Global Beats and Ethno House music. Her passion lies in blending electronic beats with cultural sounds, creating a vibe that gets everyone dancing. Described as smooth and feminine, she brings joy to every dance floor she touches. Since 2005, she’s performed at numerous festivals, parties, and clubs, wowing audiences with her diverse sets.

She’s a pioneer in mixing ethnic and organic house music, aiming to showcase world music in the electronic scene by incorporating cultural and acoustic sounds into her performances. Alongside DJing, DJ Polyesta also produces music, collaborating with DJ Mashti to create remixes and original tracks that have gained millions of listens on platforms like Spotify.

Everyone would like to know about her journey. We have the opportunity to speak with her about what inspired her to embark on this journey and how everything is progressing.

 

What is Ecstatic dance?

Ecstatic dance is a way of moving your body to lively music that can help you heal. It’s like having a spontaneous dance party where anyone can join, no matter how good they are at dancing. There’s no need to worry about what others might think or say.

You just let yourself go with the music, moving however feels right. This dance can help you feel more connected to yourself and others, releasing stuck feelings and creating unity.

It’s like a spiritual practice that lets you express yourself and feel supported by others in a safe space. Movement helps you be true to yourself and find a deeper connection with something greater, bringing people together no matter who they are or where they come from.

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Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into music

I’m a DJ who loves to mix different types of music from all over the world, including African, Asian, and Latin rhythms with electronic beats. My sets are known for being energetic, getting people up, and dancing wherever I play.

I’m passionate about using music to unite people, so I travel to different countries to perform at events where everyone can let loose and have a good time. Alongside my music partner, Mashti, we’ve had the opportunity to remix tracks for some big-name artists and release music on major labels.

But it’s not just about performing for me; I also love organizing dance events here in the Netherlands, aiming to create a real sense of community and happiness through the power of dance. I truly believe that dancing is something special; it has the power to connect people from all walks of life.

Could you share some memorable experiences from your performances at festivals and clubs worldwide?

Throughout my career as an international DJ, I’ve been lucky to play at many unique festivals and venues that have stuck with me. Some highlights include performing at festivals like the Fusion Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, and Sfinks in Belgium.

I’ve also had the chance to DJ at famous clubs like Paradiso, Melkweg, and Tropen Theater in Amsterdam and many other spots worldwide, such as Portugal, Spain, the UK, India, Thailand, and Morocco. These experiences have not only allowed me to share my love for music with all kinds of people but also taught me a lot about different music cultures and traditions.

 

How has your love for electronic music influenced how you blend beats with music from various cultures?

My passion for electronic music has significantly shaped my approach to blending beats with music from diverse cultures. I thoroughly enjoy merging electronic beats with ethnic music to craft a funky, feel-good mix that transcends traditional boundaries.

This fusion allows me to create a unique sonic experience that celebrates the richness of different musical traditions while infusing them with the energy and vibrancy of electronic music.

 

How does dancing help you bring together different cultures and people through your music?

Dancing brings people from different backgrounds together using my music. I pick songs that make us feel connected and share memories. This creates a vibe where people can connect with themselves and each other on the dance floor. I help people feel united and understood through dance, which everyone understands. I create a friendly place where everyone, no matter who they are, can join in and celebrate being human.

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How do you combine traditional, global, and acoustic sounds with electronic beats?

Combining different types of music—like old-fashioned, worldwide, and acoustic tunes—with electronic beats is a careful job. I pick out and try out different bits of music and sounds, like recordings of instruments and voices from all over the world.

Then, I blend them smoothly into my music sets to create rhythmic beats and catchy melodies that people everywhere can enjoy. This mix of old and new sounds lets me create lively and absorbing music shows that bring together different cultures and celebrate the variety of music around the world.

 

How can people who want to learn become involved in conscious and Ecstatic Dance?

I teach DJing both in person and online through Zoom. I also have small group classes. I can assist you whether you’re just starting out or already skilled.

For beginners, I’ll give you everything you need to begin. For experienced DJs, I love sharing my insights into music storytelling, analyzing sets, and showing creative transition techniques. If you’re interested in my music, you can listen to my Ecstatic Dance sets, which offer a fantastic opportunity to both learn and enjoy

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How Can People Connect with You?

Connecting with me is super easy, Follow me on social media: Instagram, Facebook, and on my official website to keep up with my latest sets, upcoming shows, and behind-the-scenes glimpses. Whether you’re listening to my playlists on Spotify or exploring my diverse music on SoundCloud, there’s always something fresh to find. Let’s create a community bonded by the universal language of music.

 

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