With many years’ experience as DJ, Maria Barfod has been around the world. But how does such a passion begin, and how do you sustain it? We have caught up with the sought-after DJ and asked her about her life and passion for music.
How and when did your passion for music start?
I used to be a professional dancer but after being diagnosed with chronic shinsplints, I had to choose a different path. First, I entered the fashion industry, which I started working in at the age of 14 part time. But I missed the stage and the beat - so one day the opportunity to DJ came up, and I got hooked. And so it evolved.
When did you buy your first album with your own money?
Oh, I remember, clearly. It was in 1990. I got an old record player from my mom. My uncle had for some years been giving me records for birthdays and Christmases, even though it was never on my wish list, introducing me to the R’n’B scene such as Donna Summer and Whitney Houston - but my first record, and this is not one of my proudest moments - SNAP "World Power". Now that I say it out loud, I wish it was a more sophisticated choice.
How and when did you realise that you were good at being a DJ?
I never have and never think I will. Working in a creative field, nothing is ever for sure. I know I am good today, but maybe tomorrow I will have a soft day and feel I can’t do anything. I normally say that in the process of working creatively, you have one day with an idea and a “this is going to be good”. Then you start up and at some point it all goes down. I get insecure and frustrated. Think I am worth noting and think “do I event know anything about anything?”, and then on day four I’ll feel and think like I am Kanye West, like nothing can stop me and that I for sure am the best in the world.
Where do you find new music and inspiration?
Movies and television shows - nothing better that when there is a good sounddesigner on a show. Also art. If you look at my Instagram, most of the people I follow is artists in different industries, and a lot of painters. Somehow painting and music go well hand in hand. Visiting a random places like a café or a store outside of Denmark. And then there is the app Shazam, which is priceless to me.
How do you relate to your passion and business during the current COVID-19 ciris?
The first week I was at a loss for ideas, but the energy and creativity is slowly returning again. I'm trying to just be in it, just as I was when I was giving birth to my son. I retracted into myself, and let what was happening happen. The world is trying to tell us something, and I am listening.
Is there anything else that you’re also passionate about at the moment?
Living life. Seriously. I just turned 40 and I guess this had me stop for a moment and think and reflect. I try to do what I love, live in the NOW - and no, I have not read the Echart Trolle book, I fall asleep every time. But the last couple of years I’ve tried to be more present and it is beautiful in many ways. I can get all high in the present. I am not “saved” by all the yoga I do, but I do appreciate all that I have more. And then I like to party, and I do it as often as I can. In that way my job is glorious. I get paid to be on the dance floor.
Passion; also known as dedication, as hunger, it is the desire to destroy oneself for one’s art. To tear down, move, or start over in order to rebuild and expand. The feeling of not being able to let go. It is a human condition that most are bound by.
Even though we are JUST human, JUST women, JUST female, we all have that drive that makes us ‘more than’. It is what makes us-, our stories-, and our creations unique. From a job, to a child, to a hobby gone wild, we, and you, are more than JUST female. We have gathered some of the most inspiring Danish women that we know for a talk about passion, creativity, and the balance between worklife and homelife.
Let their inspiring stories, trials and errors be a reminder that we all can struggle, we can fail, but something will always have us return to that same place of passion. And maybe the point is not necessarily to succeed, but to have given it your all, and grown in the process.