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A frank chat about the music industry with Debora, Donna and Ece from the Winds & Skins DJ collective.

12.02.19

Digging deep with Winds & Skins

Words by Oli Warwick (Crack Magazine)
Photos by @brynley.davies

Photo Credit: Brynley Davies Photo Credit: Brynley Davies

Through a shared love of music and record hunting that borders on evangelical, Debora, Donna and Ece formed the Winds & Skins DJ collective to help celebrate the celestial sounds in their collections. Ahead of their appearance on the Worldwide FM stage at GALA, we spent some time soaking up deep cover cuts and talking DJing with two of these souls dedicated to the art of digging.

Donna Leake and Ece Duzgit are laughing hysterically. The photographer is trying to get a portrait shot of the two of them, and they’re desperately trying to find a usable photo of Debora Ipekel they can hold up on a laptop screen so all three members of Winds & Skins are represented. They settle on a shot of Ipekel with P-funk legend George Clinton.

“Could we put in the story that Debora was busy tonight hanging with George Clinton?” asks Donna. Her and Ece are a little unnerved by the posed photo scenario, but they’re also quick to find humour in the situation, and it seems to represent the dynamic the three DJs share as Winds & Skins.

Digging deep with Winds & Skins

“It was a Sunday at Love Vinyl,” Ece recalls. “This girl came in and started digging. One hour, two hours, three hours, four hours. I remember this moment she had the headphones of the listening deck and she was reaching for a box as far as the lead would stretch. She was digging in that box, coming up, changing the tune.”

“I finally made some selections and took them to the counter,” says Donna, turning to Ece, “and you said something like, ‘I’ve never seen someone come here and dig this section for so long. You didn’t even go to the new section yet.’”

I was like, fist bump. We had a bro moment!”
Ece

“It was a Sunday at Love Vinyl,” Ece recalls. “This girl came in and started digging. One hour, two hours, three hours, four hours. I remember this moment she had the headphones of the listening deck and she was reaching for a box as far as the lead would stretch. She was digging in that box, coming up, changing the tune.”

“I finally made some selections and took them to the counter,” says Donna, turning to Ece, “and you said something like, ‘I’ve never seen someone come here and dig this section for so long. You didn’t even go to the new section yet.’”

Digging deep with Winds & Skins
Digging deep with Winds & Skins
Digging deep with Winds & Skins
Digging deep with Winds & Skins
Digging deep with Winds & Skins
Digging deep with Winds & Skins

“Fusion confusion!” they both laugh. It’s the kind of instinctive in-joke that illustrates just why these dedicated music fiends gel so well as a collective. Their herculean efforts in music sourcing and overwhelming passion for sharing their discoveries is accented by their infectious energy – the sound of friends jamming on the best digs they can find, and drawing anyone in earshot into their wondrous world of sound.

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