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Soy & Synth 2023


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Kim D. Vu, a Viet-Polish musician based in Berlin. Trained in classical music and guitar, Kim's passion for exploring unconventional sounds led her from Euro-centric music education to subcultures like hardcore punk and metal.

Beyond playing music, Kim is one of the founding members of the Decolonoize Collective. The collective advocates for marginalized voices, challenging systemic issues within the music industry, all while aiming to transform the environment into a more inclusive scene and surroundings.

As Kim's musical interests always expanded, her journey transitioned into engaged collaborations with producers and artists from various fields, resulting in several gigs as a session musician in projects of different genres.


Eiliyas is a Macon born, Atlanta bred, Berlin-based sound artist working with music, creative writing and conceptual art. He also is host and curator of Mixtape Menage, a platform for becoming familiar with creators and cultural facilitators of the world through sound and music.



Emma Lo

Emma Lo (she/her) is a writer, researcher, and artist based in Berlin. She is currently a doctoral researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin, as a part of the project “Acoustic Disruptions” led by Prof. Dr. Doris Kolesch in affiliation with Intervening Arts Research Center (SFB 1512) and the Department of Performance Studies (Institut für Theaterwissenschaft). Her research and practice focus on the intersections of sound, technology, and diaspora.


Debbie Chia

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Originally from Singapore now based in Berlin, Debbie is a DJ and co-owner of the Midnight Shift label. She engages with electronic music at the intersection of braindance and soulhealing, from ambient sets at Berghain and Sulawesi to underground club sets in Kuala Lumpur and Taipei, rooted in house music and all its shades from 80s dubs to wonky acid, jack to psychedelic. She was also an artist at the previous Soy & Synth 2022.



Pedro Oliveira

Pedro Oliveira is a researcher and sound artist whose work is committed to an anti-colonial study of listening and its intersections with violence at the European border. He has exhibited and performed work at the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Send/Receive Festival, CTM Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Fondazione Merz, Festival Novas Freqûencias, Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Max-Planck Institute, among others. Since 2022 he is a co-curator of Soy&Synth together with Soydivision Berlin. He holds a PhD from the Universität der Künste Berlin.

Ariel William Orah

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Ariel William Orah is a Berlin-based Indonesian artist, community catalysator, and cultural practitioner.He was born in Bandung, Indonesia and has been living and working in Berlin, Germany for the past 11 years. His main practices focus on diasporic socially engaged art creation and his research interests include social and climate injustice, as well as the trilogy of identity, memory, and scarcity.

Orah’s main artistic medium is performance and sound art.Selected works in performing arts includes GAUNG (Ballhaus Naunynstrasse,2021,2022), ARYATI (supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds,Uferstudios, 2022), KIAMAT (supported by Musikfonds e.V.,2022), SCAR-CITY (Ballhaus Naunynstraße,2023), TANA SADJI (Hamburger Bahnhof Gallery, 2022). Orah has released numerous solo albums and performed  under the pseudonym ravenative and is actively involved in various bands and music constellations such as grau&, soydivision ensemble, böseblick ensemble, RANGKĄ,and OKNUM.

For the last six years, Orah’s work centered on a collaborative platform and artist group soydivsion, which he founded in 2017. He also co-founded and actively involved in Mutating Kinship Lab (Lab for Asian Diaspora Artist-led) and L-KW (empathy driven sonic syndicate).In addition to his work as an artist, he is also active as a curator and artistic researcher, especially in the field of performing art and sound.

Ghaliz Filkhair Haris

Ghaliz Filkhair Haris is a berlin based Indonesian artist, who mainly works with sound. He is one of the main producers of CTM Music Festival since 2019 and also curates events and festivals in Germany and Indonesia.In addition to his artistic work, Ghaliz also excels as a technical director and coordinator.

Morgan Sully

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Morgan is an organizer and experimental electronic musician who draws creative strength from the vast diasporas of his fellow southeast Asian kin.

His recent sonic homings invoke the musics learned on his journey from his matrilineal roots in Borneo and Southeast Asia, across the Pacific and Southern California, to the creative refuge of Berlin.

While not overtly political, much of Morgan’s work seeks overlaps between musical diasporas to celebrate and support each other.  Morgan also co-manages label operations for L-KW, co-curates Soy&Synth and is a regular Soydivision contributor, performer and supporter.

Morgan is also initiator and co-curator for Latent Sonorities, a project in collaboration with Morphine Raum and Berlin’s Haus der Indonesischen Kulturen to develop an open source sample pack, tuning files and historical guide to their Javanese gamelan instrument collection.

Its public release will be accompanied by a concert series, album and guide for other artists and researchers working with sonic archives. 


Instagram: @memeshift

Website: https://www.memeshift.com

Website: https://latentsonorities.org

Kavan Spruyt

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Kavan's extensive portfolio stands as a cornerstone in shaping some of Singapore's most celebrated bars and clubs, including Fat Cow, La Maison, Kinki Restaurant, The Vault, and Kyo. His professional catalog spans two decades of experience in the nightlife / music sectors that include Berlin.

His proficiency covers diverse domains - marketing, branding, public relations, and music curation. Kavan co-led the acclaimed International Music Summit Asia-Pacific in 2014 and 2015 and as a co-founder of Midnight Shift, a 14-year-old record label and events entity, he manages marketing, A&R, distribution, production, and operations.

Adding to his repertoire, Kavan's role as a booking agent and production manager at the storied Berghain in Berlin has seen him managing artists such as Barker, Etapp Kyle, Fiedel and JakoJako, also handling production matters for festival and club headliners. Passionate about Southeast Asian talents, he promotes them worldwide through the Berlin-based collective Soy Division. Kavan's multifaceted journey merges global experience with a dedicated focus on regional artistry.