DJ Ana Sia returns to Vail with her bass-heavy dance music |

DJ Ana Sia returns to Vail with her bass-heavy dance music

Caramie Schnell
Special to the DailyAna Sia said that the increasing popularity of electronic music in Colorado is due in part to "the amazing venues" the state has to offer, as well as the fans.

It’s no coincidence that DJ Ana Sia finds her way to Colorado every winter like a westerly wind. The San Francisco-based music producer, considered a pioneer in the West Coast electronic-music scene, has been snowboarding for a few years now and loves to get out and ride. She was in Telluride earlier this week, where she played a show and then spent a few days playing on the snow.

“I come (to Colorado) at least three times a year. I love it,” Ana Sia said during a phone interview earlier this week. “Everybody is so warm, and the crowds are really excited. I love the landscape; the air is good. I feel very welcomed here and super taken care of by the people.”

On Wednesday she performed at the Denver Big Air event in Denver’s Civic Center Park and late night at the after-party held at the Bluebird. Tonight she returns to Samana Lounge on Bridge Street, one of the smaller venues on her Colorado tour.

“Ana totally blew away the crowd last year at Samana and has since played to a sold-out crowd at Red Rocks as well as headlined last summer’s Campout for the Cause,” said Scotty Stoughton, the talent buyer for Samana Lounge in Vail. “Her onstage energy and moves behind the decks take her already dance-infected crowds to the next level. She is one of our favorite artists to host.”

Though Ana Sia is one of the few female DJs out there, she doesn’t like to focus on that fact.

“I don’t feel pressure or animosity. I don’t feel anything different,” she said. “I hope that I inspire humans in general. I’m not focusing on this gender bias. If anything, I want to dissolve the lines between males (and) females, and I hope everyone just recongizes me as human.”

She calls her music “bass-influenced dance music.”

“It fluctuates around a lot of different genres. … There’s a lot of interesting textures to experience when you come to a set of mine,” she said.

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