“I educate when I have the capacity to. But I also know that my body is already politicized, so I know I'm already either provoking or educating somebody just by existing. And it's not my choice.”
Throughout the last decade, Lotic has carved out a space of her own in Berlin’s nightlife. After relocating from Texas in the early 2010s, she became affiliated with the Janus Collective, notorious in the capital for their pop-leaning club aesthetics that challenged the purist sounds of the local techno scene. Acclaimed EPs like Heterocetera and Agitations and remix commissions for none other than Björk followed before Lotic released her debut album Power in 2018. While her club music career was taking off, she broadened her artistic scope to soundtracking fashion collections, dance ensembles, solidifying her position in the contemporary avant garde. Exploring themes of fluidity, love, loss, and embracing impermanence, her sophomore album Water arrives this week via Houndstooth. Lotic spoke on the Telekom Electronic Beats about her journey so far, the complex symbolism of Water for Black Americans, her thoughts on being categorized as a “political artist,” and much more.