Susanne Alt
Susanne Alt

Susanne Alt (dj/saxophonist)


Susanne Alt is a saxophonist, composer, DJ, and producer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 
As a saxophone player deeply rooted in jazz, funk and soul, Alt is embracing the multiple musical possibilities of a dj/producer, stretching out into electronic music, especially everything that's soulful, funky and deep. She performs solo as a dj or together with the dj live collective Venus Tunes Live and recently also rediscovered her first love: jazz. Her latest album is "Royalty for Real" (release date: February 2024).
Born in 1978 in Würzburg, Germany, to a musical parental home, she studied classical saxophone at the Meistersinger-Konservatorium Nuremberg (1993-1996) and won the Siemens Prize for young talent (1996). At 18, Alt moved to the Netherlands for jazz saxophone studies at the Hilversum and later Amsterdam conservatories (1996-2000). She continued her studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin (2000-2003), graduating with honors.
Since 1999, Alt has performed as a saxophonist in various settings. She has her own jazz quartet but also performs as one of the first musicians live with DJs in the Amsterdam nightlife. In 2004, she debuted as a producer with "Nocturne" on her own label, Venus Tunes, followed by several more albums.
In 2015, Alt was asked by a booker if she's also dj'ing and as a joke she said "yes". To her dismay she discovered that this answer had consequences, she just got her first booking as a dj! Quickly she had to catch up and prepare a set. 
One thing lead to another, her soulful deep and funky sound immediately got picked up within the Amsterdam nightlife. Performing live sets as a unique saxophonist-dj lead to an expansion of Alt's career and also her dj-only sets (without sax) are in high demand.  Alt's experience in dance music inspired the creation of "Venus Tunes Live," an all-female live act with musicians who are also DJs. From 2016 on, Alt focused more on dj'ing and releasing on her label. Since then she has been providing a monthly guest mix on radio Freak31. 
Besides her own projects, she is a sought-after guest and session musician, collaborating with artists such as Fred Wesley, DJ Spinna, Opolopo, Johan S, Hardsoul,
DJ Maestro, Wicked Jazz Sounds and many more.

Also check out Venus Tunes Sessions, my monthly guest mix I am doing for Freak31. In addition to Mixcloud and Hearthis, all mixes are also available as podcasts on Deezer and iTunes.

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