The words "Panorama Bar" get the same response. She's more than happy to talk about the initial hook-up that led to a beloved residency at the famed club. It was thanks in no small part to the long-standing DJ nd_baumecker, who extended an invitation to Steffi to audition a mix for the club's bosses. Although she felt the recording didn't hit home with them instantly, the club offered her a spot, leading to—after repeat return invitations—a quarterly, and then monthly, residency.
The less often discussed, but no less important, facet of the Steffi story is the Klakson label, which she runs in collaboration with Dutch producer Dexter. Housing the likes of Art Bleek, Fastgraph, Duplex and Putsch '79 since its inception back in 2000, the imprint has become synonymous with a sort of free-spirited eclecticism that takes its roots in Steffi's thoughtful, and broad-ranging sets.
In conversation, Steffi's relief at "the return of more authentic house music" is palpable. After all, DJs such as her may very well feel like cats that got the cream right now. A resurgent house scene has cast a fresh light on those selectors (Sneak, Theo Parrish, Pépé Bradock) who stuck to their guns and their sound during a decade which was most notable for its initially electro—and later reductionist—influences. So did Steffi ever become the victim of an enforced trend during those times? "No. I never did it. Never ever."