We are proud to welcome the following artists to the wildlands for 2019. Second round announcement will drop in August - stay tuned.
LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (A-Z)
Growing up in Newham, East London, Alfa Mist began his musical journey as a grime and hiphop producer. The self-taught pianist and sometimes rapper soon found himself drawn to the jazz, world music and film soundtracks he discovered through sampling. His sound blends melancholy jazz harmony with alternative hip-hop and soul.
His recently released second album ‘Antiphon’ has pushed him forward in the new jazz scene as one to watch following the warm reception of his first record ‘Nocturne’ which featured the likes of Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei.
Avantdale Bowling Club is the newest project from hot-footed New Zealand MC Tom Scott, whose previous projects have included Homebrew, @peace, Average Rap Band, and more.
Scott’s isn’t a name that you may have come across without a vetted interest in Kiwi hip hop, but back home he commands attention. After listening to his new track Years Gone By, you’ll understand why.
Ausecuma Beats formed as a combination of musicians from Australia, the Senegambia region, Cuba, and Mali... And hence the name Ausecuma, combining the four regions into one word. As a result, Ausecuma Beats as a band stands for unity among diverse peoples, and it shows through their combined influences from Africa, Cuba, and Australia!
With four percussionists, Ausecuma Beats creates a complex rhythm that virtually forces your body to move! And with the highly talented lead singer, guitarist, bass guitarist, and saxophonist, the music is blended into something incredibly danceable yet unmistakably unique at the same time!
Animals Dancing is one of the most trustworthy names in Melbourne when it comes to bookings and legendary sessions of musical indulgence. Take a punt and see what mystery guest they've got lined up for a day on the Murray River this Strawberry Fields.
Bremen’s Bebetta is a playful, colourful and charming personality who likes to inject everything she does with a sense of fun. Her goal is to make people happy away from the troubles of every day life. In order to make this happen, she has years of DJing and music collecting experiences, that she calls upon not only in the usual Club or Festival, Bebetta also puts on her pijamas and streams regularly her famous live-session ‘Bebetta In Bed’ around the world. In this video podcast you can listen to Bebetta’s current favorite tracks and discover pillow fights with other artists like Super Flu while playing ‘bed2bed’. Take a cup of tea, relax and be part of it!
Bob Moses, the Vancouver-bred duo consisting of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, came to life in the Brooklyn underground scene in 2012.
Meshing guitar licks, a moody smolder and a dash of dance-floor ambience with lyrical depth and classic songwriting, the duo created a sound that appeals equally to club goers and rock music fans. Translating their sound seamlessly to the live performance realm, years of nonstop global touring - including appearances at every major festival from Glastonbury and Coachella, to EDC, Lollapalooza and beyond - cemented the duo’s reputation as a must see live act.
“Less chin stroking, more dancing”. CC:DISCO’s t-shirt really says it all. Playing disco, house and boogie cuts with her heart at the controls, CC triggers a joyous feedback loop that infects the dancefloor. There’s no pretention, only pure feeling.
A mainstay of the Melbourne club scene, CC began connecting with audiences just like the heroes before her – through FM radio. Having presented shows since the age of 15, her weekly slot on local institution PBS FM ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ is now celebrated as the essential start to every Friday night. All of this air time has primed her to knock out guest spots on NTS, Red Light Radio, Worldwide and Dublab.
Born in Detroit on April 6, 1963, May met the other founding fathers of techno, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, while he was a teenager studying at Belleville High School. Inspired by European electronic sounds and black American dance music, May, Atkins and Saunderson - the ‘Belleville Three’ - developed a style that was both futuristic and emotional, physical and cerebral. “None of us knew this would be ground-breaking or revolutionary. We had no idea what we did would change the world,” May recalls.
May’s early recordings as Rhythim is Rhythim and Mayday exemplified his vision of creating ‘high-tech soul’ music - ‘Nude Photo’ (with Thomas Barnett), ‘The Dance’, ‘Strings of Life’, ‘It Is What It Is’ and ‘Illusion’ (as R-Tyme) remain iconic three decades later.
DRMNGNOW [aka Neil Morris] is a Yorta Yorta independent artist based in Naarm/Birraranga [Melbourne].
Communicating messages of searing Indigenous empowerment, Morris has a sound [and approach] that makes him one of the most unique artists in the country. Morris takes a striking interdisciplinary approach to his craft as an MC, instrumentalist, poet and songwriter.
Acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks come together to perform a concert of hard hitting and heartfelt soul.
The music has a gritty uniquely Australian sound, a tour de force of funk and soul!
Eris Drew is a DJ, producer and trans ecstatic from the prairies of Illinois, USA. She is a recording artist on Naive Records out of Portugal and conducts the Psychedelic Rites of the Motherbeat at various locations, including Pittsburgh's Hot Mass and TUF in Seattle.
Eris is a long-time resident at Chicago's Smart Bar, plays b2b sets with her partner Octo Octa, and is a DJ for the Bunker NY. She gives talks around the world on rave history and shamanism. In addition, Eris is an advocate for her people and mentors aspiring DJs and electronic musicians.
Gordon Koang hails from the Upper Nile region of what is now South Sudan. Accompanied by his cousin Paul Biel, Gordon performs a blend of traditional Neur rhythms and original compositions in English, Arabic, and his native language, Neur.
Gordon is currently seeking asylum in Melbourne, Australia, where he hopes to reunite with the rest of his family.
Gerd Janson is one of the most highly respected DJs in the world of house and techno. Quite often, “highly respected” goes hand-in-hand with “underrated” but over the past few years, audiences around the world have also found out what insider types already knew: Janson is a DJ that reconfigures the classics you already knew in an unexpected way – and introduce you to new classics, a few months (or years) before you’ll hear them played everywhere else.
n short, Gerd Janson is one of the increasingly worst kept secrets in the world of dance music. A DJ versatile enough to rock just about any dance floor. A DJ who cares about the profession of DJ. A DJ worth hearing.
Interstellar Fugitives was founded upon a mutual love of breaks, jungle and the 90’s rave scene. Named after the Underground Resistance album from 1988, Interstellar Fugitives is a project which pays homage to the past as much as it does the future.
Since DJ Sarah and Georgia Bird joined forces to create Interstellar Fugitives, they’ve made a name for themselves in the competitive Melbourne scene, with appearances at Boney, The Gasometer, Revolver and xe54, and most recently stepping up into the role of residents at Lounge’s Saturday night party; Lucid. Interstellar Fugitives have been billed for large scale events like Pitch Music and Arts Festival, Beyond The Valley and Falls Festival.
For 15 years, every weekend Katie Drover sat comfortably at the controls in one of Melbourne’s thriving clubbing spots with the dancefloor hanging on her every move. Today, after following her heart and ears to the other side of the world, she is DJing, writing music and running the label Dokutoku Records in Berlin. Not bad for a player who spends the other half of her life working as a mathematician.
An international shapeshifting duo, KMLN (pronounced “Kameleon”) unites Italian producer/multi-instrumentalist Christopher Tooker and Canadian dj/producer Shawna Hofmann. May it be a prime time or sunrise set, they adapt and deliver sets that blow your mind and bring your dance skills to the next level. Live instruments, syncopation, organic meets modern, future meets past.
As interplanetary travelers and cultural explorers, the KMLN ship bends time through sound, blending elements of deep tribal house and minimal techno, moving through tempos with layers and layers of mind altering colors.
Kovács’ debut album, The Bells, was released on Studio Barnhus in August 2016. Giving your debut LP the same name as the most influential techno track in history certainly takes balls. But after hearing how the album draws together Kovács’ natural festive musicality and his long-standing love of club rhythmics, then factoring in the juggernaut trajectory that’s taken him from teamaking record store jester to globally acclaimed producer and DJ, you can certainly forgive his confidence.
Described by Thump as a ”dizzying, kaleidoscopic and rhythmically adventurous release” – The Bells featured at 2nd position in Mixmag’s top 50 albums list, no. 5 in DJ Mag’s, and was named one of top 20 electronic albums of 2016 by Pitchfork. Kornél Kovács has now cemented his position as one of the most prominent producers and DJs around.
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First to take the reins of DJ-Kicks in 2019 for the 67th mix, will be ever-evolving UK artist, Leon Vynehall. His 26-track mix moves across genres and tempo, from 79bpm ambient to 169bpm jungle, featuring new material from Vynehall, plus a number of digitally exclusive tracks.
With a sound born in New York, ripened in London and refined in Berlin, Margaret Dygas is an artist whose sound possesses a true international resonance.
With her broad musical background fuelling her desire for electronic experimentation within her music, her productions and dj-sets incorporate the deep and dub-influenced sound she loves, whilst retaining the driving funk of her musical past.
Mark Farina has solidified himself in the world of Dance Music as a trailblazing DJ, Producer, tastemaker and bona fide House Music icon. After 3 decades crisscrossing the globe, he shows no signs of slowing down remaining innovative, humble, and firmly rooted in the underground.
In the 90s, Mark pushed musical boundaries and blended genres to create “Mushroom Jazz”. Eventually, Mark made San Francisco his home as his signature sound created a strong demand for his DJ sets. The Bay Area proved to be a perfect match for Mark’s musical vision and he released a string of major mix compilations including his Mushroom Jazz series.
The sound of Martha van Straaten can be described as the patchwork of a thousand joyful days in the sun. Her fond love for colorful tunes from all over the world is the pure essence of treasures and discoveries she made on her neverending journey.
While travelling she dives deep into the local culture and absorbs all the patterns, habits and sensual sensations of her surroundings and knows to translate it into a multi-ethnic collage of sound.
Merve is a Melbourne based DJ and curator, born and raised in Collingwood, amongst its dynamic street life, gay saunas and punk clubs. Laying her rhythmic roots as a programmer and agent, she has become a key selector in the Melbourne electronic music community.
Driven by a keen fascination with breaking down barriers between audience and performer, Merve explores the boundaries of each space she takes to whilst blurring the dichotomy between light and dark. Behind the decks, she explores house, acid, tribal, techno and everything in between with leftfield oddities sprinkled throughout. Her sounds aspire for a rhythmic exchange that scrambles any axis and connects dancers to a wider vibration, a harder jack, a higher groove.
The concepts of duality (Ying & Yang), spirituality and personal evolution are a constant source of inspiration to Milan’s artistry, as is the influence of her environment. From the sparkling city of Angels to humble Australian outback bedroom beats, her music is a rendezvous between polarities, laced with spiced Caribbean rhythms.
A singer, rapper, guitarist, producer, mix & mastering engineer, Milan directs each and every aspect of the creative process, from the first chord struck on the guitar to the final master. This one-woman powerhouse is perfectly illustrated to us in her live show, stepping out solo, creating loops, dropping beats, triggering samples all whilst effortlessly leading with the guitar and engaging us with her honest & unique vocals.
Mildlife take the musical canvas, rip the lids off the paint tins, and throw vibrant slashes of colour into kaleidoscopic jams. The four-piece bonded over the desire to push musical boundaries on record, and developed a tight live shows bolstered by wild improvisation.
Taking cues from pioneers Can and Herbie Hancock, creating a Mildlife song is a constant process of teasing and tugging, expanding and refining. Bringing the songs alive on stage is a process of transformation, the audience moulding the songs, the songs moulding the audience, Mildlife casting themselves as the cosmic funk house band for a party at the edge of the universe.
Millú weaves a brave lineage between techno, electro and their derivatives, combining contemporary starkness with the industrial palette of bygone cold wave eras. Think smoke machines and bodies moving in the dark and you’re getting close.
An affinity for bass line acidity, 80's synthesizers, esoteric rhythms and haunting vocals inform her sets: dark, chugging journeys; washed with an air of nostalgia. Her sets are eccentric, led by a distinct ability to saunter between genres and tempos, re-contextualising our perceptions of when and where records should be played. Millu’s deep cache of mysterious dancefloor sounds forgoes conventional genre-standards, creating more an atmosphere than any one sonic style.
With a touring schedule ever growing at a rapid pace, Moxie continues to take her unique culmination of expertise to clubs and spaces around the globe – seamlessly fusing anything from classic Chicago house to obscure leftfield breaks, or glittering disco with energetic percussive rollers, entertaining and educating club goers wherever the journey takes her.
The Naples formed, Berlin-based duo Nu Guinea creates sounds that are influenced from the idea of an exotic, far distanced place. Their self-titled debut EP was released in October 2014 on the Italian label Early Sounds Recordings. By combining various music genres that are related to dancefloor music in its purest sense, they create a distinct sound, palpating genre routes floating from obscure disco to world-etno music.
Nu Guinea is a project that arose out of jam sessions, melting synthesizers with instruments, containing a handmade sound that is not aiming for perfection but genuineness. It can be understood as a steadily shaping form, always open for collaborations with other musicians.
It shouldn't be surprising that Brooklyn-based producer Octo Octa (Maya Bouldry-Morrison) had already logged tireless years as a fringe IDM artist and sound designer before her debut EP Let Me See You lasso'd a mighty wave of international house-heads to the dance-floor and helped push underground house label 100% Silk onto everyone's radar in 2011.
Seven records later, which include a misty deep-house slow-burner in the Where Did You Go/Through The Haze 12", Bouldry-Morrison's finely-tuned marriage of exquisite compositional flare, meticulously-sculpted sonics, and primal dance-floor functionality has earned her a Red Bull Music Academy residency in Manhattan, as well as tours across the world including Berlin's Panorama Bar, Robert Johnson, and Barcelona's Sonar Festival.
Myths abound in the north when it comes to techno ground zero, and they refuse to go away. Oliver Huntemann is one of a handful of children of the north who, for what seems like an eternity, add an element of credence to the mythology. He does not, of course, live in a snowy forest or at the edge of the polar oceans.
The sun does, on occasion, shine down on Hamburg. Nevertheless, there is a tendency towards hypothermic reduction in the rigorous efficiency of the Huntemann oeuvre. Images of cold storage warehouses, desolate heavy plant sites and bluish flesh are not entirely misplaced. Shards of German Engineering glimmer in his music, laced with persuasive logic, gruesome Darwinism. What remains: what works.
‘I am O.K.’ reads the name of the new album of the Berlin-based producer, DJ and label owner Oliver Koletzki. The title’s ambiguity is, of course, deliberate: there’s a deeper meaning hidden behind the humorous facade that is Chrisse Kunst’s hand-drawn cover, which depicts an unadorned thirteen-year-old Oliver sporting nerd glasses and a striped jumper: I am Oliver Koletzki, raw and authentic. Because, for his fifth studio album, Oliver Koletzki musically looks towards the unaf- fected freshness of back in the day, and thus, consciously returns to his roots.
Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene.
In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, sighting artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.
Though she might only be in the first chapter of her career, ascendant London DJ Peach has a catalogue of trustworthy cosigns behind her.
She was recently announced as one of the guests for Ben UFO’s blockbuster XOYO residency, playing with Objekt, Call Super and Karen Gwyer. Before that, her dreamy track Silky was released on Intergraded – a new imprint for emerging artists launched by Midland. Ben and Midland are quite handy DJs to file Peach’s evocative style alongside. Like them, she adopts a loose view of genres and categories – sounds bleed into one another, joined only by an ability to impact dancefloors.
Reared among the three cultures of Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., Poranguí was steeped in various traditional forms of music, healing and ceremony since birth.
Drawing from his cross-cultural background and ethnomusicology training at Duke University, Poranguí has over twenty years of international work experience as an artist, musician, educator, filmmaker, consultant and therapist, utilizing the healing properties of sound and movement to foster our individual and collective well being.
When he isn’t trawling the flea markets and records stores of his native Paris, discovering those obscure party hits that never were, Raphaël Top-Secret can be regularly heard rocking some of the best underground parties around the world as far as Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Tokyo or Vancouver.
Not afraid to push the boundaries of club music, as a DJ Raphaël can be heard moving effortlessly between everything, from Boogie, Downtempo, Rap, Reggae, Afro-Caribbean synth bangers, Ambient or Industrial dance to the deepest late 80’s and early 90’s House.
Roza Terenzi’s productions are prime for interstellar communication; sublime mind dance, warehouse bleeps and dawn-ready breaks that will inevitably find union between earth people and other beings.This is even more apt in her immense DJ sets, astutely linking these outer limit genres as one through common sound, tone and rhythmic drive.
Saoirse’s first foray into the field of electronic music came at a very young age, accompanying her mother to free parties and raves in her home country of Ireland. It was at these parties that her young ears began to make sense of the sounds from the likes of Leftfield, Fluke & Orbital and a close allegiance to electronic music was forged.
As a DJ, Saoirse is confidently in control of her sound. A sound that is the product of an already long and varied musical journey. Expect dub, ambient, house, jazz, electro, garage, techno and some surprises, alongside a unpredictable and cheeky mixing style coupled with palpable passion and creativity.
The late James Brown aside, you won’t find anyone with a more visceral connection with soul than Session Victim in the midst of a DJ set. Their live set pitches the energy levels up even further, the frenzied head banging of two friends jamming like their lives depend on it, now a signature scene.
With their record collections spanning several decades of hip hop, funk and soul as well as frequently vinyl-only house and techno selections, it’s their passion for uncovering dusty vinyl treasures and the soul that can be captured on a miniature moment in wax that inspires both their DJ sets and production environment.
Placed firmly at the epicentre of Bristol's currently buoyant house music scene, Shanti Celeste has already proved her salt as a multi-talented artist over the course of the last twelve months. From her work as a producer, DJ, vocalist, label-owner and promoter, what's strikingly clear from all of it is a connoisseur's taste in house, disco, techno and electro that belies her young age.
Be it on the toughened up NY garage-inflections of her debut on her own BRSTL imprint (which she co-runs with Rhythmic Theory and Idle Hands boss, Chris Farrell), the hazed-out vocal house of her 12" on Idle Hands, or the mix of melodically rich techno, electro and house on her EP for Julio Bashmore's Broadwalk imprint, what's apparent on all of them is Shanti's passion for club tracks that not only make you dance, but have the power to unify a room.
Simo Cell is a French rising talent from originary from Nantes. Now Paris-based, this producer differentiates himself by his singular style that melt Uk codes to a wider electronic music background.
His two first Eps on Dnuos Yvitil and Fragil Musique illustrate clearly an affiliation to the Bristol scene but put on the table other inputs acquired after several years playing and travelling worldwide. As a DJ, he officiates on very original and adaptative repertoire. Listening to a Simo Cell's set is always unpredictable and full of discovery.
Known for injecting an overall ethnic, acoustic and organic vibe to electronic music, these four friends pocketed releases for Kindisch, Laut & Luise, Delicieuse, Bedrock and their own label ‘Moodfamily’ in Ghent. Their intimate live set and unique dj sets were quickly picked up, sending them on regular trips abroad. Only to return home for some fifa and their weekly show on Belgian National alternative radio ‘Studio Brussel’ where they display an uncanny ability to combine the old with the new and the East with the West.
Stavroz manage to create a wholesome, comforting soundtrack for a place, which no words can describe. Take a rest, lay down, close your eyes and listen to a story told in an orchestral fashion, with such profession and ear for details. Stavroz is something different.
A trained jazz vocalist and keystone artist in her hometown whose live reputation precedes her via her work fronting local jazz/hip-hop collective Astro Travellers, Tiana's unique sound has seen her support Jamaican-American "TrapHouseJazz" sensation Masego, Swedish soul artist Fatima, acclaimed Australian collective 30/70, labelmate Laneous and more.
It now seems a long time since DJ and producer Marco Sterk AKA Young Marco was one of the Amsterdam underground’s best-kept secrets.
In 2018 alone he’s spent more time in the air than he has on the ground, criss- crossing the globe to perform lauded DJ sets of genre-defying eclecticism, working the dancefloor with both unexpected twists and “unclassics” from a dizzying array of similarly-minded styles. One night, you might hear tropical rhythms, Afro gems and Middle Eastern disco obscurities; on another, it may be thrusting techno, skewed synth-funk or industrial strength jack-tracks.
Wata Igarashi has quickly emerged as one of Japan’s leading DJs and producers. He has been exploring the deeper side of techno through well-received EPs on Midgar, The Bunker NY, and DJ Nobu’s Bitta label, as well as standout tracks on compilations on Semantica and Time to Express.
By day, Igarashi works as a sound producer and the skills he has developed through his work are reflected in his productions, which are distinguished by their subtle and carefully polished feel. Igarashi pursues a similar sound in his DJ sets, developing a distinctive take on the more trippy and psychedelic brand of techno Japan has become known for.
Soundtracking the cosmic verandah of Howard Arkley’s suburban weatherboard paradise, Wax’o Paradiso’s splendid krautback discoteque consists of magic possums Andy Hart, Edd Fisher and Simon TK
Dubbed the Dimboola triangle of lost groove, Wax’o has popped up in floating rooftop gardens, luscious convents, shipping containers, train yards, supernatural amphitheatres and smack bang under the Sydney Harbour bridge. United by a penchant for kitsch Australian psychedelia, and a firm belief that Pavlova is indeed the Queen of the dessert, the Wax’o Paradiso family is hell bent on getting you hell bent.