Hugo Jay is the moniker of Oliver Johnston, a producer and DJ based in Auckland, New Zealand. His releases on labels such as Coastal Haze, Hokkaido Dance Club & Lobster Theremin (as half of DJ Kush Boogie) portray an atmospheric, percussive, and shadowy side of dance music.
With the inception of Hard ‘n Fast Joints in 2018, Clay Louis, alongside Leo CW formed the collective Eleventh Realm, focusing on bringing the heavier side of dance music to Tāmaki Makaurau. The pair went on to create Ultra Sound as their mainstay and most successful party series in Whammy Bar, transforming the space into an immersive dance experience through minimal lighting, industrial scrap-metal installations, and carefully selected line ups. Recently he has claimed a fortnightly Sunday show on Mouthfull radio ‘Terra Incognita’ which serves as an outlet for ambient, downtempo, and abstract finds more suited for at-home listening. At the club, Clay Louis’ sets are high energy, spanning a unique array of driving techno, trance, breaks, and experimental club that can be heard reflected in his own productions - With an existing cache of self released productions, his forthcoming material showcases a range of influences tied together with a deep understanding of rhythm. Clay Louis' most recent release, 'Visions Of A Friend', for Teethclippers' 'Don't Bite Your Tongue' compilation, is featured in his mix for Related Articles.
Tāmaki-based DJ ngaru embraces sonic exploration in his sets. Unconstrained by genre and fluid in form. He navigates a vast field of energies and seemingly polarising emotional states, focusing on the contours of musical feeling. Melding restless percussion, glittery ambience and haunting vocal cuts, ngaru invites the listener into the space in between. He aims to create something unique while remaining grounded in a sometimes odd familiarity
Kédu, otherwise known as Jess Penson, is an undeniably pivotal artist currently based in Tamaki Makaurau. Kédu has explored many different facets of her musicality throughout the years, starting off in Rnb girl group Techniclr and later finding her way into electronic music as one half of producer, DJ, and live electronic performance duo Kédu Carlö. Influenced by her eclectic taste, Kédu’s sound draws on genres such as Jazz and RnB as well as her love for Chicago/acid house, Left-field, Jersey Club and Breaks.
With the release of ‘Finally’ in 2016 Peach Milk began as a live act with a focus on immersive, ethereal dance music. After a string of live hardware shows played throughout New Zealand, the focus of the project has shifted more towards producing and DJing. Her Dj sets display broad influences, ranging from the dreamy and relaxed areas of House music to driving, percussive Techno and everything in between. Peach Milk is a project that continues to shift and transcend labels or mediums
Born in Te Tai Tokerau but brought up in mainland China, Dylan Biscuit has found sounds that influence him from all spectrums of his surroundings.
Living in Tamaki Makaurau for the last 5 years, Dylan has been heavily involved with the underground scene through labels such as The Grow Room and Heat Rockers Records. During this time Dylan has seen people connect with all different genres of music through very different mediums, these experiences are translated through his sets where he blends all of this collective knowledge and deliver’s dancers with a familiar feeling translated through a new sound.
Native Bush (Ngāti Pikiao/Ngā Puhi) refuses to be perceived within linear bounds >>> instead see them as a creator drawing inspiration from the meetings of past, present and future. Through many facets and art forms they transcend bounds and binaries, rousing and familiarising the space between known and unknown.
Their collective work with Blood Mothers and SYSTEM OF A BROWN initiated and nurtured their trajectory of meditative revolt. As SYSTEM OF A BROWN they create space ; REFORM@ >>> a self-autonomous manifestation of contemporary club and oceanic expression.
DJ Gutta is a young kiwi DJ and music fanatic, he was born in Wellington and is now based in central Auckland.
Through internet trawling, record store excavation, endless listening and mind altered clubbing escapades, DJ Gutta finds himself magnetised to heavy dance music styles, he likes to play them loud and sometimes craft his own. He is part of the force behind AKL club nights Hard ‘n’ Fast Joints, Ultra Sound and States of Mind, and shares records on his weekly radio show; or wherever weird, funky sounds are welcomed.
King Softy is the alias of Amos Turner a New Zealand born, Berlin-based artist and graphic designer. A passion for music formed the backbone of many of Amos’ creative projects which culminate as INDEX:Records, a record label Amos co-founded in 2017. As King Softy, Amos creates diverse sounds in the sphere of contemporary electronic music, moving swiftly between genres usually designed for larger sound systems, and supporting their emerging music community
Baby Zionov is a Tāmaki Makaurau-based DJ and musician mashing together influences from the sugariest, sunniest, and most effervescent corners of the dance music world. In this mix, she digs deep into the source of her love for electronic music, playing exclusively music from video games.