Steven Braines and Sophia Kearney of The Weird & The Wonderful are perhaps one of the most admirable success stories in the music industry. As well as running a globally established artist management company with a roster that includes Maya Jane Coles, KDA and DJ Deeon, over the past year, they’ve put new ideas into practice exceptionally fast with a party that’s already gaining momentum in some of the world’s most important clubbing cities.
New York has always been culturally diverse, and with one of the biggest LGBTQIA+ communities in the USA, there were movements way before the 1980s, when voguing was in fashion and crossed into the mainstream. Queer storylines were breaking onto Broadway in the 1920s, and there’s Manhattan’s iconic gay club Stonewall Inn, where the legendary protests took place after police raids in ’69. One of the most proliﬁc NYC parties in the mid ’80s/early ’90s was Limelight.
“A lot of people want to experiment, but don’t feel that they have the green light to,” Braines says. “Most people want to do things, but they’re worried about social embarrassment. So if you give them a place of unconditional positive regard, where they can go and be themselves in a non-judgemental, non-prejudiced way, they can experiment, because there’s no backlash to come from it. So they can be extreme. You can wear something and decide it wasn’t for you that week or the next week, or make a mistake, and that’s ﬁ ne.
“This kind of night is exactly what the dance/electronic community has needed for a long time”
One of the most integral artists to the family is Maya Jane Coles. “It’s been fantastic being a resident at what I feel is one of the most important and exciting new nights in the current club world,” Maya says. “Watching He.She.They grow so rapidly in such a short space of time, and seeing the effort put in by the team, has been inspiring. This kind of night is exactly what the dance/ electronic community has needed for a long time.
Eli & Fur will release Maya Jane Coles' remix of their new single ‘Coming Back’ this Friday 8th March via their own NYX Music imprint.
The vocal-led house cut is the duo’s first new music of 2019, following last year’s mesmerising Anjunadeep single, ‘Night Blooming Jasmine’. A rolling deep house track, it finds the pair on lyrically introspective form while sprawling synth melodies and a steady groove keep things dancefloor focussed.
Arcadia has announced the full line-up for this year's London weekender.
Saturday's line-up focuses on house, techno and tech-house with a bill that includes Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Sasha, Pan-Pot, Maya Jane Coles, Alan Fitzpatrick, Dave Clarke, Dense & Pika, Melé and more.
On the second day of the two-day event, the focus shifts to bass music, as DJ EZ, Sub Focus, Flava D, Dimension, Lady Leshurr and Lethal Bizzle all play. D&B is also well represented by Ed Rush & Optical, Fabio & Grooverider and The Prototypes amongst others.
Wax Wings has had quite the year. Having closed off 2017 with the dark and anthemic ‘Gravedance’ EP, the Brazilian-British DJ/producer – real name Joseph Icaro – has continued to propel forward in 2018, hitting a number of incredible landmarks on the way.
Ministry of Sound has revealed the line-up for He.She.They, a new party that puts its focus on inclusivity and individuality.
The event, run in partnership with fellow London promoters LWE, aims to tackle prejudices and issues that still exist in the club music world today by providing an atmosphere that champions diversity in terms of race, gender, sexuality, religion and social background.
The return of Brunch in the City after last year's sellout season takes place 11th March to 10th June 2018 in Barcelona, with Maya Jane Coles, Robert Hood, and many more international and local artists confirmed.
Included in the line-up so far is Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers, Move D, Steffi, Apparat, Mr. G, Omar-S, Shanti Celeste and Lone.
50. Ellen Allien ‘Nost’
49. Bjørn Torske & Prins Thomas ‘Square One’
DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards took place tonight (Thursday 14th December), our annual celebration of the UK underground.
The event took place at EGG LDN, powered by Relentless Energy Drink.
Birmingham selector Hannah Wants took home the coveted Best DJ award, with fast-rising Derry-born newcomer Or:la taking Best Breakthrough DJ.
Elsewhere, Maya Jane Coles won Best Producer off the back of her album, ‘Take Flight’, the inimitable DJ Harvey won Best Resident DJ and tech-house enigma Mr. G took Best Live Act.
DGTL Amsterdam has announced the artists set to provide the vibes at the NDSM Docklands over Easter weekend 2018. Jeff Mills, Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Honey Dijon and Recondite are among those on the line-up.
Dax J, DVS1, Maya Jane Coles, Hot Since 82, Laurent Garnier, Floating Points, Maceo Plex, Tale of Us, Âme II Âme, Amelie Lens, CC: Disco! and Damian Lazarus are also stand-outs among the 70+ artists set to perform 30th March through 1st April 2018.
Maya Jane Coles is set to release an all-new club mix of ‘Darkside’, the third track to be taken from the UK independent artist’s highly-praised new double LP, ‘Take Flight'.
Deemed by DJ Mag earlier this year as her "landmark album", the club mix of ‘Darkside’ sees Maya add her own dancefloor-ready twist to the melancholic original that features London folk-electronica artist and regular collaborator, Chelou.