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Poll 2023: Mariana BO
Mariana Bo

From: Mexico City

DJ style: “EDM/hyper techno.”

Best known for: “My collaboration with Timmy Trumpet, ‘Vivaldi’.”

Classically trained violinist, DJ and producer Mariana BO has veered further into techno territory this year without abandoning her roots in EDM, hard dance and psy-trance. Still riding high off playing violin on ‘Vivaldi’ live at Tomorrowland 2022 alongside Timmy Trumpet — and this year pulling off a thumping set at the same EDM mecca — Mariana appears to be further nailing her stake as a high energy performer. Her February collaboration with Bonka, ‘Hello Techno’, was a restless ode to techno’s vigorous pulse, while her reworking of the Rednex classic ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’ with LNY TNZ saw a return to hardstyle.

The Mexican artist’s latest single, ‘Cantus’, has hinted at what’s next, featuring a welding of spooky plainchant and techno. Elsewhere, Mariana has worked on endorsements with brands including Pepsi and Fantasy Lab, and says she’s been busy “creating a lot of new music” as well as “touring a lot, visiting many countries, and getting to know the culture of those I had not visited before”.

Hero of 2023: “Without a doubt, Hardwell made a big change by experimenting with new sounds.”

Fave tune of 2023: “Creeds, ‘Push Up’.”

Best DJ set you’ve seen in 2023: “Eric Prydz’s HOLO show at Tomorrowland.”

What was the most exciting tech development of 2023? “The creation of music and voice through artificial intelligence. It creates unlimited possibilities for musicians.”

Rising star DJ/producer of 2023: “Anyma.”

What gives you hope for 2024? “The evolution and fusion of sounds within electronic music. People thinking more out of the box and being open to new genres and ideas.”