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Poll 2023: KAKA

From: China 

DJ style: “Main stage."

Best known for: “‘Can’t Stop Us’.”

The main focus for KAKA this year was overseas shows in Europe, south-east Asia and the US, which included appearances at major music festivals including Amsterdam’s famous ADE, Songkran Music Festival in Thailand and China’s edition of EDC; the latter was a special gig for her on home turf. After three years of COVID-19, KAKA was very happy to make up for lost time this year, she tells DJ Mag: “I missed the fans who had been looking forward to my world tour and hope to have more opportunities to meet everyone in the future.”

At the beginning of the year, KAKA released a new single ‘Can't Stop Us’ on Revealed Radar, a sub-label to Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings specifically for new talent. KAKA also set herself the challenge to produce a tech-house track, the result of which was ‘Bad For You’ which came out via Music Moods, an online platform that defines music by moods rather than genres. Aside from solo productions, KAKA collaborated with Chinese superstar rapper Tan Jianci to remix his single ‘IMMA GET IT’. In the coming year she promises lots more new music and looks forward to meeting more fans on the road. 

Hero of 2023: “David Guetta."

Fave tune of 2023: “Skrillex, Trippie, PinkPantheress ‘Way Back’.” 

Best DJ set you’ve seen in 2023: “David Guetta & MORTEN at Future Rave Live, Brooklyn Mirage.”

What was the most exciting tech development of 2023?  “AI. Personally, I hope that there will be some sparks in the co-operation between AI and music production.”

Rising star DJ/producer of 2023: “Fred again.. / Switch Disco.”

What gives you hope for 2024? “It is the exploration of the unknown, the love of life, and the dream of music.”