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Poll 2021: Miss K8

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Becoming a mother in 2019 might have been a big life change for Ukrainian producer and DJ Miss K8, but if anything it’s made her more successful than ever since coming off maternity leave to start touring again after just three months. This year, as well as spending time at home in Kyiv with her daughter and having fun with the family, she’s also been busy in the studio. A collaboration with Angerfist, ‘Break Of Dawn’, came on Masters Of Hardcore, which follows their EP together on the same label last year, and is the home for many of her fast-paced hardcore productions. This year also saw her remix Furyan and collaborate with D-Fence, and as well as playing various live streams, the gigs have come back with a vengeance. She’s played at an impressive run of festivals this summer including Elektric Festival in France, Planetlove in Belfast, Delta Festival in Marseille, plus the protest parade in Amsterdam named ‘Unmute Us’ which was a march in response to the Dutch Government’s temporary ban on large scale events. 


How was your first gig back after lockdown? 

“Overwhelming, it was in the south of France, and the crowd was as wild as ever!”
 

How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?

“I enjoyed only the first few months of lockdown. I could breathe out after a long period of intense touring, but the rest of that time I wanted to be back on stage doing what I love.” 


What's the best bit of tech you've added to your studio or DJ setup this year?

“My headphones and some recording hardware.”

 
What's the best album you've heard this year? 

“Radical Redemption ‘The Chronicles Of Chaos’.”
 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-05 14:48

Style: 
“Hardcore techno.”
Best known for: 
“Dropping bass like an earthquake.”
Tune of the year: 
“DJ Mad Dog ‘Il Futuro’.”

Poll 2020: Miss K8

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Ukranian hardcore DJ and producer Miss K8, real name Kateryna Kremko, has spent the last six years steadily climbing the Top 100 DJs poll. After big changes in 2019 — Kremko became a mother for the first time, performing until she was 28 weeks pregnant, and returning to the decks just three months later — the producer returned with brand new music for 2020. Collaborating with Angerfist on an EP earlier this year, as well as releasing a solo effort, the ‘queen of hardcore’ also confirmed a new album would land sometime in 2020 — the first since her 2016 LP ‘Magnet’. 
 
Outside of the studio, Kremko still managed to perform gigs this year, returning to the home of hardcore, Defqon.1 festival, for their first virtual event. She joined DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Virtual Festival in September, and streamed a skull-crushing birthday live set for fans while in lockdown. If that’s not enough Miss K8 for you, there’s also archive sets online from the DJ at the incredible Dominator Festival in the Netherlands.
 
 
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
 
“Spending 24/7 with my baby, studio time, Netflix.”
 
 
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
 
“Nothing is infinite.”
 
 
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time? 
 
“The Prodigy ‘Firestarter’.”
 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 22:54

Style: 
“Hardcore techno.”
Best known for: 
“Dropping bass like an earthquake.”
Tune of the year: 
"DJ Mad Dog ‘In My House’.”

Poll 2019: Miss K8

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2019 doesn’t just mark Miss K8’s fifth consistent year in the Top 100 DJs poll, it also marks the Ukraine hardcore DJ’s most life-changing year to date. Rising higher and higher up the headliner ranks, Kate’s been causing international damagement since she emerged in the early 2010s: as a producer she regularly releases on the mighty Masters Of Hardcore imprint and as a DJ she’s renowned for tearing crowds of thousands apart with her energetic, uncompromising DJ sets. 2019 was no different. But for the first time in almost a decade, she took a few months off... For the best reasons possible.

“I was touring till 28 weeks of my pregnancy,” explains Kiev-based Kate, who announced her new bundle of joy in May on social media and returned to the decks in July for a summer of massive festival shows. “I was back on stage three weeks after having a baby and working on new music whilst learning how to be a mother.”

Congratulations Kate! Smashing it in every possible way, we’ve no doubt she’ll continue to rise higher up the headliner ranks in 2020.


Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“Actually not, I really have to start to do it. For now, I was only submitting my tracks but no setlists.”

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“DJs and artists, in general, work too many hours and are sometimes overdoing it when it comes to the job. You need time off to relax and catch up on sleep or pay more attention to things such as your life outside the music world.”

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“I think that's more a task for the promoters of the events.”

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“Separating garbage and trying to use less plastic.”

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“Barbie.”

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello ‘Señorita’.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-18 10:19

Style: 
"Hardcore techno.”

Best known for: 
“Miss K8 & Nolz ‘Raiders Of Rampage’.”
Tune of the year: 
“Angerfist feat. Nolz ‘Rally Of Retribution’.”

Poll 2018: Miss K8

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From: Kiev, Ukraine
DJ style: “Hardcore techno.”
Best known for: “Miss K8 & Nolz ‘Raiders Of Rampage’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Miss K8 ‘Out Of The Frame’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “D-Sturb.” 

Tearing up crowds with nothing but the most banging of bangers, few would argue that once you’ve seen the Miss K8, you’re unlikely to forget the experience.

Hence her consistently making the Top 100 DJs poll for the last four editions, cultivating the kind of following reserved for those who understand staying true to yourself is more important than following crowds. Instead, they follow her as she drops the hardcore kicks and raging hoovers of recent tracks like ‘Temper’ and ‘Out Of The Frame’ — the latter of which she’s currrently working on a video for.

Relentless touring is proof of the high demand for this Kiev-raised DJ, rinsing Europe’s full-throttle rave institutions, from Defqon. 1 to Dominator, with further bookings taking her across the rest of the world. She’s a tour de force in the true meaning of the phrase, packing no-nonsense attitude and take-no-prisoners music wherever she flies.

Words:MARTIN GUTTRIDGE-HEWITT

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 15:42

Poll 2016: Miss K8

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From: Ukraine
DJ style: “Hardcore techno.”
Best known for: “‘Raiders Of Rampage (Masters Of Hardcore 2016 Anthem)’.”
What’s the next new big track? “N-Vitral ‘Bassface’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2016: “D-Fence from Neophyte Records.”

One of the Top 100’s most consistent entrants, Miss K8 needs little introduction. The Ukrainian DJ/producer has had (yet another) epic year behind the decks, as well as in the studio — she released her debut album ‘Magnet’ to widespread acclaim back in March. She’s toured to far-flung destinations like Vietnam and India over the last twelve months, and “played at many amazing festivals as well, such as Dominator, Defqon. 1, Tomorrowland, Decibel and Syndicate”.

And she’s not stopping there. She cites more travelling as her No.1 ambition for next year: “South America, Australia and Europe will be definitely on my map in the upcoming 12 months,” she tells DJ Mag. We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store! 

What have been the new frontiers for you this year?
“That has to be my album tour — I’m showcasing my album sets in the countries like Ukraine, France, Scotland, Australia, Chile and the Netherlands.”

Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form?
“It is by the people who enjoy it. I don’t really care how outsiders look at it, as long as our scene enjoys it.”

What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why?
“Lately I like to use the Spire VST a lot. Also the Melda plug-ins are of good quality and very useful.”

If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be?
“That would be techno, for sure. I’m always listening to this style in my free time.” 

As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?
“I can’t put a price on my own set.”

What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events?
“Better security checks at the events. Lately there is a health trend worldwide that makes people want to live a healthier life. If properly marketed, something like this could be [applied to] the dance scene too. But in the end, it’s your own decision. You can’t stop someone who doesn’t want to stop.”

How can we increase diversity in dance music?
“Thinking outside the box, and don’t be afraid to bring something different or new.”

 

WORDS: CHARLOTTE LUCY CIJFFERS

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2016-10-17 13:35

Poll 2015: Miss K8

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There aren’t many female DJs in the Top 100 – and there aren’t many Ukrainians for that matter, either. One such lady clearly keen to ruffle a few feathers and do things a bit differently, however, is Miss K8. A native of Kiev, this hardcore techno loving temptress is more than capable with mixing it with the best in the business.

The so-called ‘Goddess of Hardcore’ has had a pretty spellbinding year too – as is evidenced by performances on influential hardcore techno stages a la Masters of Hardcore, Dominator, Syndicate and Defqon.1. Something tells us this lady is just getting started…

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 15:48

Style: 
Hardcore Techno
Best known for: 
Metropolis of Massacre (Dominator Anthem 2014)
Tune of the year: 
Tha Playah & Nosferatu - Riders of Retaliation (Dominator Anthem 2015)
From: 
Kyiv, Ukraine
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
Furyan
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
To read the crowd.
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
Definitely. Every year it's only becoming brighter. So we are on the right path!
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
Yes, of course sometimes I might be tired, but I refresh myself pretty fast between the weekends. Sport, a healthy lifestyle and a good night's sleep is the trick.
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
My family.
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
I have special memories connected to 3 clubs in Kyiv, all of which have been closed for many years. Ultra, Opium Dance Club and Ganesha Party Bar were all really influential for me.
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
It's all about how dedicated your fans are and how strongly they want to support you. It doesn't matter if you’re a man or a woman.
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
I don't think about it. Everyone should do what they feel is best for them.