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Photo of Paula Tape in a leather jacket, silver trousers and sunglasses. She's sitting on a washing machine in a laundrette

Rising Chilean DJ/producer Paula Tape has made her name releasing irresistible, synth-drenched house tracks on quality labels including Rhythm Section and Permanent Vacation, while her Hola Mundo party holds residencies in London, Paris and her adopted home of Milan. Here, alongside a stomping Recognise mix, she speaks to Ria Hylton about her focus on production, crate-digging, and making a radio show for her plants

Paula Tape’s mixes are full of theatre — bold, synth-laden cuts that put you in mind of the Ibiza coastline. Balearic chuggers fold into spacious...

Press shot of Nooriyah lying on a red floor. Her curly hair is sprawled across the floor and she is holding either side of her head. She's wearing a green sleeveless top and green earrings

Nooriyah is a DJ and musical archivist who’s changing the narrative around music from the South-West Asian and North African (SWANA) region, highlighting its global influence and embedding it in her genre-jumping club sets, radio shows and socials. Alongside her party-starting Recognise mix, she speaks to Ria Hylton about her journey so far, keeping it high-energy, and encouraging others to pursue their passion

“I know I’ve hit a gem when my face muscles screw like I’ve smelt something bad, you know?” Nooriyah tells DJ Mag. “If my face...

Photo of Avtomat DJing surrounded in green light and abstract visual effects

A fixture in Poland’s underground club scene, DJ, producer, vocalist and graphic designer Avtomat brings an anarchic industrial edge to their wildly varied and intricate DJ sets. Alongside a blazing mix for the Recognise series, Ben Murphy talks to him about activism, Polish folk music and playing Berghain

“I never wanted to play a set that would bore me if I was on the dancefloor,” says Avtomat, explaining his all-encompassing approach to DJing...

Photo of Manara DJing in shades

DJ and broadcaster Manara has dazzled dancefloors and airwaves with her upbeat demeanour and electrifying blends of club cuts, pop tracks, and South Asian sounds. Alongside a party-starting mix, she speaks to Aneesa Ahmed about her varied musical upbringing, her Pure Spice show on BBC Asian Network, and taking inspiration from Mariah Carey, memes and more

Many DJs want to pull off mind-blowing blends, but few execute them like Manara. When she plays, you’ll hear thrilling combinations of deep-cut rave tunes...

DJ Swisha standing in front of a lilac coloured wall with graffiti

Part of New York’s thriving underground and the cross-States Juke Bounce Werk crew, DJ SWISHA has established himself as an essential producer and DJ covering footwork, house, jungle and more. Alongside a high-energy mix joining the dots between Jersey and Baltimore club music and techno, he speaks to Tice Cin about friendship, club culture and his mysterious former alias

Born in Philadelphia, raised in LA, and currently based in Brooklyn, DJ SWISHA’s unique and internet-crate-digging sound has created a community around him. He is...

Recognise: Mandidextrous

Mandidextrous electrified the drum & bass scene in 2022 with their turbo-charged speed bass sound, but their story as a pioneering producer and queer figurehead goes back much further. Alongside a thrilling mix for the Recognise series, they speak to Ben Hindle about finding a home in the free party scene, being an EQ50 mentee, and working hard while having fun

To put it plainly, Mandidextrous tracks bang. By their own admission, the Bristol-based DJ and producer has little room for “chill” in their music, and...

DJ Nite Fleit sat looking down and to the right on a dark red background with a pinkish red light across her face

Italy-based, Australia-born DJ and producer Nite Fleit has made her name with tough-as-nails electro, but her recently-released debut album reveals a more emotional side. Alongside a storming mix for the Recognise series, she speaks to Claire Francis about her formative years in Melbourne, her natural flair for DJing, and how making music helps with her ADHD

There’s lots of smiles and laughter when DJ Mag speaks to Alysha Fleiter, and the 34-year-old Australia born, newly Italy-based DJ and producer certainly has...

Recognise: Heavee - Sam Siegel

Chicago footwork artist Heavee steps up for the Recognise mix series, and speaks to Arielle Lana LeJarde about following in the footsteps of their mentor DJ Rashad by releasing an EP on Hyperdub, and how cartoons and video games helped lead him to a life in electronic music

Some artists are constantly chasing the high of their next success, but Chicago native Heavee is still basking in the positive response to his new...

Rhyw by Kasia Zacharko

Fever AM co-founder Rhyw steps up for the Recognise mix series, and chats to Eoin Murray about his forthcoming release, his childhood obsession with The Prodigy and the all-important element of surprise in his hallucinatory club music

Rhyw wants to surprise you. In his catalogue of warped, oddball techno, linear beats are twisted into unpredictable shapes. The Welsh-Greek DJ and producer –...

Recognise: Analog Soul

Two decades since they realised their destinies lay in music and DJing, NYC-based twins, Analog Soul, demonstrate their expansive and funk-filled sound for the Recognise mix series, and share their journey with Ria Hylton

Some 20 years ago, Jacky Sommer switched US coasts and headed east to New York. The Oakland native had just scooped a highly sought-after spot...

Lady Shaka

Global club beats, queer femme energy and Pacific Island identity come together in Lady Shaka’s joyful Recognise mix.  Ahead of her appearance at Sónar Festival this month, the DJ and interdisciplinary artist speaks to Anna Cafolla  about building connections around the world, uplifting her communities, and her Pasifika club sound

“Kia ora!” Lady Shaka greets New Zealand’s debut Boiler Room show. This is FILTH, a radical club community that centres QTBIPOC, and their first post-Covid...

Sedef Adasi standing in front of a grey background holding a blue necklace

Panorama Bar’s newest resident, Augsburg's Sedef Adasi, balances blissed-out house with rave-ready acid, trance and electro in her Recognise mix, and tells Sophie McNulty about her route into DJing, fostering a sense of togetherness through music, and why she's not moving to Berlin

“I couldn’t just be a DJ. For me, what’s most important is that I contribute something to my scene,” says Sedef Adasi. We speak to...

Recognise: Ploy

Ploy demonstrates his percussive, pulse-racing and sub-bass-shaking sound for the Recognise mix series, and speaks to Katie Thomas about gradually finding his groove on imprints like L.I.E.S, Hessle Audio and Timedance, and his new label and party, Deaf Test

In February 2020, Ploy shared a bill with Batu and Loraine James, celebrating five years of Batu’s label, Timedance. Playing the closing hours of the...

SNO_by Matome “The Balladman” Rampedi

As likely to play South African hip-hop as she is Congolese rumba, Egyptian jazz or Brazilian boogie, Gauteng-born, Manchester-based SNO is spreading the word about music often overlooked by the Western industry. Alongside her genre-spanning Recognise mix, she speaks to Kamila Rymajdo about familial influence, her chance start in DJing and sharing the music she loves

As a child, SNO — whose DJ name is the acronym of her government name — would spend Sundays listening to records with her uncle...

Debit

On her new album for Modern Love, Mexican-American producer, DJ and audio engineer Delia Beatriz, aka Debit, combines ancient Mayan wind instruments with machine learning. Ahead of its release, she records a “pre-hispanic to post/transhispanic ambient mix” for the Recognise series, and speaks to Eoin Murray about DJing for Azaelia Banks, her desire to contribute to the canon of electronic music, and making ambient music that goes beyond “beautiful”

Delia Beatriz stands at a unique intersection in electronic music. As Debit, the Monterrey, Mexico-born, New York-based producer, DJ, audio engineer and live artist has...

aya

aya has dazzled the UK underground with her experimental club productions and genre-hopping DJ sets, which she demonstrates in her exhilarating “at the end of...

With sizzling electro, crunching breakbreats, frenzied footwork and much more in between, Nikki Nair records a jaw dropping productions mix for the Recognise series, and...

96 Back sprints across a spectrum of styles in his electrifying Recognise mix, and chats to Kamila Rymajdo about his early diet of Actress and post-punk, finding confidence...

Mina

Joining the dots between sounds from the UK, Ghana, South America and beyond, Mina makes tracks driven by a spirit of collaboration, demonstrated in her...

Saint Petersburg’s rising star in jungle, footwork and hybrid bass music, A.Fruit, records a 100% productions mix for the Recognise series, and chats to Kamila...