mayo – The ‘Wednesday Alternative’ Mix
A rising Amsterdam producer and dj takes us off piste during the week.
mayo is described as a “dark horse”. An emerging talent, she has just released her debut EP on United Identities.
For many years she has worked behind the scenes, honing her craft and amassing knowledge which has lead to her status as a forward thinking, intricate selector. This mixtape is perhaps the best reflection of this commitment to her progression.
Titled “Sad Violin Music” – her debut EP features a strange and charming assortment of music which seems to touch upon a number of reference points. There are influences from new wave, EBM and techno. However, there is also a nod to the punk roots mayo identifies with following many years spent playing in bands.
mayo is a producer very much connected to the DIY undercurrent of underground music culture and this transition into a producer marks the next step in her musical journey which seems bound to reap her rewards.
Listen to the mix and read the interview below:
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Hellooo, I’m Mayo from Amsterdam, a dog lover.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Where was the mix recorded?
In the middle of Italy.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
A house with a gorgeous but trippy space age interior, sitting in the middle of a green conversation pit with only your bestest friends or alone and a nice bottle of wine.
What should we be wearing?
Anything comfortable or if you want to be bare naked that would also not be a problem.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Somewhere in nature, a very dense forest in beginning of the evening with only a tiny bit if sunlight left and a small group of people dancing with me.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I don’t really have a fave of my own, but this is my all time favourite, the mix of mixes.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
My first setup was two Technics sl1200 plus a shitty mixer which I can’t even remember the brand of, my setup now is non existent, there was a point where I needed money to fuel my modular addiction. But do have to admit that recently I have been looking online a bit for a new pair of Technics..
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
A good intro is always nice.
What were the first and last records you bought?
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Moldy cheese but in a good way.
If it was an animal what would it be?
A purple bat that would live in underwater caves in very deep seas.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Nothing I can recall, I always forget and will always make that same mistake again with each record that does that, which is part of the fun of course.
Upcoming in the world of… Anything else we need to discuss?
Racism and equality. Always.