Nightwave: The Ransom Note Mix
Based in Glasgow, Nightwave is the musical guise of Maya Medvesek – a singular producer, dj and artist with a great deal of energy and drive. For many years she has worked tirelessly establishing herself as one of the most forward thinking dj's in the city and as such has gone on to international praise and acclaim.
Her own musical output has been featured by a number of record labels which include the likes of A-Trak's Fools Gold, Dext Recordings, Musar, Unknown To The Unknown and Neutralizer. She has also worked alongside a number of hugely influential women on two EP's which have been released in line with International Women's Day.
In the booth Maya draws for the heat, often playing broadly across a collection of genres and styles. However, her love for all things Dance Mania and the affiliated have not gone amiss and when those records leave the bag things go bang. Trust us.
We invited Maya to record a mix for the site alongside an interview below. Over to her…
Please introduce yourself…Who are you, where are you and what are you?
I'm Nightwave, my friends call me Maya, I'm a Glasgow based producer, DJ and all sorts of other things.
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?
At Pirate Studios Glasgow.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Somewhere dark and loud, an afters or in the car en route to a party.
What should we be wearing?
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
I'm always envious of DJs recording mixes in Ibiza on that cliff overlooking Es Vedra in the sunset…that would be cool! Dream venue and system would have to be Plastic People, seriously miss that place.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Really can't choose a single track but I've been playing the new Kerrie and Joefarr releases loads.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I always go back to Jeff Mills at Liquid Room Tokyo, Dave Clarke and Daft Punk Essential Mixes from 1997.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I'd love to do b2b with Mad Mike, absolute legend and a genius.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Bought my first Technics 1210s and Vestax Mixtick in the late ‘90s with money I earned being in a TV show in Slovenia, then I moved on to Serato and turntables, I now use CDJs and a Pioneer mixer but recently sold my set up to invest into more studio gear- I have Pirate Studios around the corner so I just go there if I fancy a mix.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
It's the first track for me personally, I've developed a silly superstition around it so I always give it a bit too much thought. The end track just comes naturally as you've had a couple hours to connect to the crowd and see what will work best and give everyone an amazing experience. I do my best to get it right!
What were the first and last records you bought?
My first record was Ace of Base…yeah. My first 'real' record was Baby Ford 'Oochy Koochy' and the last record was the excellent new Giant Swan album.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A vegan Berliner Luft cake.
If it was an animal what would it be?
A Scottish Wild Cat.
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
It's always touch and go with 'Paul Johnson – Give me ecstasy,' the beat skips ever so slightly and it gets a bit messy if I don't catch it…it's one of my favourites though so I always play it.
Upcoming in the world of…
I'm dedicating the next couple months to finishing a load of music and remixes and prepping the release schedule. 2019 has been a busy year, released 3 records and played some amazing shows but each year I feel like I'm just getting started- good way to start a new decade!
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