Kuala Lumpur is bursting with hot, and talented female DJs who are rocking out the decks at the most sought after club venues, and festivals in, and outside of Malaysia. Check out some of our favourite female DJs that are currently slaying the local scene right here, right now.
The underground techno scene has been missing a credible female representatives for quite a while now, that is until Yenn Lim appeared in the scene in 2012. Her curiosity of what goes on behind the decks is one of the main reasons she decided to embark on this journey. Her main focus in music is house and techno, and she has been getting the thumbs up from people in the scene for her amazing sets. “I just love the minimalistic and repetitive rhythm of house music, with its accompanying sub genres that I can switch between, such as deep house, tribal house, minimal house and tech house,” she says.
She draws inspiration from some of her favourite artists including Richie Hawtin, Magda, Nina Kraviz, Steve Lawler, Seth Troxler, and many others. One of her goals this year is to continue to soldier on and spread the word on the local house and techno scene. In 2016 alone she has shared the decks with the likes of Dutch DJ, Jaap Ligthart, and youANDme. Rest assured we’ll be heading to more underground gigs featuring this amazing lass. Check out her music here.
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Fatim started her DJing career in 2013 at a Bud Culture gig that took place at Palate Palette. She had always spent her spare time practicing in the studio playing tunes for herself and friends. Never in her wildest dreams did she think it would eventually launch her career as a DJ. When she first started, her focus was mainly on dubstep, grime, and techno. But, as she progressed further into her career, Fatim found herself experimenting with other type of sounds. Today, she has mastered a style of her own that revolves around bass music.
This little bass beauty actually grew up listening a lot of rock, and metal music. But for now, one of her main inspirations is Bristol producer, Kahn. “I love the fact that he has his own signature sound on his production style despite the variety of genre that he produce from dubstep to grime, and garage to dancehall,” she elaborates. Fatim is the first female artists to join the Akhyla collective based in Malaysia, and also part of the all-girl collective based in Singapore, ATTAGIRL. Find out what her sound is all about here.
Rimka is at the beginning stages of becoming one of the most sought after female DJ’s in the country. She has been DJing for almost two years now, and she’s enjoying every single minute of it. She was raised in a multicultural home and her life in Paris enhanced her taste for electronic music and its multitude of sub-genres. “I’ve always leaned towards tech house with the occasional foray into deep house and techno, but my personal signature is to add global ethnic cultural elements to my sets, so my music transports the audience on an exotic trip,” she tells us.
The budding DJ draws inspiration from prolific artists like Dixon, Blond:ish. “Dixon’s passion for perfection in his sets, Blond:ish’s ability to take me on a shamanic trip without Ayahuasca and Rampa’s spirited music that ignites my soul.” Her career goal this year is to score more gigs outside of Malaysia, and to start producing her own music. Check out her sound here.
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Ira Roslan aka Irama’s flawless ability to adapt to various environments has successfully scored her bookings for regular club events, music festivals, and chic fashion shows. Her first official gig was back in 2013 where she was booked to perform at the second edition of Future Music Festival Asia. Since then, she has had the privilege to share the decks with some of most notable names in electronic dance music, which includes the likes of Doorly, and most recently Sonny Wharton.
She also warmed up the decks for Christina Aguilera’s private showcase in Kuala Lumpur in 2014. Her impeccable taste in groovy, chunky and sexy house music has scored her a weekly residency at the up and coming, Supperclub in TREC Kuala Lumpur. “I don't really have a specific style but I love playing house, nu disco and occasionally tech-house. Generally, I try to play music that gets people in the mood to mingle and/or dance. Flexible!” Check her exclusive DJ set recorded at Privi Kuala Lumpur in conjunction of the Bunker event hosted by Beatmilitia here.
LZZY, the artist formerly known as LissaZombie has become a household name in the local Malaysian scene. From spinning at intimate venues like Blue Elephant to a festival cruise ship like It’s The Ship, she has definitely made a name for herself in the local party circuit. She kicked off her career after high school as part of an electro-clash duo, TheViciousZombies alongside Jonnyvicious. LZZY has since ventured on her own to explore a wider range of genres including nu disco, deep house, tech house and techno.
As a young DJ, LZZY works hard to prove herself as a serious contender in the scene. Sanjeev Raj also known to the scene as Axel Groove played a part in getting into one of the most important gigs in her growth as a DJ. LZZY was included in the Freqender event, a partnership with Godskitchen, which took place in kyō, Singapore in 2014. Her music journey soldiered on and her music outlook was enhanced when she went on a two-month trip in Europe, hitting five festivals in that duration, which include Pitch Festival in Amsterdam, and Sonus in Croatia. The experience has helped polish her skills, and style of music. You can check out her music here.
Alicia Ngiam aka Lish has continuously nurtured her house music style since she started DJing five years ago. “It has always been fundamentally house, from deep to nu disco, indie, and jackin’ to a bit of tech. I've been lucky enough to have been able to play the kind of music that I like.” Her curiosity on the art of DJing was constantly answered by her DJ friends, but, she wanted more. A Heineken Thirst DJ competition popped up at the right time and it gave her the motivation to create her own mixtape. After a few intensive lessons from Blastique at Mile High Studio, she has had a steady flow of gigs coming her way since she first started up to this day.
Groovy house numbers with vocals and a taste of hip hop and funk are some of the kind of music that inspires her. “Some of my all-time favourites include Plastic Plates, Just Kiddin, Moon Boots and Corduroy Mavericks.” Lish is looking to score more gigs locally, and internationally this year. DJing in Manila, and Perth was quite the experience for her, and she definitely hopes for more in the future. Check her stuff out here.
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Kuala Lumpur’s favourite party starters, Twinkies are a force to be reckoned with. The DJ duo, Nadia, and Arabyrd have taken their brand beyond the cityscapes of KL to foreign countries in a bid to spread their awesome music vibes to the masses. In 2015, the ladies flew to Sydney, Koh Tao, and Paris to showcase their eclectic take on music. These international gigs have helped them realise their full potential as DJs.
The two of them started out as bedroom DJs to entertain their friends and eventually made it to the clubs, and festivals in Malaysia. Twinkies has now become an important entity for Nadia, and Arabyrd, who have already made a name for themselves as individual artists. They have now found the versatility needed to create their signature sound as a DJ duo. “We don’t categorise our music into genres, it’s more of an experience,” Arabyrd explains. The ladies are planning to link up to other female DJ’s, and performers out there in hopes of creating a tight knit network around the world. But, their ultimate goal is to be able to share their own personal style to their audience without having anyone dictating what they should be playing. Discover what they are all about here.
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