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Mall Grab

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Australian feel good house posterboy Mall Grab is defined by a sense of fun. He started his musical journey from the confines of his studio in the decidedly un-trendy Newcastle, Australia. So how, at the tender age of 24, has he become a go-to party-starter on the other side of the world, with canonical Boiler Room sets and an Essential Mix to his name? The internet, of course.

When enough people are frequently sharing music online, the promise of the level-playing field it provides for creatives is broken, and artists have the same problems as before the internet. Mall Grab, however, was born and raised there. Thanks to YouTube channels like hurfyd, Slav and the rest, Mall Grab found himself on the crest of the wave of lo-fi, his feel-good house, inspired in equal part by Three 6 Mafia and Kerri Chandler, sent him ahead of the pack.

Cannily, he realised he’d to prove himself behind the decks to be considered more than a passing fad. And prove himself he did. His aforementioned Radio 1 Essential Mix is testament to his dexterity as a selector. Furthermore, he co-founded the record label Steel City Dance Discs in order to give something back to the community that perpetuated his meteoric rise. Ever the personality in interviews and on social media, Mall Grab’s presence in the oft-too-serious landscape of house and techno is a breath of fresh air.

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