Whether playing to empty rooms or shopping a stack of productions with the hope of a proper release, all DJs and producers start at the bottom of the totem pole just looking for their chance to move up. Some choose to throw their own parties or link with a local promoter as a resident DJ so as to get their name out. Perseverance is key for many and dwelling in the underground, hustling to gigs along with endless hours in the studio is a common thread, but the pay off is well worth it.
Mixmag pays close attention to the passionate individuals supplying the scene with quality music, whether they have a massive following or not. As long as an artist is progressing and continuing to build a reputation, their time will come. With this in mind, we've highlighted a collection of artists who have been earning increased attention over the past few years.
Below are the artists rising from the underground, some may be more known than others, but all should be on your radar moving forward.
Brooklyn-based artist Aurora Halal has been making waves for a few years now due to her uncompromising approach to techno and house. Her material has graced labels like Lovers Rock and Mutual Dreaming, plus she's supplied quality mixes for outlets like The Bunker NY, RINSE, Beats In Space and more. She was recently tapped by Dekmantel to supply a set for their podcast series, listen below.
In the realm of lo-fi house and techno, the community is populated by mostly male producers, that is until LUZ1E stepped out and showcased her dusty blend of melodic and jacking house. Based in Germany, she sites Detroit and New York City as her influences. Still little is known of this fresh talent, but her music is buzzing around at the moment and there's obviously much more to look forward to from her.