Hailing all the way from the 90’s rave capital of Saint-Petersburg, Maruwa is a fast emerging DJ and producer renowned for combining a multitude of musical influences from her upbringing. Having learnt the piano from a very young age, the Russian artist has developed her sound so much so that she now links emotional impressionism and IDM atmospherics with tropes os breakbeat hardcore to create straight-up house orientated heaters.

Over the past few years Maruwa has released a selection of high quality records including her debut EP “Steel City Dance Discs Volume 10” on the Australian label Steel City Dance Discs headed by the notorious young-star Mall Grab, as well as dropping her acclaimed “On My Mind” release on UK-based Lobster Theremin in 2019. Navigating through dreamy trance, broken-beats and breezy edits, this five-track EP contains a selection of big room bangers primed for club night dance floors, check it out.

Hey Maruwa!

How are you doing and what have you been getting up to recently?
Quite fine! Can’t complain.

What have you been getting up to recently?
Well, to be honest, I have been really into work and my academic career this spring. Also playing a bit in clubs since in Russia there is no COVID restrictions atm and local parties are going on. And, of course, trying not to pull aside the music as well, have a bunch of Ableton projects that I need to finish. By the way, some new releases and remixes will be out soon!

What’s the first thing you’ll do post lockdown?
Travel to Europe or to the UK and go to a big rave!

Name three tracks you can’t wait to play in your first set back!
As I said earlier, clubs are open here, so here’s the tracks I’d like to drop next time for a good crowd! AWeX – It’s Our Future, Perry & Rhodan – The Beat Just Goes Straight On And On, Hemka – Culture.

Who’s the greatest DJ of all time?
This one is tough! I think every DJ has his own unique features, technique and approach. But to name a few – Ellen Alien, Mall Grab and Dr. Rubinstein – they’re really great!

If you weren’t a DJ what would you be?
My retiring plan is to become a pro poodle breeder! Or just keep being sound designer.

Mood Wax – What do you listen to?

When I’m feeling good I listen to:
I really enjoy this Byron Yeates mix for Djmag – so fresh and energetic!

When I’m sad:
I love listening to IDM music in such moments. Album “Music has the Right for Children” by Boards of Canada on repeat would be the right choice I guess.

When I’m relaxing:
Brian Eno – Deep Blue Day

When I’m in the car:
Some 90’s Russian pop, it feels so natural while you rolling around… or good trip-hop, of course.

When I’m watching the sun rise:
Just right track for the time when you see the light of a new day, The Bionaut – Octopus

When I’m cooking:
Lately I’ve been into listening to BBC world service while I’m cooking, just for improving my English.

When I’m in the shower:
The Cure – Just Like Heaven:

When I’m pre-drinking:
Any of Dr. Rubinstein Quarantine FM’s on Youtube. Really love what she does!

When I’m at an afters:
One of Sharkeisha’s Stay Positive monthly shows on Test FM. A good selection of ambient and other extraordinary stuff:

Thanks Maruwa.

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