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Life has been changing quite dramatically for a British-Japanese, producer/dj by the name of Maya Jane Coles...
At only 24, Maya has added the international release of her first compilation, for K7's legendary DJ Kicks series no less, on 16th April 2012 to her ever-growing list of achievements, awards and air miles.
Front covers for the likes of Mixmag (UK), Groove (Germany), Crack (UK), Vicious (Spain), Bed (Thailand), DJ Mag weekly (UK), Ziggy (Singapore), Guestlist Network (UK) and Space (Ibiza) as well as coverage in the likes of Spin (USA), Nylon (USA), DJ Times (USA), DJ Mag (Italy), Taz (Germany), El Pais (Spain) and every blog worth it's salt have created lots of hype but it's Maya's own productions, remixes, dj sets and mixes that have added the substance to back it all up. Maya is no fly by night; she is unquestionably in it for the long haul!
Joining the voices of supporters as varied as Anja Schneider to Damon Alburn to Tricky; Maya recently scooped 'Best House/Garage/Deep House' track at the Miami Winter Music Conference and 'Staff Pick: Artist of the year 2011' at the Beatport Awards to join her other accomplishments including DJ Mag's ‘Producer of the Year 2011′, Mixmag's ‘Best Breakthrough DJ 2011′, ‘Best Newcomer 2011′ at the Ibiza DJ Awards 2011, 'five Best New Artists for April' in Spin, FACT's 'Female Artist 2011', even British Vogue's 'Single of the Week' (!) and of course debuting at No. 9 on the Resident Advisor ’2011 DJ Poll’.
Maya is showing no sign of stopping with the DJ Kicks compilation released and charting internationally, visits to 30 countries in the diary over the next 12 months and a host of new releases and remixes set to follow and of course – the biggest of them all due later this year; the release of Maya’s debut album.
New to the Maya Jane Coles story? Well here are things so far…
An eclectic daughter of similarly eclectic parents; Maya was surrounded by a mixture of sounds from dub to punk to soul to jazz to world to classical music around the house. Having learnt to play a few instruments and started to song write, production felt like the natural next step.
First producing hip-hop at 15; Maya was determined that she should be able to learn the skills to realise her own vision at every part of the process from production to performance. That’s why now, on a typical Maya Jane Coles record, Maya will have written, produced, engineered, arranged, mixed and performed every element of the track; sometimes she even vocals and designs the sleeve artwork too!
Driven by a constant urge to push herself and evolve; Maya migrated to dubbier electronic sounds at 16; before a huge water shed moment in her life, Maya experienced good underground house! As a result, Maya started on her current journey as a house producer with a string of releases on Dogmatik whilst chalking up DJ gigs at events like the BBC Electric Proms and Bestival along the way.
Maya then created her live dub-electronica hybrid project, ‘She Is Danger’ alongside vocalist Lena Cullen. The band played at gigs from the world largest fetish club Torture Garden through to opening for The Orb with their tracks played everywhere from Radio 1 through to KCRW and Per Se.
In particular, She is Danger received a lot of critical and fan attention for their remixes of artists from Gorillaz to Groove Armada with an acclaimed dubby reworking of Massive Attack’s ‘Girl, I Love You’ included on the band’s ‘Heliogland:Deluxe’ album; picking up plaudits such, RCRDLBL ‘Track of the Day’, Qmagazine ‘track of the day’ and ‘Daily Download’ on NME.com and smashing the Hypemachine top 10 multiple times. More recently Last FM. Offered a free download of 'Come with Me' on their Music Presents homepage in May 2012.
For many though it was “What They Say” on Franck Roger’s Real Tone label that first switched them on to Maya’s work. Supported by a list of dance floor dignitaries that boasts Laurent Garnier, Ekkohaus, Steve Bug and Dj Gregory amongst others; it obliterated both the sales and critics charts on Beatport; with the track enjoying a no1, no2 and no 3 placing on Resident Advisor’s chart in October, November and December 2010 respectively!
Further Maya productions have only added to this success with impressive showings for Maya’s “Humming Bird” EP (Hypercolour), ‘Focus Now’ EP (20:20 Vision) and “Beat Faster” EP (Mobilee) garnering peer support as varied as John Digweed to Miss Kittin to Art Dept to Richie Hawtin and earning Maya magazine covers and radio support in over 30 countries world wide!
Indeed on ‘Don’t Put Me In Your Box’ EP (Hypercolour), Maya not only wrote, engineered, produced and mixed everything on the record as always but she also designed all the artwork as well!
The tracks 'Not Listening' as Maya Jane Coles and 'Meant to Be' under Maya's 'Nocturnal Sunshine' moniker were released in April 2012 as exclusive tracks from Maya's much lauded DJ Kicks album. The mix which is also included tracks by the likes of Phil Kieran & White Noise Larse, Marcel Dettman and T.Williams has proved to be one of the biggest commercial successes since the K7 series began. The media attention lifted Maya to a new level with the mix making the home page of major sites such as Deezer, Aol Spinner and MTV iggy making the likes of Spin Magazine pose the question - “is Maya Jane Coles – dance music's next level?”... subsequently making her one of their 'top 5 artists for April'.
Maya's latest track 'Watcher' sees Maya on a return to home of sorts as part of a various artist EP on Dogmatik – the first label Maya ever released on - and again has enjoyed considerable support with press, radio and dance floors a like in the process.
As well as her original productions, Maya's remixing abilities have not unnoticed. Remixing for labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Leftroom, Defected and Real Tone within the house scene as well as spreading her genred wings to put her own spin on tracks by Little Dragon, Tricky, Florence & The Machine, The Orb, Lianne La Havas, 2:54 and Bo Saris amongst others.
Whilst under her dub alias Nocturnal Sunshine; Maya has also delivered remixes for emergent talents Jess Mills and Alpines, as well as the release of ‘Can’t Hide The Way I Feel/Broke’ which made fans out of Joy Orbison, Skream, Benga, Craig Richards and Scuba to name but a few!.
Maya has also branched out taking her skills as a producer acts for other artists such as Alpines cover of Carly Simon’s ‘Why’ - a trait that we may begin to see an awful lot more of over the coming months...
Alongside her production credentials; Maya is of course also known for her djing and mixing skills which blend her own productions and remixes with the work of other producers she respects. Alongside guest mixes for the likes of Resident Advisor, Louche, Trace A Line and Defected; Maya started an unbelievable summer with a much lauded Essential Mix which dropped in July and a cover mount mix for Mixmag’s ADE edition where Maya also played Studio 80 to launch the edition!
Indeed, when you start 2012 by playing the midnight set at Fabric for New Year’s Eve and follow it with the New Year’s Day party at Manchester’s WHP the next day – you know it's going to be a pretty good year ahead!
In fact, Maya will play over 25 countries in 2012, spinning at the world’s best parties and clubs including Space (Ibiza), Panorama Bar (Berlin), Fabric (London), Womb (Tokyo), Amnesia (Ibiza), Electric Pickle (Miami), WHP (Manchester), Lux (Portugal), Studio 80 (Amsterdam), Fuse (Belgium), Zouk (Singapore), Bernes (Stockholm) and Watergate (Berlin).
Festival season in 2011 was similarly spectacular with outiings at the likes of Glastonbury (UK), Awake (Germany), ADE (Holland), Robot Festival (Italy), Telekom Bónusz Electronic Music Festival (Hungary), Global Gathering (UK), Bestival (UK) and Exit (Croatia).
In 2012, the festival circuit is set to get even busier for Maya who, as well as returning to events such as Bestival and Global Gathering, will be adding the likes of Beacons Festival (UK), Benicassim (Spain), Creamfields (UK), Evolution (UK), Electric Zoo (USA), Extrema (Belgium), Field Day (UK), Hideout (Croatia), Hove (Norway), Igloo Fest (Canada), Les Nuits Sonores (France), Loveland (Holland), Love Saves the Day (UK), Melt (Germany), Motion (Switzerland), MTV Mobile Beats (Germany), North Coast Music Festival (USA), Park Life (UK), Sonar (Spain), SW4 (UK), T in the Park (UK) and Ultra (USA) to her air miles.
For most people the mere mastery of music would be enough but not for Maya, her brain just wasn’t built to be constrained so in the future we may more of Maya talents from the world’s of fashion, photography and art but for now Maya is clear – MUSIC definitely comes first!
As the album release draws nearer with every day, What will crown 2012 is Maya’s album and the only thing we can tell you about it at the moment is that it truly does not sound like anything else you have heard before but, in what we would like to think is; in a very good way indee