Mixmag Asia Radio 044: Thai-Persian DJ Elaheh is set on pushing Bangkok's scene further forward
"If there's any recurring theme in my music style it would be deep, cosmic, and psychedelic"
When you get wind of a serious underground party happening in Bangkok, there’s a good chance you’re going to find the elusive Elaheh on the line-up. She’s an integral part of UNST, a local institution that focuses on the deeper shades of house and techno, whilst also being a resident of the forward-thinking and leftfield-driven movement known as Soundistan.
Like most great DJs who keep an open mind to music, Elaheh is an artist in the midst of her own evolution — her early days started out with a darker and heavier realms of electronic music, but after spending more with local DJ heroes (and close friends) DOTT and Junesis, she saw the bright light that leads to the House of Jack. Telling us about what shaped her sound, Elaheh explains, “A big turning point in music style for me was after hearing Eric Volta play his set at Beam. That set showed me the importance of taking risks and variety. I think if there's any recurring theme in my music style it would be deep, cosmic, and psychedelic.”
The Bangkok-born DJ with Persian roots has a sharp and acute ability to flawlessly read the dance floor and create ecstatic flows through a variety of styles from minimal, dub, breaks and acid. Without a doubt, she’s one of the city’s truly forward-thinking selectors.
While she soaks in a wide range of sounds for her own listening pleasure, she’s also highly tuned into the producers and jocks who are making a difference in the region — “I’m listening to a lot of Max Brennan, LFO, 90's stuff from Freaky Chakra and minimal artists like S-Max & Fym, and out here in Asia, for producers, it has to be Rudoh from Pakistan and DJ-wise, Seelie from Thailand.” For Elaheh, being a part of and raising awareness around community values in the scene, serves as essential “groundwork for an exciting, growing Thai electronic music scene”, as she puts it.
For this week’s episode of Mixmag Asia Radio, Elaheh stays true to her free-form approach towards deep and thought-provoking music, and we loved every minute of this set.
Tune in below to Mixmag Asia Radio 044 with Bangkok’s Elaheh.
B(if)tek 'Sound and Space'
Iso68 'Run Run Run'
Hamburg Trick - Metamatics
DOTT 'B-Side Joke' (unreleased)
Hi-Ryze 'The Lowdown'
Helmet 'Purple Edge'
Kumquat Kids 'Back to Front (unreleased extended mix)'
Bigeneric vs Planet Love 'Dream Cascades'
Freaky Chakra 'Come Back Here'
Acidsex / Matt Star 'Acidtres'
Two Opposites '1986 Satellite TraNsmission'
Benjamin Milz 'ORKL-0114-02 B'
Seekers 'Slowly Sinking'
Nicola Kazimir 'X6 (Dividual Walkthrough)'