OCHO Episode 13
Another month and another incredible OCHO lineup! On November 19th, join us on Sirius XM (Diplo’s Revolution - channel 52) for eight hours of non-stop underground house and techno. We’ve been doing this for over a year now, and it’s still one of our favorite days of the month.
Your selectors for the afternoon come from across the spectrum of proper dance music. Prepare for the sounds of Afro house, deep tech, breakbeat, techno, and more from a global contingent of DJs, including Amtrac, Blond:ish, Mary Droppinz, Monki, Ms. Mada, Prunk, Seth Troxler, and Vanjee.
A prolific remixer, visionary artist, and multi-genre impresario, Amtrac knows no musical boundaries. Whether he’s remixing hits for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Axwell, and Kaskade or exploring the deep recesses of underground house, he impresses. His skills are unwavering, and his musical curiosity keeps him constantly evolving.
Canadian dance music mogul BLOND:ISH has built an empire on the notion that music and positive energy can improve the world. The producer, promoter, ABRACADABRA label head, Bye Bye Plastic founder, and spiritual seeker has an uplifting take on house music that dips into Eastern spirituality, shamanic meditation, and feel-good pop hits. If it makes you feel good, BLOND:ISH plays it.
Mary Droppinz’s infectious positivity, unsurpassed skills on the decks, and sound that seamlessly blends house, techno, and breakbeat electro has made her the darling of a new generation of cross-genre selectors. The fast-rising talent is a staple of the Dirtybird crew, has releases on Insomniac, and has quickly become a regular at festivals like EDC, CRSSD, and Desert Hearts.
Underground tastemaker and BBC Radio presenter, Monki has spent nearly a decade at the forefront of dance music. A fixture on the European club and festival circuit, she’s invigorated crowds from London to Ibiza. She has a dynamic catalog of lauded releases across respected labels like Toolroom, Defected, and Hot Creations. This year, she had the honor of releasing an official remix of the Queen of Disco, Diana Ross’ “I Still Believe.”
Club Space resident Ms. Mada has been wowing audiences for over a decade, holding court over Miami’s most celebrated venues and dropping a coveted Boiler Room set at III Points in 2019. Outside of helping curate the vibrant soundscape of Miami, she’s dropped her trademark funky grooves at festivals like BPM, Time Warp NY, Skyline, and Ultra.
PIV Records founder Prunk is one of deep tech house’s most fervent champions and respected tastemakers. He started PIV Records out of a desire to bring people together through an artistic community by inviting them in—hence the coy flip of “VIP” informing the label’s spirit. An acclaimed producer in his own right, Prunk has released original tunes on esteemed labels such as Defected Records, Do Not Sleep, and Moulton Music.
Few in dance music have driven the culture in the way that Seth Troxler has. The Visionquest and Play It Say It founder’s deep respect for the Detroit and Chicago heritage of house and techno has led him to a sound that brilliantly infuses the sounds of classic dance music with a sharp and focused modern twist.
New York-based Vanjee has spent nearly two decades as a recognizable force in the scene. Even before holding residencies at iconic institutions like Hi Ibiza and Music On, he pushed the tempo for Club Space and Pacha New York. His wide-ranging catalog has seen him release with Defected, Saved, and Get Physical.