OCHO is back Saturday, March 18th, from 4 pm - midnight ET. Hosted on SiriusXM’s Diplo’s Revolution (channel 52), Gray Area programmed eight of our favorite artists from around the world to drop hour-long mixes of carefully crafted house music. So, get your Saturday night going right by joining OCHO for eight straight hours of dance music delight.Listen to OCHO on SiriusXM
Kicking things off is AJ Christou, the rising star out of Manchester who has made his name through high-level selections and productions in the world of minimal tech house. He got his start with a residency at the legendary club Sankey’s, before relocating to New York, where he secured a deal with Cuttin’ Headz, the label of The Martinez Brothers. His sets are smooth and intoxicating, and his releases have received support from Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Franky Rizardo, Solardo, and more.
A verifiable monster behind the decks, Bastian Bux, is among the select few resident DJs for the iconic party brand elrow. He is a trusted selector with the privilege and honor of performing at and setting the stage at elrow parties worldwide. From minimal to deep house to techno, Bastian knows exactly what vibes to play and when to play them.
One of, if not the hottest, young acts out of the UK right now, Jaden Thompson is exceptional. He started with an early residency at the legendary London club fabric, and quickly began to receive support from artists like Seth Troxler (whom he collaborated with) and The Martinez Brothers. Not one for splashy marketing campaigns, Jaden lets his music do the talking with two massive singles already under his belt: “Only One” and “Closer.”
Born and raised in Croatia, Matroda has undergone a serious journey to arrive at his current sound. He made waves early in his career for unique, genre-bending bass house music. As he grew and progressed as an artist, however, his preferences delved deeper. As a result, the last few years for Matroda have seen the Croatian wonderkid transition into tech house, bringing his unique stamp to the genre.
The 22-year-old DJ from London has had a hot start to his career, to say the least. One of his most popular releases to date says as much, “Future Looks Bright.” Max Dean is your favorite DJ’s favorite DJ. A listen through his catalog is a playlist of major DJ’s best IDs. We cannot wait to see what is next for the young prodigy.
The indie dance meets punk rock image Nala cultivates has made her a standout in house music since the release of her Dirtybird debut, “Red,” with Steve Darko in 2021. Her follow-up solo EP, Psychic Attack, further cemented her unique voice as one of the few in dance music that has something to say with her music. And now she’s struck out on her own with Mi Domina, a record label and femme-dominated platform.
There is not enough room on the page to describe the career of Riva Starr. The Italian DJ has been building himself up for decades, with smash release after smash release, crafting a sonic narrative as an artist who never disappoints. Simply sit back, listen to him spin, and enjoy.
A refusal to conform to any one genre makes Tara Brooks a fascinating and compelling artist. Coming from California, she’s built herself up through carefully selected performances on the biggest stages in the world. After catching the eye of John Digweed, she has made his label, Bedrock, a home, releasing numerous impactful singles and EPs. Her soundscapes are rich and emotional, and one can expect to fully embark on a sonic journey as she plays.