Maya Medvesek (aka Nightwave) is an internationally renowned producer, DJ, vocalist, club promoter and label owner. Maya is taking part in the Working in Music panel at Off The Record in Glasgow on Saturday the 11th of February. Ahead of the event we had a quick chat with her about her experience working in the industry...
How did you get your start in the industry?
When I first moved to London about 15 years ago I helped to run a techno label. I also used to write for music magazines doing the odd club and album review as well as some club night PR. When I decided to try and push my DJ-ing and production properly I stopped writing but the experience I gained was invaluable. In terms of my music, it all came from networking, being a bit pushy and fearless-sharing my mixes, tunes, trying to get feedback, this happened at the boom of social media which definitely helped!
As a producer, DJ and vocalist, what do you enjoy most about your job?
As much as I love creating, the real buzz for me comes from sharing and spending time with other people. The biggest privilege is making people dance and sharing that special experience with them.
What inspired you to set up your own label?
It's always been my dream but I think the real push for Heka Trax came from experiencing such delays in dealing with other labels (the market is so saturated). I also wanted to create an outlet for undiscovered artists and somewhere to share my vision of music, art and the whole party culture that has been such a big part of my life. It is my life still.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Meeting and working with my heroes and playing festivals around the world are up there but the highlight is probably young women messaging me and saying I inspired them. I feel so humbled by that.
Off The Record takes place at City Halls, Glasgow on Saturday 11th of February for 14-25 year olds. Tickets are £2, and include free lunch and a release with EmuBands worth £25!