Given the caliber of the musicians that grace its turntables, having your mix crowned BBC Essential Mix of the Year is one of the highest honors a DJ can receive.
In HAAi‘s case, being voted Essential Mix of 2018 is a testament to the her meteoric rise over the past few years. The Australia-born, London-based DJ has gone from playing in shoegaze bands to becoming one of the most in-demand DJs on the circuit, releasing two impeccable records on her own Coconut Beats label in the process. In the latest edition of our “One To Watch” series, we catch up with rising star at her home in east London to discuss the challenges of making music on the road and why she’ll never make a straight four-to-the-floor tune.
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