Nightwave is a Glasgow based DJ, producer, vocalist, club promoter and label boss with a punchy signature sound of acid, Chicago house, Detroit techno and electro fused with heady rave nostalgia.
Her releases on labels Unknown To The Unknown, Fool's Gold, Balkan Vinyl, Fabric, Ministry of Sound, Warp (as vocalist) and her own imprint Heka Trax have secured widespread kudos and praise from the world’s most respected music outlets.
An in-demand remixer, Nightwave recently lent her unique sound to Django Django, Franz Ferdinand and Carpainter. Nightwave continues to set herself apart as an exciting artist who is grounded in techno and rave club culture, yet impossible to pigeonhole and always displays the talent and nous that has attracted such diverse and respected labels to her music.
As a DJ, Nightwave has played major clubs and festivals around the globe such as Sonar Barcelona & Tokyo, Bestival, Movement, Bangface, Electric Picnic, Notting Hill Carnival, Outlook, Isle of Wight, Reading and Exit, and has shared stages with of the biggest name in dance music. Meanwhile, at home in Glasgow, she continues to run her own club night Nightrave, which recently celebrated its 5th birthday, and has hosted the likes of Lone, DJ Bone, Kode9 and DJ Deeon.
Those unable to attend her shows, can check out her DJ mixes on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Beats 1, The Fader, Dazed, NTS, Rinse FM, Triple J, Ninja Tune, I Heart Radio and Reprezent. Her 2017 live stream for Mixmag Lab was picked-up by Pitchfork, who proclaimed “Nightwave is as engaging a performer as you’ll find behind the decks. Whether working the mix or just vibing, her energy is infectious as she slices through styles like a hungry shark.”
On Nightwave's own tastemaker label Heka Trax, showcasing her passion for international, forward-thinking dance music, she's released fresh and exciting new global club sounds from Tokyo's Carpainter, Moscow’s Pixelord, Munich's Schlachthofbronx, Bossy Love, Paris' Big Dope P, Birmingham's TC4, and Hit It from the label-boss herself, feat. Chicago's legendary DJ Deeon.
Nightwave is also a passionate advocate for gender equality in the music industry; regularly hosting programming and DJ skills workshops for girls as young as eight. She also co-runs Producergirls, a free music production workshop for women, all over the UK and recently toured India as a part of British Council's Women In Electronic Music initiative. Finally, Maya recently earned her first feature film music credit working with the acclaimed director Rachel Maclean on 'Make Me Up'.
Selected discography Nightwave
Acid Mouse (Metro Jaxx)
Sanctuary EP (Fool's Gold)
Limelight (Fool's Gold)
Wavejumper EP (Fool's Gold Records)
Speakeasy (save Fabric compilation)
Ritual (Them Flavours)
Anahata (Balkan Vinyl)
Nightlife EP (Heka Trax)
TT the Artist - New New (Nightwave Remix) Moveltraxx
Hit It feat DJ Deeon (Heka Trax)
Magic Carpet (Heka Trax)
Altern8 – Armageddon (Nightwave Remix) Balkan Vinyl
Amarna (single) Wire Magazine Exclusive
Luxor EP (Heka Trax)
Festivus EP (Fortified Audio)
Night Heat EP (Unknown To the Unknown)
Dense and Pika – Plug vocalist
Rustie - Surph (Warp) vocalist
For You (single) Bleep Sonar Pack
The Feel EP (Svetlana Industries)
Hokusai Dreams (single) (Nihon Kizuna)
8Bitch - Glass Diamonds (RX TX)
Cassie – U & Me (8Bitch cover) (Local Action)
8Bitch – Equinox EP (Seed Records)
8Bitch – G41 (Slit Jockey) /
Adventures in dubstep and beyond (Ministry Of Sound)