Mojave is a Los Angeles- and Berlin-based DJ and producer who specializes in soulful house and dark techno, drawing inspiration from the beauty and decay of Southern California's Mojave Desert. A multi-instrumentalist with a foundation in classical, jazz and music theory, formal training in sound design and production, she brings a sharp ear, unique sound and open mind to the decks.
She has performed top nightclubs, festivals, and underground parties throughout the U.S. and Europe, headlining Berlin’s Suicide Circus; supporting the likes of Sasha and Skream at Minimal Effort festival (LA); DVS1, Volvox, DJ Hyperactive, Paul Johnson, Woody McBride at Even Furthur Festival (Wisc.); Maya Jane Coles at 1015 Folsom/Noise Pop Festival (SF); headlining DEFSF (SF); Radio Slave, Robert Owens, The Advent at 6AM x INCOGNITO (L.A.); Tijana T at Focus (OC); John Tejada at The Liquor Store (Portland); Kerri Chandler, Sonny Fodera, CamelPhat, Coyu, Mark Kinchen, Prok & Fitch, Harvey McKay, Noir, Danny Howard at Exchange (LA); Matt Lange at Clinic Wednesdays (LA); Francesca Lombardo, Chus & Ceballos, GAWP at La Cave (OC); fundraisers at SchwuZ (Berlin) and Nublu (NYC).
In the world of techno DJs and producers, there are some people who get it, and then there are some who don’t. It’s quite obvious that when listening to Mojave’s sets and productions, that there’s a deep and fundamental understanding of the mechanics of techno and electronic music. If you’re to understand Mojave’s upbringing listening to hard underground music and you pin it up alongside a trained ear with a strong foundation in music theory and history, It’s easy to see why.
Mojave’s music comes from a very informed place and when you listen to her selections everything has an interaction and each part of the music is considered on its own. From tonal characteristics, rhythm, pitch, to that essential ill groove that most people seem to gloss over these days, she has it nailed down. Mojave’s musical choices, like all good techno, just make good sense, with function and flow down to every nuance.
Mojave holds down multiple residencies in the U.S. and Europe. In Berlin, she's a resident, social media coordinator, and organizer for female:pressure, an international collective advocating for women-identifying and non-binary artists in electronic music. In Los Angeles, she co-manages PANIC, an underground house/techno warehouse monthly (where she’s a resident alongside Mr. C), Jill's House, a soulful house event providing a platform for POC and LGBT artists, and NXT, an event series geared toward techno and progressive tunes.
A native Bostonian, Mojave spent her formative years playing in classical orchestras, jazz bands, studying music theory, slinging records for friends and family, and organizing shows in Boston’s underground punk/hardcore scene. Upon moving to New York and Los Angeles as a young adult, she found herself quickly immersed in the underground dance scene. Her love for house/techno and the warm social inclusion of these communities—the idea of the dance floor as a safe haven, where all are welcome—inspired her to become a DJ and organize events to bring people together and cultivate these values in her own communities.
Influenced by her classical training and upbringing on metal, classic rock, hip-hop, post-rock and ambient music, Mojave delivers exciting, genre-blurring live sets and compositions, moving fluidly between soulful house, jackin’ techno, dark techno, ethereal ambient stretches and breaks. As electronic music continues to evolve, she is on top of it, while staying true to the roots. In her soulful, high energy sets, she selects fresh, diverse, emotionally evocative tunes that elevate the energy of the room, fill the dance floor, and keep audiences guessing.
As a photographer, I love to shoot landscapes and cityscapes in my travels. I specialize in desert landscapes — hence my moniker — capturing all things Mojave Desert: Joshua Tree's vibrant sunsets, dusk and otherworldly terrain; Death Valley's Sahara-like sand dunes and salt flats; Salton Sea's post-apocalyptic shores; Route 66's Americana kitsch and hauntingly beautiful ghost towns; Palm Springs' mid-century modern architecture and striking backdrop of mountains and palm trees.
Palm Springs Museum
Open Desert Music and Photographic Arts Showcase
Palm Springs, California (USA)
Théâtre National Tunisien
Chouftouhonna, Le Festival International d'Art Féministe de Tunis (3ème Édition)
International Black & White Photography Contest