For the past sixteen months, our resident DJ HAAi has played almost every Saturday at Phonox for six solid hours. Traversing through house, disco, techno and those otherworldly curiosities she’s renowned for, HAAi has gone from unknown to globe-trotting DJ in under two years and we’ve had the pleasure of following her success from the front row.
Music has always been HAAi’s life. Despite growing up in a remote Australian mining town, she’s always been deep into sounds from across the globe whether it be as lead singer and guitarist in the shoegaze and psyche band, Dark Bells or crate digging for obscure, Turkish funk, thai and tripped-out psychedelic records – her formative tastes lay ground for what was to come.
- We first saw HAAi play when she warmed up for Jacques Greene at the club in early 2016. Before that, we hadn't even heard her name. In honesty, we didn't know how to say it until we asked her (it's pronounced 'Hi'). It took less than two hours and ten minutes (her exact set time) for her to become the most exciting DJ on our radar. When we found her, she was playing six hours straight most weekends at Ridley Road Market bar in East London. Not only was her technique impressive but she had a range of selection which even some of the most distinguished DJs couldn't match. It felt like the most natural progression for HAAi to take over from Jasper James as the Phonox Saturday night resident when the time came a few months later.
- After taking over the residency, HAAi convinced the London club scene of her ability within a matter of weeks, single handedly selling out Phonox for months on end. Then came the invites from some of the most discerning clubs and festivals. Check Sunfall, Lost Village, the fabled Pikes Hotel Ibiza, Printworks, Oasis Festival in Morocco and of course her Boiler Room debut in Tel Aviv, all in a matter of months. From launching 'Coconut Beats'-a record label and club series focused on her own esoteric tastes in worldly dance music-to producing distinctive and textured tracks which linger with you long after your first listen, HAAi is on an upward trajectory which shows no sign of slowing…