Recently voted one of the world’s most influential DJs by Rolling Stone, described by Mixmag as the “Queen of the Underground” and championed by everyone from Damon Albarn to Massive Attack, 25-year-old Maya Jane Coles has already garnered the kind of acclaim most of her peers can only dream about even before she’s released a full-length album.
The British-Japanese all-rounder, who not only writes, produces and mixes her own material but also designs the sleeve covers, has been on the fringes of the deep house scene for ten years, having begun toying around with the Cubase software program at the age of fifteen.
Initially experimenting with trip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass and hip-hop, Maya Jane Coles then began honing the lush melodic sound that would become her forte on the likes of her Humming Bird, Focus Now and Beat Faster E.P.s, with 2011 release, “What They Say,” in particular, grabbing the most attention for its authentic late 80s house sound.
But Coles has also continued to explore other genres too, flirting with dubstep under the moniker Nocturnal Sunshine and forming dubby electronica duo She Is Danger with multi-instrumentalist Lena Cullen, who later went on to open for The Orb and remix Gorillaz, Ellie Goulding and Delphic.
Following sets at Ibiza’s Amnesia and London’s Fabric, along with recent slots at Coachella and the Ultra Music Festival, not to mention the Rolling Stone accolade where she placed higher than the likes of Carl Cox, Deadmau5 and Daft Punk, 2013 looks like it could be the year where Coles breaks through to the mainstream. Her upcoming first full-length studio effort, featuring a guest list that includes Hercules & Love Affair’s Kim Ann Foxman, French DJ Miss Kittin and trip-hop maestro Tricky, is one of the most eagerly-awaited of the year amongst dance music circles. And with Maya Jane Coles also promising to add “vocalist” to her list of many talents, it’s also shaping up to be one of the most intriguing.