The WAV Awards: Favorite Events We Attended in 2022

From coast to coast (and over the pond to Europe and beyond), music fans worldwide were immersed in a variety of live events during 2022. After a tumultuous 2020 and 2021, many music event organizers worldwide came back stronger than ever to take on the new year in full force. Here are a few of […]

The WAV Awards: Favorite Releases of 2022

Across all genres of electronic and dance music, fans were graced by an outpouring of new singles, EPs, and albums during 2022. From the minimal tech house mastery to wonky beats, hyperpop, and everything in between, we found ourselves going back to many of the instant hit releases this year, but there were a few […]

The WAV Awards: Favorite Artists of 2022

When we reflect on 2022, many of us found ourselves celebrating, vibing out, and healing to music from our favorite artists. From January to December, many established artists and rising stars solidified their place in the music world. Here are a few who made a big impact. Alix Perez In much of the underground music […]

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Who is Hello Yes? Eclectic Live Duo Open Up Ahead of New EP

The electronic outfit Hello Yes smashed their debut set at this year’s Lightning in a Bottle festival. The duo consists of Aaron Leibowitz on saxophone and Mitch Bell on guitar, who first crossed paths while touring with Grammy-nominated electronic artist ZHU.  A few years, a debut EP titled Listen Clearly, and several tours later, the […]

STS9 Unveils Secrets Behind 25 Years of Success

Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) is one of the most successful and decorated touring acts in North America today. Yet, the band admits to its unofficial title of being “The Biggest Band You’ve Never Heard Of.” “Tribe,” as they are known by fans worldwide, has headlined stages of nearly every major music festival, making repeated, […]

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Maddy O’Neal Reflects on Transformational Sophomore Album, Ricochet

Music is a powerful form of expression and self-exploration. In times of struggle, music is a luminous lighthouse that guides us through the turbulent waters — a beacon guiding us back to solid ground. There was a time when Maddy O’Neal, a future bass and dance producer with deep roots in Colorado’s electronic jam scene, […]

SOFI TUKKER: Meaning Behind ‘WET TENNIS’ & How It Landed Them ESPN Fame

“What we really wanted to say with the album is that we always have a choice to look at the positive in every single scenario.” Those are the words of Sophie Hawley-Weld, 1/2 of the bombastic and colorful duo SOFI TUKKER, echoing the radiant outlook and ethos they plastered all over their latest, internationally acclaimed […]

Dynamic Duo RaeCola Reflect on Their Roots, Future of Ghetto Tech House

Electrifying the city of Chicago in the mid-1980s, the electronic genre “ghetto house” stylized an underground culture of club music that combined disco, synth music, 70s soul, and funk. The genre evolved to combine an impressive array of influences, eventually mixing techno and juke beats with heavy bass drops and the classic upbeat rhythms of […]

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A Look Back at the Careers of Tastemakers Walker & Royce

Stemming from a background of widespread styles in dance music and years of evolving their eccentric sound to support it, Walker & Royce have crafted a striking name for themselves within the music industry.  The dynamic duo recently delivered a summer season tune with a heavenly remix of Idris Muhammad’s 1977 disco classic, “Could Heaven […]

MLOTIK: From Humble Beginnings to Playing The Caverns

Polish Chicagoans Michal Mlot and Mariusz “Mario” Wac, better known as MLOTIK, come from a grungy background of underground UK dubstep and heavy metal. Being a part of Mind Warp Mgmt alongside Mersiv and Smoakland, it is evident that this duo is on the rise.  More recently, they have provided support for Liquid Stranger, and […]