DJ NAME née Maria Wang is a newcomer to Montreal’s scene, but whose passion for techno and for Montreal has been evident since the beginning.
Maria was born in Qingdao (China) before migrating to Sydney when she was 3 years old. Relocating to Montreal 10 months ago, she sank her teeth right in the middle of the techno scene, precisely at the center of the dancefloor. Indeed, any Mile-End raver knows maria for her artful and energetic dancing, as though she teleported straight from a warehouse rave circa 1992. Only someone with a deep love of music can dance like that.
When she started DJing with a residency at a local establishment called Blizzarts, many people already knew exactly who Maria was. Umfang even told me at our last Equinox party that Maria was her favorite dancer.
Musically, Maria serves “vigorous acid, revitalizing breaks, robust electro and agitated techno — all playfully presented” (in her own words).
DJ NAME has since been playing all over town, from Datcha to The Plant and many loft raves; this summer she will be debuting at Piknic Électronik. On May 11, we are thrilled to have Maria open for Noncompliant aka DJ Shiva, presented in collaboration with LIP and Artgang Plaza.
I’m always drawn to white labels in the hopes of finding some super niche bootleg content, but most of the time it just ends up being a promo. This one scrawls “slinky bumpy dark track” on the A-side. It’s a simple, functional, effective record – techno that doesn’t pretend to be anything else. I’d probably play any of these tracks at mid-rave. It sounds great on 33 too!