The newest member of the OWSLA family has been making huge waves in the past few months with some epic original releases and collabs, and an electrifying skill set behind the decks. Her set at coachella was all you needed to experience to understand why the EDM scene is so in love with Mija right now.
On Friday night of the second weekend, Her high energy, wobble infused sound tore The Do Lab to shreds on took no absolutely prisoners. I swear I even saw smoke coming off the CDJ’s halfway into her set. Mija played a combination of unreleased music from herself and other DJ’s as well as some classic house tunes that didn’t get out of my head until the following weekend. This woman is blowing up for all the right reasons and we couldn’t be more excited. Before her set, Amber was kind enough to sit down with us and let us pick her brain about a few things in this awesome post-chella interview. Check it out below, and check out our full review of Coachella here.
Who was it that inspired you to get into the scene?
“It’s actually really funny, this guy DJ Hixxy; he’s a happy hardcore DJ from the UK. He and Pendulum were my favorites for quite a while. Drum and bass and happy hardcore was my niche.”
How did you and Skrillex meet?
“I Booked Skrillex 5 years ago in Phoenix when I was still a promoter right before he blew up. Fast forward 5 years and he shows up on my stage at Bonnaroo and said let’s go back to back. Then we played at Burning Man and we’ve been really good friends ever since.”
What’s it like to be one of the newest members of the OWSLA family?
Well it all happened really organically so it feels great. I feel like I’m surrounded by some of the nicest and realest people I’ve ever met in the industry; so I’m just incredibly grateful and humbled to be a part of such a dope family.
Is there a genre you want to try out but haven’t yet?
Drum and bass. Like I said that’s what got me into EDM. When I first started DJing I tried playing D&B I had no idea what I was doing. Its super easy now, but playing 160 bpm was really overwhelming for me back then. So now that I’m super comfortable I’d love to go back and crush it. Hopefully that’ll happen soon.
Do you have any advice for other women in the industry trying to break into the male dominated DJ culture?
My biggest piece of advice would be to just be a real person. Lots of girls try to play off their sexuality in the industry and that’s one way to do it, but I feel that if you’re just putting out dope music and being a real human being people resonate with that much more.
Do you like where house music is headed right now? What would you like to see more of?
I really like where it’s headed as far as that Dubstep-infused house style like Jauz, he’s crushing it right now on that level. I’d like to see it keep the dubby aspect of but get a little more techy or even like more disco. I fucking love disco. I’d love to see disco house come back.
What’s next for you? Any big plans for the future?
Lots of touring, I’ll be getting the studio with a lot of artists that I can’t quite talk about yet yet but I’m excited about all that. I’m really excited for the train tour we have coming up through Canada. It’s Jack U, Kiesza, me, Zeds Dead, Tycho, Hundred Waters and Anna Lunoe. Anna and I are actually going back to back the whole tour so it’s gonna be a really fun.
What do you like to do when you’re not in the studio?
I’ve been skating a lot recently. I just bought a little cruiser board to take with me a on flights and stuff. I rarely have any downtime anymore but I’d say skating’s been my go-to.
What’s your dream collab?
That’s so hard. Do they have to be alive? Dream collab I’d say Jim Morrison. Alive collab I’d want to do something with Marshmello. Or even Trippy Turtle, that would be sick.
What’s the best part of Coachella for you?
This is my first year and we just got here so I’d say the best part so far is being here for the first time and getting to play. I’m really excited about that.