Exclusive Mix & Interview
December 8th, 2019
Genre: Downtempo / Folktronic / Organic House / Balearic
Label: Ohxalá Records
Welcome. Very glad to have you two as guests. Introduce yourselves to our audience. Anything special you would like them to know?
Hi :) Thank you for inviting us. We are Luis and Maria - a couple of producers from Portugal. We create music by the name Ohxalá.
Let’s take it back for a moment. Tell us about when and how you two first met and how you started working together.
We actually met at a party. We both love to dance and to go out so during our rave nights, we started to talk and dreamt about making a project together and WeLoveBass (our 1st project together) was born.
After this, we went to play in Germany where we came in contact with this slow Downtempo and down pitched music. Our first track as Ohxalá was created at a friends house in Hamburg.
"Doing mixtapes is a complicated process for us because we almost never prepare our shows in advance. We like to check the place, vibe and the people."
Music selection. Tell us about your mixing process. As a duo, how do you two combine your styles into one?
We have similar taste which makes it easier. We both listen and pick new stuff all the time. We then listen to all the tracks and If we both like the track, we keep it in our mixes.
Before Ohxalá was formed, what solo projects were you involved with?
Maria had a very cool DJing project called "Hong kong Deejays and Luis had a bunch of other projects and bands (Manoevres, Dj 5NAR3, Kaputz Deejays)
Ohxalá Records. Tell us about it.
For us, it was a logical step. We want to be around music as much as we can so we decided to start Ohxalá Records. To create a platform where we can make some cool things and invite cool artists. In 2020, we want to create some cool different projects.
"For us, it was a logical step. We want to be around music as much as we can
so we decided to start Ohxalá Records."
Let's talk about the future. What would you like to accomplish? Career or personal.
We just finished a new EP and we are on the final touches with our first album. It's a bit different and more focused on Portuguese language than our last releases but we believe people will love it and dance to it.
We had an amazing year and we hope 2020 is even better for our music and for us as people.
What is the best street food in Porto (Portugal) ?
Francesinha and Pataniscas de Bacalhau
Ohxalá, in a few sentences. Tell us about this mix you made for us. Where did you get your inspiration? Is there anything special you want the audience to know?
Doing mixtapes is a complicated process for us because we almost never prepare our shows in advance. We like to check the place, vibe and the people. We start to build our sets “in loco”. For this one we decided to pick some of our favorites tracks to play at the moment. Hope you guys like it :)