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“Mid-tempo hypnosis.”
Best known for:
Tune of the year:
“Kasablanca ‘Hold Me Close’.”
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “fknsyd.”
After breaking into the Top 100 DJs poll as the highest new entry in 2020, REZZ continues to hypnotise her cult of fans with her electro-powered productions and swirling LED glasses. This summer was a breakneck one for the Canadian whiz who picked up her postponed tour right where it left off. She hit massive venues like Brooklyn Mirage and Red Rocks Amphitheatre along the way, the latter of which hosted her REZZ Rocks series which has become a highly-anticipated annual tradition for her mile-high family.
Though the prodigy says as of late she’s been “relaxing and living a very normal life with close friends”, 2021 has not been without notable releases. REZZ joined forces with her champion and label mate Deadmau5 on ‘Hypnocurrency’. The two stormed the stage together at this year’s Electric Zoo Festival in New York City to perform the churning and menacing track which may be one of the best Mau5trap collaborations yet. In September, REZZ teamed up with Deathpact on ‘Chemical Bond’, a true snarler of a cut that pushes the bass to new boundaries, and to be honest, we’re all about it. All hail Space Mom.
How was your first gig back after lockdown?
“My first USA festival back was Sunset in Tampa and it was fucking amazing, and made me realise how much I missed playing shows.”
How has the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
“It’s been nice to slow down and tour less. I’ve been able to get my life more balanced and work on music, which has been great.”
What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change?
“Would be great to see single-use plastics not being used at events or clubs.”
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?
“Haven’t added anything new. I like to keep things simple.”
What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
“Billie Eilish ‘Happier Than Ever’.”