Alixkun is a Tokyo based master crate digger known for unearthing Japanese gems and introducing them back to Europe through his label ‘Once Upon A Time In Japan’. This combined with a background spinning house and techno that dates back to 2004, you can expect from his performance at Wonderfruit a true musical voyage across Japan, ranging from the deepest Balearic to the funkiest boogie vibe and with a touch of 80s Japanese ambient and synth-pop sounds altogether encapsulating the underground Japanese house scene.
With wide open arms, Wonderfruit welcomes Bobby Pleasure – DJ and producer extraordinaire all the way from London. Having cut his teeth as the label manager and A&R at 20/20 Vision Recordings for four years, he went on and found Needs in 2017 – the first ever charity label that raises awareness and profits for different charities through its releases with artists like Peggy Gou. As a DJ he’s a regular on the worldwide circuit at events like including Glastonbury, Houghton, Secret Garden Party, Dimensions, Love International, Fabric and Space Ibiza.
A unique trio beautifully in line with Wonderfruit’s music mantra, Cobblestone Jazz creates pared-down sounds that retain the qualities of improvisational jazz within the parameters of a minimal, dance-floor aesthetic. Through a real-time exchange of musical form, language, and ideas, Tyger Dhula, Mathew Jonson and Danuel Tate provide a continual sense of surprise and discovery for their listeners. Regulars on the festival circuit at events like including MUTEK Festival, Outline Festival and Strawberry Fields Festival, their music is created in one take, either culled from live performances or studio mixes, and their live shows are a representation of how they create music.
Costlywood is a Thai band born out of Bangkok whose music will remind you of the 60s, an era of surf and country music. Believing in the mantra that Brit Pop music has the power to transport us to another time and place, Costlywood thrives on harnessing that power with a broad audience of fellow music lovers and passionate musicians alike. They foursome have found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process.
A man that needs little introduction is Craig Richards, who for over 30 years has been an avid record collector, visual artist, producer, curator, creator, daydreamer, gentleman of the night and mind-altering selector. He is widely celebrated for his residency at London’s fabric nightclub but more recently for his curation, art direction and co-production of the UK electronic music and arts festival ‘Houghton’ – also something that he will be doing for The Quarry stage at Wonderfruit this year. He will take over The Quarry for two nights this year with a curation called 'Collisions' after his night at fabric and according to Richards, it will represent the finest purveyors of contemporary electronic music in the UK and Europe.
The coming together of CYK was an organic one. A couple of Tokyo’s finest house heads with the like minded goal of education young Japanese clubbers needed a platform for showcasing the music they loved, the international acts they looked up to and the local talent they knew needed it. CYK is a collective of DJs, organizers and promoters who perform together as a groovy b2b2b2b showcase and Wonderers can expect an exciting and immersive dance space.
Championing underground music since the “early days” puts Felix Dickinson in a caliber of artists that very few DJs can boast about. Even before his 10-year stint in Japan there were his touring achievements during the early formation of the UK house scene where he learned his trade DJing at illegal raves. Nowadays he remains a stalwart of the British dance and electronic music scene you can catch him at clubs like Fabric, Panorama Bar and DC10 and at festivals like Burning Man, Glastonbury and now, Wonderfruit.
Don’t worry, it’s not another Fleetwood Mac cover band (no one can do Stevie Nicks but Stevie Nicks). It’s a Fleetwood Mac rave! Hailing from the UK, Fleetmac Mood are a husband and wife duo that actually re-frame the music of Fleetwood Mac and turn it into a dance party that laces disco, house and techno into all the ubiquitous hits that have pulled on your heart strings for the last 50 years. And in case you’re struggling for Wonderfruit outfit ideas, attendees are always encouraged to dress up 70s inspired clothing. In fact, it’s not uncommon for women AND men to show up to Fleetmac Wood gigs dress like Stevie Nicks.
Sweden is basically a puppy mill for breeding class electronic acts and Gidge is further testament to that. Using the woods of the North as their inspiration, the music of Gidge harmonizes electronic music with organic elements like wooden and stone percussions that the duo recorded in the forests outside of Umeå. Voted by XLR8R readers as Best New Artist, Gidge are atmospheric, organic, dark and emotional, possessing all the making of a duo who will transport listeners from the Wonderfruit grounds to some faraway place.
Goldie & The Ensemble
“Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats – the drum ‘n’ bass rave is about to begin.” This is what you can expect from music maverick and production maestro Clifford Price, better known as drum ‘n’ bass legend Goldie, when he returns to Thailand with a larger-than-life live performance together with an orchestra of eight. Goldie & The Ensemble weave together drum ‘n’ bass melodies with trip hop rhythms and jazz chords that harmoniously bring to life his catalogue of music that spans more than two decades. Fans of Goldie can look forward to witnessing a watershed moment as the artist works to solidify the next milestone on his path to “leaving a legacy.” Preview the magic here.
Horse Meat Disco
“A queer party for everyone” is the branding that is in equal parts as intriguing as Horse Meat Disco, the name of UK’s finest disco operators who rose to fame after creating a safe queer space for the disenfranchised disco citizens of London. We’re still trying to figure out the inspiration behind the name but for now we can at least guarantee that this party will be a disco lover’s dream. Expect a colorful disco dance with all the trimmings that revives the classic vibe of NYC’s gay clubs in the 70s. Musically it’s a glittering disco behemoth of classics, italo disco, house, oddities, Afro, and punk funk.
Luminary of China's cyber underground scene, Howie Lee masterfully combines clattering percussion; skittering rhythms; found sounds and field recordings; and the sound of traditional China to create a hybrid club sound rooted in the Middle Kingdom, but built for our densely interconnected globe. He played the first-ever Boiler Room recording in China (an event that smashed global streaming records), and has clocked appearances at SxSW, the UK’s Shambala Festival and India’s Magnetic Fields. Howie will be bringing his visceral, high-energy, constantly evolving live show to The Fields this December.
Huun Huur Tu and Carmen Rizzo
Los Angeles-based producer, electronic musician and two-time Grammy nominee, Carmen Rizzo joins the Tuvan acoustic quartet Huun Huur Tu in The Fields to prove that Tuvan music can take plenty of intelligent innovation. Using traditional instruments and drawing subtly on 20th-century composers, funky rhythms, and the decades Huun Huur Tu have spent honing their overtone singing, the double act transform ancient songs into complex acoustic compositions.
Inspired by the Paradise Garage scene of the 70s and 80s, Jesse You evolved into an eclectic selector whose ever-expanding palette spans from classic and obscure disco to experimental ambient, house and techno, all of which he mixes together at the right moment with the right mood. In Korea, Jesse is regular on the underground club circuit playing venues like Cakeshop, Venue, Soap, Modeci, Seendosi, Alley Sound, Pistil and Contra, while his international catalogue lists venues like Savage, Potato Head, Spectrum Formosus, LYL Radio in Lyon, Discrete Circuits in Sydney and many more. Jesse You is easily one of the busiest DJs in the burgeoning Seoul scene, both solo and as half of Downtown alongside top-notch selector, Airbear.
One of Thailand’s most successful and best recognized reggae act, Job2Do came into national stardom and global recognition with the 2005 hit ’Doo Ter Tum’ that went on to be an anthemic Thai reggae/country song. Since his success, Job's music has made a massive impact on Thai country and folk music with his unique blend of reggae. He has had a huge influence on the popularity of reggae music in Thailand and his spirit and essence perfectly encapsulate what Wonderfruit artists are all about. Today, he continues to explore the bridges between reggae, ska, Thai country, folk and dub, all of which you fans of Job2Do will take in from his performance at Wonderfruit.
An active member of Tresvibes Soundsystem along with Satoshi Otsuki and DJ PI-GE, the Tokyo based artist is a stalwart in Tokyo clubs all over Japan as well as several of Japan's music festivals such as Rainbow Disco Club and Fuji Rock Festival. His touring has taken him as far as OT301 in Amsterdam, Fabric in London, Space in Ibiza, Tresor in Berlin and more. Kikiorix's DJ style today definitely has been influenced by a period when he lived in London and played its east end venues but it will be his first time to descend upon Thailand for his performance at Wonderfruit.
Knower are a searing hot music group from Los Angeles spearheading a new musical movement. The LA duo represent the best of drummer-producer Louis Cole and singer Genevieve Artadi and together they tour their hard-hitting funk, cool chords, deep melodies and funky vocals turning them into an incredibly imaginative off-world experience – exactly what we strive for at Wonderfruit. In fact, their viral videos, discography and live visual experience has become an international internet phenomena and that’s what caught our eye and know that you’ll love them. Known for their live show, they take their infectious energy to another level.
Age is nothing number and this couldn’t be truer about Kweku Collins, who at 21 has been making music longer than you may think - at just 4-years-old, Collins was on stage with his dad playing African drums. Today, the Chicago rapper/producer already has a few EPs under his belt and the old soul raps about young life and love. Expect a magnetic performance from the young performer full of airy melodies and melancholy lyrics that perfectly encapsulate the Wonderfruit vibe. Here is a sneak peek of the enigmatic artist.
La Mamie’s is a crew of DJs and event promoters that the same passion for vinyl and free-minded unabashed parties. Bringing the young scene together, they started throwing a dozen events in a disused home in outside of Paris before moving on the club in the French capital and finally setting up the Macki Music Festival with their buddies from Cracki Records. Through their events and performances, the collective is in constant search of creating the appropriate atmosphere where the festive spirit will prevail – which they will no doubt find is the case at Wonderfruit.
Comprising of two-time Grammy nominated producer and electronic musician, Carmen Rizzo, and multi- instrumentalist and artist, Joel Shearer, this Los Angeles-based duo's collective album credits range from Coldplay, Ryuichi Sakamoto to Damien Rice & AR Rahman. By recording remotely all over the globe from Berlin to Prague, Montreal to Moscow, the duo found the intersecting lines of analogue undertones and lush ambience in a collection of hypnotic songs called The Apostle Of Beauty.
New Zealand-born producer and multi-instrumentalist, Lord Echo, combines imagination and technical mastery of all but forgotten sound techniques to craft a sound that is instantly recognizable; creating a world where reggae and rocksteady rub shoulders with Latin music, disco, African soul and techno. Often performing as a six piece live band, Lord Echo and his band members have performed at WOMAD NZ, Adelaide Festival, Shanghai JZ Festival and numerous other shows around the globe.
Louis Cole is a Los Angeles based singer songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalists whose Wonderfruit performance will be his first time performing in Thailand. Celebrated as one of the world's most future-sonic-funk drummers and co-founder of Knower, his mission is “to create deep feelings through music.” Louis is especially known for presenting a show that you will never forget chock full of hook-laden electro-funk bullets and wistful, soft-focus balladry.
With a sound born in New York, ripened in London and refined in Berlin, Margaret Dygas is an artist whose sound possesses a true international resonance. With her broad musical background fueling her desire for electronic experimentation within her music, her productions and DJ sets incorporate the deep and dub-influenced sound she loves, whilst retaining the driving funk of her musical past. Her bi-monthly residence at Berlin’s Panorama Bar will give techno heads at Wonderfruit a taste of Berlin’s finest. When she’s not a Berghain, she weekly travels around the globe playing at events like Dimensions Festival, Movement and of course regular gigs at fabric.
Mathew Jonson (Live)
Mathew Jonson, the singular techno producer behind one of electronic music's most acclaimed live shows, really is one of a kind, and a perfect fit for Wonderfruit. With a keen understanding for the needs of the dance floor and the universal laws of house and techno, he's thrown out the rule book time and time again, sneaking tricks learned from electro and even drum 'n' bass into minimal clubs, and loading up his B-sides with tracks that do what they damned well please. Jonson has always been eager to get his hands dirty, and the music reflects that in gnarled bass sequences and long, intuitive lines.
Mendy Indigo is Bangkok's leading female underground DJ. It was after a journey to Nepal changed her life where she discovered her passion for electronic music that took her from her hometown of Korat the famous Ting Tong bar in Koh Chang. Since Bangkok became her home, she's crafted a distinctive sound of dark and melodic techno that’s sent her to perform all over Asia and Europe, sharing stages with Nicole Moudaber, Amelie Lens, Sam Paganini, Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Pan Pot, Derrick May, Kenny Larkin, Sven Väth just to name a few. Most recently she was the subject of a Mixmag documentary on global dance floors. She also hosts regular events in Bangkok and will bring with her that banging club vibe to Wonderfruit.
Midland has always been a chameleonic talent: a producer of surreal club cuts as well as modern pop songs; a house DJ always flirting with techno, disco and the sounds of his native UK. Known also for his kaleidoscopic taste with a mixing technique that nods as much to his British lineage as it does to a smoother European style, he has distinguished himself with sets as classy as they are utterly party rocking. Late at night and early in the morning, aboard boat parties on the Adriatic or on the carpeted dance floor at Freerotation, via regular slots at Panorama Bar, Dekmantel Festival and Fabric or his “all night long” events, he's given countless unforgettable moments to innumerable people and now it’s our turn at Wonderfruit.
Fans of live music, brace yourselves for a heavy dose of nostalgia with the return of the Molam Bus by Jim Thompson Art Center where you’ll step straight into a 70’s Thai village party. A cultural program in its own right, the converted bus cum exhibition space traces the social and political role of the folk and presents it as modernized Molam music. Inspired by Issan, the northeastern region of Thailand, the culture sets the theme around the bus as well as the colorful truck stage and performing bands. And all those epic photos from the past of Wonderers perched atop of an eccentric old fashioned bus? This is where you can recreate that experience for yourself by climbing the bus #DoItForTheGram
From Jupiter to Berlin and now Wonderfruit, Nicolas Lutz has always operated best on the very outskirts of dance floor culture. A master of mystery and relentless seeker, his knack for unearthing precious gemstones is uncanny thus his sets explore faraway lunar landscapes and charters through the depths of murky seas. Never one to compromise or contradict a steadfast musical philosophy, one only needs to see the owner of My Own Jupiter in action to understand the existence of his cult following.
Nightmares on Wax
Nightmares on Wax is one of the most influential artists of a generation, whose genre-blending music has inspired many musicians and producers across the globe over his quarter-century career. Hailing from the UK, George Evelyn, the man behind Nightmares on Wax, is Warp Records' longest serving active artist and has broadened the sound of the label through his marriage of soul, hip-hop, dub and timeless club sounds; paving the way for artists such as Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Mount Kimbie.
NJWA (aka Najwa Mahiaddin) is a singer-songwriter operating out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – not the first place that comes to mind when you think of modern RnB and soul. Her music is a rich mixture of warm, analog instrumentation, with subtle infusions of electronica and mild stylistic references to local musical traditions (Indian, Chinese, Malay) all enveloped by the breezy, mesmeric vocals of a seasoned singer. This is a music tailored-made for the mighty now: tastefully eclectic, future-retro in design, worldly, yet still firmly rooted in the place of its origin.
There is no end to composer Peter Broderick’s creative output, a multi-instrumentalist musician hailing from America who is known for a diverse range of solo projects, collaborations and compositions for cinema and dance. Masterful, gifted and emotive are the best way to describe his genre-defying category of music. Although he draws influence from Portland’s folk scene as a teenager, he has cut his own unpredictable path through the world of contemporary music that is appended by a massive list of credits that reads like a who’s who of 21st century independent, classical and experimental music.
Radioactive Man (Live)
Radioactive Man, also known as Keith Tenniswood, first fell into the world of electronic music in the mid 90s and has since been releasing music under a baffling array of pseudonyms on labels like Warp. But the live environment has always been a space where the Radioactive Man sound thrives and what he’ll be bringing to Wonderfruit this year. Working off a hardware set up, the full power of this razor-edged beat programming and fine honed melodic sonic palette, the live space has always been one of the biggest influences on his output - making music to be felt on the dance floor. It’s this approach that has always connected him with a loyal audience that has taken him from festival’s such as Glastonbury, Houghton, Dimensions and Sonar.
“When the drummers change their beats, the dancers must also change their steps,” is the mantra of Hong Kong based Florian Mélinette, DJ and co-founder of FuFu. Music lover from his boyhood, the French artist minds his time digging in order to drop relentless secret weapons and classics, switching from Chicago house to deep atmospheric melodies without forgetting some funky disco tunes.
Saoirse’s first foray into the field of electronic music came at a very young age, accompanying her mother to free parties and raves in her home country of Ireland. Nowadays, whether it’s playing alongside Ricardo Villalobos in Ibiza, supporting DVS1 in London or playing next to Objekt in Paris, it’s clear that promoters trust her ability to deliver. Whatever the setting – like when she performs at Wonderfruit – expect dub, ambient, house, jazz, electro, garage, techno and some surprises, alongside an unpredictable and cheeky mixing style coupled with palpable passion and creativity.
Sauce81, a Japanese artist known for delivering epic performances that showcase new possibilities for electronic music performers to jam with machines to. With raw and triggering beats, warm and ruff synth, rugged instrumentation and soulful vocals, Sauce81 bring deep funkiness into his machine grooves while singing over the tracks and mixing the songs. He is staple at Japanese music festivals like the colorful Rainbow Disco Club and Sonar Sound Tokyo, as well as appearances all over the world like at the Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona and 5 Years of Boiler Room.
Seb Wildblood is a DJ, producer and label head of south London’s party-cum-label Church and whose music explores the deeper side of electronic music. His own productions emanate warm, hazy and downtempo house vibes and see regular support from artists like Move D, Gilles Peterson & Mary Anne Hobbs to name a few and his sets have a garnered him a reputation for taking his audience on a journey exploring the deeper side of electronic music.
Using elements of pop, R&B, electronic and jazz, New York-based Thai-Swedish singer Sirintip creates a sound that is uniquely her own. Stretching across three continents and cultures (Thailand, Sweden and America), her remarkable debut album Tribus is a gathering of different moments from the last four years of the singer/composer’s life. Outside of her album, Sirintip has recorded with Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance, performed with Benny Andersson, opened at the Polar Music Prize, performed for the King of Sweden, honored the King of Thailand, and twice performed and composed musical interpretations of the Nobel Prize nominations.
Sisi was born into and grew up in an area heavily influenced by psychedelic culture until the first emerging wave of minimal music. As he was moving through his music career, the depth of his soul and his impulsive attraction to dance music led him to the unique mixed music of disco, world music and house. He has been drawn to unknown unique style of music, and his deep longing is to create Japanese original innovative dance music as he plays an important role of a resident DJ at Rainbow Disco Club, which creates the world-wide innovative dance movement that will come to Thailand for Wonderfruit for the very first time.
Our most iconic structure returns to The Fields this year with the Solar Stage once again with a monumental reconfiguration. Coming alive at sunrise and sunset with DJs and a vibe that carries over from its Burning Man roots, the transformative space is designed for exploring, climbing, dancing and gathering in and around the structure while DJs play up close and personal sets for sunrise and sunset worshippers. The experience is an integral one to the overall Wonderfruit experience and is revered by many as the focal point of the festival with friends, families, dancers, performers and more all coming together in syncopated harmony. The geometrical architecture is an installation by LA-based architect, designer, artist and inventor Gregg Fleishman whose modular structure is made out of sustainably harvested wood and is assembled, disassembled and redesigned each year. The Solar Stage will host artists including Craig Richards, Nicolas Lutz, Gidge, Libella. Lord Echo, Louis Cole, Seb Wildblood, Young Marco, NJWA, Stars and Rabbit and more.
Icelandic songstress Sóley has attracted a huge following with her dark, fairytale song craft over the last years. Her devoted fan base oft laud her for her delicate take on composition with songs emitting “dream-like” qualities and “dark surrealism”. The experimental artist draws influence from other Icelandic bands like Sigur Ros and likes to explore new sounds and space in her music and compositions for accordion drone, theremin, voices, mellotron and synthesizers. Her dark and nocturnal themes are known to mesmerize audiences so we’re bracing ourselves for a spellbinding performance at Wonderfruit.
Stars and Rabbit
In equal parts charming and unforgettable, Stars and Rabbit are arguably Yogyakarta’s finest export when it comes to music. Raw simplicity in composing, arranging and performing pop-folk music is what Stars and Rabbit’s music is all about with every song steeped in personal experiences, threaded through with filaments of imagination. As further evidenced by their use of pop and folk influences as well as their unique sounds, the duo has proven to be willing to push their limits and thus catapulted the pair to international fame. Their videos are whimsical, imaginative and unapologetically creative, and are exactly what you can expect from their stage performance at Wonderfruit.
Soul/pop singer, songwriter and producer SYPS writes songs without being constrained by genre boundaries. Born in Florida to an English mother and Greek father, yet having grown up in Bangkok, Thailand, SYPS sees himself as a musical bridge between the East and the West. Having written for some of the most adored megastars in both Thailand and China, he has been able to find his own unique sound and fine tune his personal writing style. With a combination of soulful vocals, storytelling charm, high energy and unforgettable hooks, SYPS is an artist that you won't want to miss.
Delve into The Quarry, our potent nightscape and storied late-night destination that hosts our signature after-hours music program. Utterly immersive and ultimately memorable, The Quarry is designed by Bangkok based design team all(zone) and is the de facto meeting place for creatures of the night as it only gets going after all the other stages draw their curtains and goes until the sun comes up. A wetland that nourishes our fields during the rainy season, The Quarry dries up at end of the year and its low rising canopies become a ceiling with floating structures folded and flowing into this natural venue, creating monumental spaces for dancing and gathering while shaping tree-lined pockets into chill-out zones. The vibe is house and techno, the feeling is jungle and the mood is energizing. This year, The Quarry will be curated by none other than longtime Fabric resident Craig Richards. The curation is titled 'Collisions' after his own night at the fabled London nightclub and will see his handpicked selection of artists descend upon The Quarry including Bobby Pleasure, Craig Richards, Felix Dickinson, Margaret Dygas, Mathew Jonson (Live), Mendy Indigo, Midland, Nicolas Lutz, Radioactive Man (Live), Saoirse and more.
Originally from Lyon, Tok moved to Asia a few years ago and is now based in Hanoi but spent a decade all around Europe exploring the different clubs and parties thus developing a real talent to play an eclectic mixture of house, techno and world music over the years. Wonderers can expect to be surprised by his ability to change the rhythm of the moment, by throwing solid tracks on the dance floor with an unexpected creativity and accurate technique.
Toshio Matsuura was a founding member United Future Organization (U.F.O.), a collective that formed in 1990 at the beginning of Japanese club culture and went on to release five full albums in 32 countries. In 2013, he gathered talented and forward-thinking artists that were based in Tokyo to produce a project called HEX, which presents Tokyo’s progressive form of jazz to the world. Today he hosts two revered radio programs in Japan called ‘Tokyo Moon’ and ‘WW Tokyo’, the latter streaming to Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM.
“Good music is simply good music. I refuse to be pigeon-holed and the crowd shouldn’t be either!” – is the personal philosophy of Singaporean talent Ulysses. Never one to play it safe behind the decks during his DJ sets, Ulysses draws from a wide repertoire of musical styles ranging from house, slow-mo beat down bangers, disco, jazz, techno, broken beats and anything that is across the sonic spectrum – exactly the style of versatility that we look for at Wonderfruit. His genre-bending sets are said to have one of the most impressive playlists, garnering respect and admiration from his peers.
Hong Kong based collective Utopia is one half Marco Yu and one half Finsent C who together founded the DJ crew and club brand that has become synonymous with Hong Kong’s ever evolving nightlife. Both members have played music all their lives, ranging from guitars to drums before crossing over to electronic music. Together they merge their musical style with techno, deep house and electronica and bring with them to Wonderfruit this small slice of Hong Kong.
There was a time when Marco Sterk aka Young Marco’s talents as a DJ and producer were among Amsterdam’s best-kept secrets. For well over a decade, he plied his trade, largely unheralded, on the city’s underground dance music scene. These days, he is widely known around the world for his ballsy, genre-defying eclecticism, playing sets that join the dots between everything from tropical rhythms, afro gems and quirky Middle Eastern disco, to lost proto-house, throbbing techno and industrial-strength jack-tracks.