Although she has only been in the bass music scene for a little more than a year, Bay Area controllerist and producer WALA has already shared the bill with some of the biggest names in the business, including: FreQ Nasty, Thriftworks, Random Rab, Slugabed and more. She just released her new KaliKutta EP and is currently planning a summer festival tour and more releases later this year.
We had a chance to sit down and chat with WALA on a rainy San Francisco afternoon.
Controllerism.com: So how often are you performing now?
WALA: This week I’ve had five shows, it’s really out of control! I really put a lot into my sets, so when I have five shows a week I basically don’t sleep. I don’t like repeating myself and preparing tracks takes time. Even though warping a track in Ableton takes like 30 seconds for me now, when you’ve got 400 tracks it’s still a lot of time.
C: What got you started making electronic music?
W: I got into electronic music at Burning Man in 2005. This was before the days of really high production value stages, so the way I remember, it was literally a platform with some theatrical lighting and a DJ booth. It was in the middle of a dust storm and there was a huge crowd so all you could see were the outlines of people in the lights and this DJ dropped a dubstep track and it just hit me in my heart. The moment was exactly right with the energy of the crowd and the environment.