KUALA Lumpur-based DJ Kuma is on a roll this month. Fresh from a return trip to headline Rumours in Yangon, Myanmar, last weekend, he’s set to swing over into his annual Europe travels next week.
He’s no stranger to the electronic dance music scene in Malaysia, for sure. His signature sounds of underground house and techno are his forte, together with a little more than 15 years of showcasing as a resident DJ for mega clubs in Kuala Lumpur, either opening for guest artistes or headlining himself, earning him the Most Outstanding House Music DJ accolade in 2015 in homeground, Kuala Lumpur.
The prime of his career began as early as 2003, marked by a distinctive era of dance music in Malaysia that played a considerable role in honing his skills and reputation.
Kuma has since established himself at the forefront of the global progressive techno movement. His ability to create a vortex in a room instead of a void has earned him some bragging rights as well as gigs at some of the most reputed residencies, clubs and large-scale festivals around the world.
In recent years, he has been widely associated with iconic trademarks including Zouk, Ibiza and European Music Festivals.
Kuma made his debut on the world stage of electronic dance music by being the first Malaysian DJ to perform at Ibiza clubs the likes of Eden, Hush, Es Paradis, Es Vive, Kanay and Ibiza’s biggest boat party for Radio 1 Ibiza.
He has since been returning to perform on the island year in, year out.
In recent years, some of Kuma’s notable showcases include Berlin’s famed underground clubs, Sugar in Australia, Womb in Tokyo, Pacha in Macau, plus appearances at ADE in Amsterdam.
Kuma makes regular quarterly appearances at the famed Jungle Experience Festival in Koh Phangan, Thailand. He was the first Malaysian DJ booked to play the world-famous Kazantip, then the hype of Asia’s Underground Festivals that was due to debut in Cambodia but then moved to Vietnam as Epizode.
Kuma was the pioneer international act booked in Yangon, Myanmar for their “Rumours” nights, to which he can now claim to be one of the main persons who influenced their underground electronic music scene.
He also held a three-month residency in Zouk KL for their underground house and techno nights Revolutions.
Kuma also juggles two of his own radio shows — Ibiza Radio 1 based in Ibiza, Spain and Frisky Radio broadcasting from New York — where his sets are heard globally, weekly and monthly.
On a producer’s note, Kuma has been releasing his own productions with several international labels — Kamagra on Shibiza Recordings, Acid Flux and Machine on ArpKord Records, Absolution on the Love International compilation together with Japan’s top DJ Satoshi Fumi and this year’s brand-new single Saigon Express on Baroque Records imprint Dlimited.
Catch Kuma this weekend at Le Noir KL Merdeka Weekender Sing it Black Saturday 1 September (with Jeneral Kai), before he swings over to Europe for an appearance at Sisyphos, Berlin on Sept 7, among others.
He next appears at Jungle Experience on Sept 23, added to his own home schedule that sees him play out the weekends at Le Noir KL, BarZhen, Daydream and more.