In the world of techno DJs and producers, there are some people who get it, and then there are some who don’t. It’s quite obvious that when listening to Kim Pohas aka Mojave’s sets and productions, that there’s a deep and fundamental understanding of the mechanics of techno and electronic music. If you’re to understand Mojave’s upbringing listening to hard underground music and you pin it up alongside a trained ear with a strong foundation in music theory and history, It’s easy to see why.
Mojave’s music comes from a very informed place and when you listen to her selections everything has an interaction and each part of the music is considered on its own. From tonal characteristics, rhythm, pitch, to that essential ill groove that most people seem to gloss over these days, she has it nailed down. Mojave’s musical choices, like all good techno, just make good sense, with function and flow down to every nuance.
Be sure to check out Mojave’s set at our next event.
Mojave has performed top nightclubs, festivals and the underground circuit throughout the U.S. and Europe, headlining Suicide Circus and SchwuZ (Berlin) and supporting the likes of Sasha at Minimal Effort festival (L.A.); DVS1, Volvox, DJ Hyperactive, Paul Johnson, Woody McBride at Even Furthur festival (WI); Radio Slave, The Advent at 6AM x INCOGNITO (L.A.); John Tejada at The Liquor Store (Portland); Kerri Chandler, Sonny Fodera, CamelPhat, Coyu, Mark Kinchen, Prok & Fitch, Harvey McKay, Noir, Danny Howard at Exchange (L.A); Matt Lange at Clinic Wednesdays (L.A.); Francesca Lombardo, Chus & Ceballos at La Cave.
Locally in Los Angeles, she is a resident DJ at MDA’s La Cave, PANIC, and regular performer at Exchange. Internationally, she holds a residency on Barcelona City FM and appears regularly on prominent radio shows like London’s Data Transmission, Madrid’s Radio3, and others in the U.K., U.S., Germany, and Canada. She serves as a social media manager for female:pressure, a Berlin-based international electronic music collective advocating for visibility of women and non-binary artists.
Her passion for discovering and sharing new music began as a kid growing up in Boston, exploring her parents’ vinyl collection and digging in local record shops. After spending her formative years playing in orchestras and Boston’s punk/hardcore scene, she moved to Los Angeles and New York and found herself quickly immersed in both cities’ dance music scenes. Her love for house and techno, and the warm social inclusion of these communities— the idea of the dance floor as a safe haven—inspired her to become a DJ, producer and event organizer to bring people together and promote these values.
Influenced by her classical training and upbringing on metal, classic rock, hip-hop, post-rock
and ambient music, Mojave delivers exciting, genre-blurring live sets and compositions, moving fluidly between soulful house, jackin’ techno, dark techno, ethereal ambient stretches and breaks. As the sources for new music evolve, she is on top of it, exhilarated by selecting fresh, diverse, emotionally evocative tunes that elevate the energy of the room, fill the dance floor and keep audiences guessing.