Maracuya blends tracks across the ‘hardcore continuum’ with genres from further afield, such as amapiano and kuduro. She has played revered venues such as The Golden Pudel in Hamburg, The White Hotel and Soup Kitchen in Manchester, as well as UK festivals Parklife and El Dorado.
“I originally come from the Wirral but I’ve been based in Manchester since 2014. Outside of DJing, I’m also a front-end web developer. I’m super passionate about tech and I hope to eventually marry these two skills together in some way! I also love yoga and I practice daily. My favourite styles are vinyasa and yin.”
A regular across internet and FM radio, she has guested on BBC Radio 6Music and NTS, and held down residencies on SWU.FM, Subtle and Reform Radio.
Maracuya is also a resident for collective @notbadforagirlmcr, she frequently hosts parties across Manchester and beyond, championing local and international female and non-binary artists.
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Favourite labels of all time?
“There’s quite a wide range here – TraTraTrax, Impact Records, Kniteforce Records, Hooversound Recordings, Analogical Force, Future Bounce, Renk Groove Recordings, Scuffed Recordings, Needs (Not Wants), Live At Robert Johnson. There’s probably more but too many to list!”
Number 1 guilty pleasure record…
“Kylie Minogue – Love At First Sight (Ruff & Jam US Radio Mix).
Fun fact – I saw Kylie live at Glastonbury back in 2019 and it’s one of the best highlights of my life so far.
It’s a slothy Sunday… what tune are you hanging out to?
“I’m known for playing fast and furious music but when I’m chilling out I often turn to dub or the more chill, dubbier side of old school dubstep. My favourite dub tune is Mad Professor – Fast Forward Into Dub, and favourite chill dubstep tune is Conquest – Forever.”
When digging, what are two of the things that draw you to a record?
“When digging, firstly I look for uniqueness in a record, such as overlapping genres and styles that you wouldn’t usually hear mixed together within one track. I also look for a consistent quality in the arrangement throughout the song – I ensure that the track is exciting from the beginning, through the middle and right until the end. I only buy bangers, basically!”
One record that sums up your happiest memories and where does it bring you back to?
“Alexander Robotnick – Undicidisco.
“The late, great Andrew Weatherall ended his set at Refuge, Manchester with the absolutely banging edit by Justin VanDerVolgen. His entire set was just absolute bliss, and meeting Andrew afterwards too was the cherry on the cake. I feel grateful to have met him before he passed.”