Slovenia-born Glasgow based Maya Medvesek, better known as Nightwave is an internationally established DJ, producer, vocalist, club promoter & label boss.
2019 was a busy year for Maya-aside from DJ mixes for Mixmag, Crack, DJ Mag, Groove Mag, Ransom Note and Boiler Room show from her hometown of Glasgow she also released three records. ‘Psychic Tonic’ (DEXT Recordings), ‘Rainbow Body’ (DABJ) and ‘The Journey’ (Musar Recordings) all garnered great press, radio and playlist support with Pitchfork, RA, Mixmag, Spotify and BBC R1 being particular highlights. At the end of the year Juno Download picked 'Psychic Tonic' as one of 2019's best techno records and RA listed three Nightwave tracks in their Best of 2019 Spotify playlists.
Renowned for her energetic DJ sets, Nightwave has played major clubs and festivals around the globe such as Sonar Barcelona & Tokyo, Riverside, Pressure, Bestival, Movement, Bangface, Electric Picnic, Notting Hill Carnival, Outlook, Isle of Wight, Exit...has toured Asia and Australia and shared stages with some of the biggest names in electronic music. Her extensive mix archive can be found on her Soundcloud and features recordings for Resident Advisor, Crack, Mixmag, Ninja Tune, DJ Mag, The Fader, BBC, NTS, Beats1 etc. Back home in Glasgow she is a resident of La Cheetah Club and continues to run her club night Nightrave which has hosted the likes of Lone, DJ Bone, Laurel Halo and Nathan Fake and is now entering its 7th year.
In the last 10 years she has released a number of records, continually reinventing her sound and exploring a vast array of influences grounded in Detroit techno, electro, acid, Chicago house and old rave nostalgia. Her releases on labels like Unknown To The Unknown, DABJ, Fool's Gold, Balkan Vinyl, Fabric etc received wide-spread support. She is no stranger to working with singers and rappers (Rye Rye, Ashnikko, TT the Artist, Chippy NOnstop...) and is a vocalist herself with features on various imprints, most notably Rustie's seminal album 'Glass Swords' on Warp Records, which they also performed live at one of BBC's legendary Maida Vale sessions. A prolific remixer, she lent her unique sound to Franz Ferdinand, Django Django, Wayward, D Double E and many more. In 2019 Nightwave also earned her first feature film soundtrack credit for Rachel Maclean's 'Make Me Up.'
On Nightwave’s own tastemaker label Heka Trax (est. 2013) she showcases her passion for versatile and forward-thinking sounds by releasing fresh music from artists around the globe, including 3 EPs by the label-boss herself and one featuring Chicago legend DJ Deeon.
Maya is also a passionate advocate for gender equality in the music industry, regularly hosting production and DJ skill classes for girls as young as eight. She also co-runs Producergirls, a free UK workshop for women and has lectured at the EU initiative in Brussels as well as India as a part of British Council’s Women In Electronic Music project. She has participated on many music industry panels (WIRE, St Andrews University, CAMP, Resonate, Movement etc).