Interview Series: Mahalo

This week we bring you a brand new “Interview Series” featuring none other than Mahalo aka Nick Jay. Having put out some killer remixes and originals over the past few years, Mahalo is gearing up for what looks to be his biggest year yet. He’s been taking the stage at various events across the country and we get the feeling he’s just getting started. Enjoy an exclusive Q&A we did with him as well as his track “Current Mood” below. Don’t forget…no pineapple on your pizza, kids.

Your growth in 2016 has led to a busy 2017, how has the year been for you?

Mahalo: While it is definitely the busiest year I’ve ever had it has also been my favorite so far. Lots happening to be excited about!

Is it difficult to balance your music/work-life with your personal one?

Mahalo: Absolutely. I wouldn’t say it’s anything unmanageable but it’s definitely becoming more and more difficult to make time for the more leisurely things in life.

Big shows are becoming a regular thing for you, anything special coming up?

Mahalo: This year I’m performing at EDC which is very special for me. I’ve been going to EDC since I was teenager so it’s a major milestone for me as an artist.

Is pineapple on pizza a good or bad thing? (we know, we know)

Mahalo: A token Hawaii question, huh Alex? Haha dude never put pineapple on your pizza.

Any upcoming releases?

Mahalo: My new track “Heaven” drops the 23rd of June with Adam from Eton Messy/Blonde’s new imprint, Night Beast Records and as part of a joint venture with Perfect Havoc. Very excited for this one.

Special announcements?

Mahalo: Lots! but it’s still too early to announce so all I can say is stay tuned 🙂

Pat Lok – Stay Together

Pat Lok is a man of many hats when it comes to what genre he plays. From Deep House to Blog House, his signature sound always persists regardless of tempo or vibe. “Stay Together” sits nicely between Deep and Future House with a crazy-infectious vocal track. Pat commands some of the best drops in the game, which is more than evident here. One moment you’re swaying to a breakdown…the next you’re having a dance party. Keep an eye out for his new album dropping soon…

Shy Luv – Time (Peggy Gou Remix)

Get ready to get down with this fine remix from the incredible Peggy GouShy Luv are a relatively new act on the scene. They have a penchant for creating catchy and infectious tunes that carry a ton of energy. Their latest release, “Time“, gets a laid-back and late nite treatment courtesy of Peggy. Her take on this track takes us back to 1975 with an excellent flute line that we can’t get out of our head.

This isn’t a track that is going to impress you with fireworks. It does so instead with a clever and driving arrangement that surprises you. The piano is understated but it beautifully fits in with the rest of the song.

Just Kiddin – More To Life

Need something that has the perfect mix of inspiration and big dance sounds? Look no further. Our good friends Just Kiddin are gearing up for Summer with their new track “More To Life”. The Potion Records releases sees JK take another massive step towards dance floor glory with a track that is perfect for anytime, anywhere. Listening to this song may literally inspire you to feel like you have found “More To Life”…or at least more gold for your playlists!

Interview Series: Jez Ry (Acid Stag, Mammal Sounds)

Interview Series: Jez Ry (Acid Stag, Mammal Sounds) - DaiquiriHawk.comOver the past 10 years, bloggers and independent musicians have shared an increasingly important bond. While the mainstream is mostly controlled by organizations the independent landscape is rich with talent. So how does one go about finding this talent? Even more so, how does one provide such artists with a platform for exposure?

Australian super-blog “Acid Stag” and PR company “Mammal Sounds” founder, Jez Ry is a master of discovering great music. The founder of Acid Stag is constantly covering the freshest and most genuine music being created today. Catering to no specific sound, genre, they bridge the gap between popular artists and those who are up and coming. His work with Mammal Sounds goes deeper with Jez pushing various artists who’s works may go otherwise unnoticed.

His passion is apparent and he has done well to make an ever growing name for both Acid Stag and Mammal Sounds. We had the chance to ask him a few questions and we gladly did so 🙂

1. What made you want to get into music PR and blogging?

Acid Stag; I was always on the hunt for new tunes and sharing them with (hassling) my friends on Facebook or whatever, then after a a year or so of watching me do this, my boyfriend at the time suggested we make a music blog and start putting these tracks up there, so we did, and that was the birth of Acid Stag and within 6 months I was doing a phone interview with one of my favourite bands of all time, The Rapture – insane!

Mammal Sounds; I began managing some friends of mine a few years ago called Back Back Forward Punch. I just wanted to help them get their music out there, and thought that being a band manager would be pretty cool, haha. This was going quite well for just over a year before I took on another duo called Midnight Pool Party, and from there things just kept rolling along very nicely. Before I knew it I was managing five insanely talented projects – cln, Golden Vessel, Midnight Pool Party, Back Back Forward Punch, and my newest guy Benji Lewis.

The publicity side of Mammal Sounds came from all of the terrible publicity Acid Stag was being sent. I felt so bad for these artists that were paying these people to promote their music in such a shitty way, and figured I could do a better job and really help them out, so I started doing publicity for other artists outside the MS mgmt roster, and that just seemed to take on a life of its own.


2. Both Acid Stag and Mammal Sounds share the work of artists across multiple genres. Are there any that you prefer in particular?

My tastes are quite varied actually…but you can see that from the content on Acid Stag I guess. For me it’s all about losing yourself in a really good song, a song that has an effect on you, whether that’s physical or emotional….and I will admit that I do have a bit of a soft-spot when it comes to disco 🙂


3. Which artists do you see making their mark in 2017?

haha, well I’d suggest keeping an eye on cln, Golden Vessel, Midnight Pool Party & Benji Lewis, who all have some pretty exciting things happening this year. I do also have my eyes on a few other talented artists but I don’t want to give them away just yet 🙂


4. The Australian music scene has been red hot for years. How have you seen it change over time?

When I was growing up it felt like Australia was just so far away and disconnected from the rest of the world. I used to have to order CDs via a dial-up modem internet and wait weeks for them to arrive…it was painful!

There’s such an insane amount of young talented artists coming out of Australia these days. One of the things I love most about Acid Stag is being able to discover so many of these artists/musicians/producers on a regular basis, and that’s also how I met my guys cln, Golden Vessel, Midnight Pool Party and Benji Lewis!

ahh the internet, I’d be lost without you!


5. If you could meet yourself but a younger version…what advice would you give them?

don’t be scared, do everything 🙂


6. Favourite meal to enjoy before heading out for a show?

Hmmm, I think pizza is my preferred pre-gig dinner choice, a delicious vegetarian pizza with pumpkin!


Enjoy the latest HUMP DAY mix from Acid Stag and our good friends, Just Kiddin:


Midnight Pool Party – Vulnerable

New fresh cuts. If you were lookin’ for ’em, we got ’em. 

It’s kind of what we do here.

One of the most choice cuts, is the newest offering from one of our favorites around here, Midnight Pool Party, and their latest single, “Vulnerable“. This one is fitting perfectly with the recent cooler weather returning. Welcomed, to say the least, IMO.

Down-tempo house grooves flood through when the track begins, as a driving organ line builds the feels. Perfect for late night drives, this tune is a head-nodder through and through. While some of their other work has been a little more upbeat, this groove fits the songs so well, its a very nice change of pace, yet still vibes well in the MPP catalog. Two cups up from us.

If you are looking for a sweet soul lounge house burner (just made that one up…), tune your dials toward Australia, as the dudes of Midnight Pool Party are lookin’ for dance floors near you.

Vulnerable is the single from their latest EP, which you can stream here on Spotify.

Secret Spade – Secret Spade EP

For the past week or so, I have been enjoying the debut EP from Aussie’s Secret Spade. Their first EP offering goes by the name “Secret Spade EP” and features five tracks. We already shared “Gallows” with you in an earlier post but now we get a true feel for what this new project has to offer. Driving house beats merge with emotional vocals and slick synth work across the entire record. Not one to be missed!

Final DJS – Antigua

We’re happy to share with you the latest EP from German-maestro Final DJS! “Antigua” is out now on NDYD Records and it is a class offering of Deep House vibes. You won’t find any overloaded kicks or massive bass saws here…but what you will find is plenty of groove. We personally found this one to contain some serious Carl Cox-esqe sounds which reflects upon Seb’s ability to produce. Not one to be missed!

Final DJS:



Wings of the Future: Mr Puzl

Wings of the Future: Mr Puzlhola amigos and amigas!

Our latest installment of the Wings of the Future mix series, comes from our good pal, and label head of PUZL Records, Mr. PUZL!

As a co-founder of LAMP, Mr. PUZL is no stranger to the world of deep grooves and epic journeys. And with this mix, we can only sit back and enjoy: its groovy, deep, emotive, and just what you need to get the week started RIGHT.




In addition to being a skilled DJ, what else keeps you busy?

Haha, much appreciated! So many things…

I run and operate a music collective, promo label called LAMP with my partners in crime Randall Bass and Josh Brooks. We recently launched a distribution label this year called PUZL Records and have put out some EPs from the likes of Jamie Prado, Leo Islo and Dan Jedynak with much more to come this year.

Mr Puzl - DaiquiriHawk.comI also have a full-time job as the Creative Director for a mobile development company in Santa Monica that focuses on iOS, and native web application.

To get some exercise I play in a men’s soccer league on the weekends and our club trains weeknights near DTLA.



What is the most influential record you have heard?

Such a tough question as I think many records and albums for that matter have influenced me at different periods of my life.

The old jazz, funk and R&B records that my Mom would play in the house when I was really young definitely stuck around in my subconscious. Artists like Miles Davis, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Diana Ross to name a few were just incredible.

Wings of the Future: Mr Puzl - DaiquiriHawk.comMy teenage years would definitely be Jamiroquai with tracks like Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Virtual Insanity of course, and Blow Your Mind.

I went through a heavy modern punk phase for a while with tracks like ‘Straight Ahead’ by Pennywise, in fact anything that Epitaph Records was putting out in the late 90s I probably bought.

Weirdly or maybe not, at the same time I was also listening to a bunch of hip-hop like Tribe Called Quest, J5, . There was the incredible compilation from Echo Unlimited called Lyricist Lounge Vol 1 + 2  that changed my perspective on hip-hop music drastically, Mos Def’s track ‘Oh No’ featuring Pharoahe Monch & Nate Dogg, pure fire.

From there I feel like I was always looking for the of the-beaten-path music, regardless of genre.


Any guilty pleasure tracks?

Depends on the night, crowd and where I’m playing but off the top of my head:

Tapesh – Boogie Men
Josh Billings – Perspective
Kevin Over – Retrovision Pt. 1
Super Flu – Jo Gurt (Stephan Bodin Remix)
SBTRKT – Hide or Seek


Also! Favorite mixed/tropical drink! (Or island-based food)

I love a good mudslide! As far as food, my mom used to make an Indonesian dish called ‘Nasi Goreng’, basically a really tasty fried rice meal.

Christofi – Higher (feat. Malia)

Well, if you were sitting around wondering, “…I wonder where my new summer jam is??“…well, I’ve just solved the riddle for you. You’re welcome.

Enter, Christofi. Daring, complex, yet a touch of classic pop. To his left, Malia. Majestic, powerful, and able to soar above.

Together, they form a holy musical alliance and create the quite aptly-titled “Higher“. Trust, they aren’t taking you low.

Clean guitars, driving drums, and powerful chords drive the tune, as Malia commands the scene, taking the chorus to new (pun intended) heights, as you blissfully dance yourself into a sweet summer groove. Don’t hold back, this was made for that kind of dance.

But really, this song is insanely catchy, and I know you’ll hit repeat a few times. Trust. Again.