Don't Sleep on These 7 BUKU Fest Artists
One of New Orleans ’ most anticipated music festivals is none other than BUKU Music + Art Project. With a culture of its own, the indelible spirit of New Orleans permeates the festival grounds. Named after the French word “beaucoup” – meaning “plenty,” BUKU offers heaps of activities to partake in, from live music to mouth-watering food vendors and even riverboat rides down the Mississippi River.
What sets BUKU apart from the rest of the big city festivals is its use of unique art installations that reflect the exhilarating culture of New Orleans. From its one-of-a-kind stages built out of shipping containers to hypnotic graffiti displays, prepare to immerse yourself in the Mardi Gras capital of the world.
2022 will mark the 10th anniversary of this iconic New Orleans festival, and to celebrate, this year’s stacked lineup booms with artists across multiple genres like rap/hip hop, indie-rock, and of course, dance music festival-goers are in for a treat. Headlined by Tyler, The Creator, Tame Impala, Porter Robinson, and Rezz, the 2022 lineup is fit for all music lovers alike.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are seven must-see female artists at BUKU 2022!
Australian DJ/Producer Alexandra Sholler, better known by her stage name Alison Wonderland, is a force to be reckoned with. Growing up in Sydney, she trained as a classical musician specializing in cello. Since entering the dance music realm back in 2009, she has made several ground-breaking achievements. Most notably, in 2018, she was named the “Highest Billed Female DJ in Coachella History” and placed No. 1 on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart with her second album, Awake. To top off her list of accomplishments, she hosts her weekly radio show “Radio Wonderland,” which has garnered over five million iTunes downloads and is featured primarily on Sirius XM’s Diplo’s Revolution.
Belgium's most explosive female talent is none other than Amelie Lens. In only a few years, this 31-year-old techno star has soared to fame, becoming one of the most sought-after DJ/producers in the game. Her sound integrates acid & tribal beats and is heavily influenced by a tougher European sound. Her residency at the Labyrinth Club in Hasselt, Belgium, led to curating an event series called EXHALE that she has taken around the world. She is also the proud owner of her own record label called LENSKE. Like her music, Amelie’s career is at full speed, with no signs of slowing down soon. She makes the trek to the US once in a blue moon, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see her live!
Hailing from Toulouse, French producer Chloé Herry otherwise known as CloZee, is a curator of bright and earthly sounds. Her profound legacy began in 2015 with the release of her breakthrough track, “Koto.” Ever since, she's reeled in international crowds with her riveting flair. Characterized as world bass, her music draws inspiration from the various cultures she’s frequented across the globe. The essence of CloZee’s creativity also stems from the nature of painting, dreams, and the weather. With her classical guitar roots, her music emits a pure and natural foundation. In 2020, she launched her artist-friendly label, Odyzey Music, where she released her eagerly awaited album Neon Jungle. See this multifaceted musician live at BUKU on Friday at 8:25 pm at the Wharf stage!
Chicago-native Jamie Sitter, aka J. Worra, is known for her unparalleled energy as a producer and behind the decks. Serving the underground scene with a unique blend of classic house and new school tech, she’ll have you glued to the dancefloor all night. Named DJ Mag’s 2019 “Breakthrough Music Producer of the Year,” she’s released music on prominent labels such as Repopulate Mars, Higher Ground, Club Sweat, and more. On a mission to make a positive impact on dance music and the world around her, she supports local charities like LGBTQ youth and animal rescue. Recently she announced her most extensive tour yet, so if you like what you hear at BUKU, be sure to “Check Out” her North American tour!
Only 26 years young, this Canadian DJ/Producer is nothing short of a mainstage DJ & festival headliner. Isabelle Rezazadeh, who goes by REZZ or “Space Mom,” set sail on her musical journey back in 2015 when she began producing in her Niagara Falls home. With a distinct sound that radiates originality, she’s a master of crafting genre-bending pieces. Her tracks incorporate a bass-heavy backbone fused with ambient and atmospheric soundscapes. Considered one of mau5trap’s most highly regarded talents, she’s released multiple works on the label, including her first EP, The Silence is Deafening, and her debut studio album Mass Manipulation. Her talents even scored her two JUNO Awards in 2018 and 2020, both for “Electronic Album of the Year.” As an inspiration to all women in the music industry, she stars in a documentary titled Underplayed which presents the ongoing challenges female DJs face in dance music.
London-based DJ/Producer TSHA is on the rise to becoming one of the most electrifying house acts in the scene. Born with a musical ear, her self-taught production skills assist in her creation of mesmerizing melodies. Her career took off in 2018 after the release of her debut EP Dawn, in which she earned a contract with Ninja Tune. Her resume is quite impressive, with honorable mentions by BBC Introducing as the “Star of 2020” and BBC Radio 1’s “Future Artist” for January 2021. Last year she launched her own bi-monthly Apple Music show called “Jackfruit Radio.” With a discerning mindset, TSHA is continuously redefining her sound. By pushing the creative boundaries of her music, there’s never a dull moment in her live sets. So don’t miss out on this fascinating female DJ!
This Korean-American producer has been making waves in dance music for some time, but now she’s about to unleash a tsunami. 22-year-old Tsu Nami is the moniker of Sophia Pak, a Los Angeles-based artist whose innovative sound blends the likes of melodic dance and pop music. Artists like Mura Masa and especially San Holo—whom she supported on his most recent tour—are her biggest inspirations. Earlier this year, she released her debut EP via Holo’s acclaimed imprint bitbird. The all-female, five-track EP titled Ethereal dives in and explores her diverse musical talents. Featuring angelic melodies, authentic percussion, and principles of future pop, this EP has something for everyone. If you want to see these tracks played live, she performs on Saturday at 4:15 pm at the Ballroom stage!