“The first thing I want people to know about me is that I’m always doing my own shit.” That’s something a lot of artists say but for Wiwek, it’s truer than most. He’s not only become a world-class DJ/Producer with a resume full of collaborators and festival gigs to die for, he’s also gotten there through a whole genre style he invented himself. Now he’s ready for the release of his Cycles Album by unleashing the single “Black Panther“, on his own label Maha Vana.
After Wiwek saw the movie Black Panther he wanted to make a tune with the “Talking Drum’. Roël from Kuenta i Tambu is an experienced percussionist and he asked him if he had the Talking drum instrument.
“Of course he had one cause he has everything, so I went to see the movie with him again and after that he immediately grabbed the instrument form the studio and we recorded the lead drum. The first demo of Black Panther was born” says Wiwek.
Born in IJsselstein, a little town in the countryside of The Netherlands to parents of East Indian descent, Wiwek grew up listening to Indian Folk music at home whilst being surrounded by Western Pop. Inspired by hearing Tiësto spin on Dutch radio, he made his first beats on Music 2000 for the Playstation One and was soon making beats for local rappers whilst Dutch House music continued to boom. Retreating into his bedroom studio to refine his skills, he learnt to channel all those disparate influences around him and create a distinctive style, where complex Indian-inspired rhythms collided with the adrenaline-rush dynamics of Trap and Tribal House, which he named Jungle Terror.
A Twitter DM to Skrillex, who Wiwekknew was regularly playing his tracks, turned into a relationship that’s helped take the young artist to a new level. In 2016 OWSLA released his EP The Free and Rebellious, which not only included a collaboration between the two (“Killa”) but also served as the soundtrack to a short film called Still in the Cage that the pair co-produced, and premiered that August.After 3 years of touring, Wiwek decided to take time off to refocus himself as he felt his creativity had hit an all-time low.