Over the last few years, the Wakaan imprint has risen to prominence under the “free form bass” sound stamp. Armed with a commitment to giving promising young experimental bass acts a platform to spread their weird and wonderful sounds, the label has flourished under founder Martin Stääf, who runs under his Liquid Stranger moniker.
Wakaan has booked more than enough festival stage takeovers, sold-out label showcases, and back-to-back appearances to prove the label holds it’s own when it comes to drawing mass crowds. As it turns out, the label may be gearing up to host it’s very own innaugural music festival. Earlier this week over Facebook, a very intriguing status arose in Liquid Stranger’s family group. The post was authored under the Wakaan profile, an admin to the group, asking fans what their favorite month might be to attend a camping festival. While the post could have been created out of mere curiosity, fans went wild in the comments speculating over the possibility of a Wakaan festival in the works.
The fact of the matter is, Wakaan would have no problem booking top-notch talent in the underground bass arena. For one, the label pulls deep into all-star roster of talent, boasting Space Jesus, Esseks, Freddy Todd, Minnesota, Champagne Drip, and LUZCID; while housing the bass scene’s fastest rising fledgling producers in Peekaboo, LSDream, and Shlump, the list goes on. In addition, the label’s most recent Convoy compilation not only spotlights Stääf’s expert eye for bass music curation, but showcases how the label has their finger on the pulse of cutting edge artists in the scene that aren’t necessarily nested under the label’s namesake. For instance, Convoy houses tracks from Buku, Thriftworks, Eazybaked, and Digital Ethos, all oh whom could easily appear on a “Wakaan & Friends” branded festival line-up.
What would make a Wakaan festival so great is what ultimately makes the label so great: It’s more concerned with investing in boundary-pushing bass music makers than pushing a narrowly confined set of producers exclusive to it’s own imprint. Wakaan’s immaculate exclusivity lies in their very inclusivity. This is a collective authentically interested in expanding forward-thinking sounds freed from the confines of form and genre. In so doing, Wakaan may well be forwarding itself a genre all it’s own.
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