Right after the release of his stunning EP ‘Elementos’ we cauht up with the young Colombian that has been turning awe-inspiring Armin van Buuren originals (e.g. ‘Hystereo’, ‘The Expedition’) into monstrous stormers since the start of 2013, reeling in the support and frantically held breaths of an extensive selection of renowned DJs alongside ever-increasing numbers of clued-up clubbers.
With thrilling dancefloor-destroyers such as ‘Asylum’, ‘The Dark Knight’, and ‘Dusk Riddles’ raging over the festival grounds of Tomorrowland, Ultra, Global Gathering, A State Of Trance, and many more, the high-octane sounds of KhoMha are the ones of an EDM star in the making. It’s Columbian captivation at its finest.
Transcending the limitations of traditional Dance music, speeding to the top as one of the scene’s most promising artists, and following up on infectious tunes with even more impressive records faster than you can say “Marvelous Music”; KhoMha has been up for a chat with us about his new concept Ep and his future plans in the music scene:
TBA: Hi Robert nice to catch up with you, first of all, how are you?
KhoMha: Hey guys I’m doing well. Currently in Jakarta getting ready to travel to Kuala Lumpur to play at Zouk this weekend.
TBA: We’re still buzzing about ‘Tierra’ here at the office,can you tell us how it came to life?
KhoMha: Thanks a lot for those words and im glad you guys are enjoying it, hope you’re playing it loud! Tierra was the last track that I created for my ‘Elementos’ EP. I wanted to create a track that resembled all of the other 3 elements. I wanted a track that was melodic like ‘Aire’, progressive and driving like ‘Agua’, and energetic like ‘Fuego’. I wanted to show that all of these elements coming together could create something beautiful.
TBA: Would you let us know a bit of your creative process in the studio?
KhoMha: I think creativity comes to you when you least expect it no matter where you are. Sometimes I’ll be out on the street and come up with a melody and I would have to hum it and record it on my phone. When I’m in the studio however I get up early like 7 or 8 am and start my day. I either work on new ideas or old ideas that I may have in my hard drive. Usually my team and I try to set a calendar with possible single releases, collabs and remixes for 6 months at a time. So that’s the way that I focus on my work.
TBA: What is your studio set up like?
KhoMha: In my studio I have the essentials. Two Yamaha HS8 monitors. KRK 10S subwoofer. Focus Rite 2i2 Audio interface. A Blue Microphone. My studio computer that I custom built myself and my Daw’s that I produce with which are FL Studio and Ableton Live.
TBA: Armin van Buuren is giving you a massive support on his set, how does it feel to have such a mentor?
KhoMha: Pfff I mean what can I say, its an amazing feeling. Armin has always been an idol of mine he’s a legend in our genre and a legend for electronic music in general. Working so close with him has helped me evolve as an artist and as a business person.
TBA: Where does your EP ‘Elementos’ come from? What is the concept about it?
KhoMha: My team and I wanted to create something, we wanted to create a concept that would expand beyond music or beyond a release. We wanted to create something that identified me and my music. ‘Elementos’ marks a new beginning and a new way for me to perform. My show is divided into 4 parts, each of these parts correspond to one of the elements in which the visuals, the lights, and the style of music I play all fit into that specific element.
TBA: What are your future plans musical wise?
KhoMha: The idea is to finish this year strong. There are some new remixes on the way, as well as new releases. Hopefully we can release two new vocal tracks before the end of the year is over. Talks about a debut album are also going on for the next year or two. 🙂
TBA: Where are we seeing you next?
KhoMha: I will be playing in Kuala Lumpur this weekend at club Zouk, afterwards I will be in Amsterdam for business meetings, I will then head to Chicago to play at the mid, Avalon in LA the day after. Lizard lounge in Dallas is also in the schedule then its time for ASOT Poland. Super excited for whats coming.
TBA: Where are you seeing yourself in…let’s say 5 years from now?
KhoMha: Well I hope to still be doing what I love which is produce music and perform far beyond those five years. Within five years however I want to have my own label and my own themed nights.
TBA: If you have to choose one, what was the most important moment of your career?
KhoMha: The most important moment of my career without a doubt would have to be when I was discovered by Markus Schulz. Markus has been my biggest mentor and was the reason I left Colombia and moved to Miami. He supported my music since the very beginning, believed in me, and thanks to this I’m able to do what I love every day of my life. I will be forever grateful with him.
TBA: If you were to arrange a party, what would be your dream line up?
KhoMha: Hehehe. This one is kind of out there but these are my favorite artists so here we go.
– Daft Punk
– Kanye West
– Kendrick Lamar
– Swedish House Mafia
– Chemical Brothers
– Massive Attack
TBA: Name 3 fellow djs you just love touring with and why…
KhoMha: I love touring with Andrew Rayel, Orjan Nilsen and Armin Van Buuren. Andrew and Orjan are my closest friends here in the scene and touring with them is always a great time. Touring with Armin is also amazing he’s an amazing mentor and a great professional, every time I tour with him is an excellent opportunity to learn new things.
TBA: 5 tunes you can’t live without (regardless the genre)
KhoMha: Oxia – Domino
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
Daft Punk – Something About Us
Daft Punk – Voyager
Reflekt – Need To Feel Loved (Adam K & Soha Remix)
TBA: Thanks a lot for taking the time and hope to see you soon somewhere.
KhoMha: Thank you guys for having me 🙂