Breaking into the EDM Scene


Vanessa Holliday Graffiti Low ResVanessa Holliday, a well established Capetonian DJ and one of the very few female producers in South Africa, presents her first EP release, Deep Layers, available on Beatport and iTunes from the 12th of July 2013.

Deep Layers is inspired by her love and passion for EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and deeply incorporates the many layers for her creative expression. It represents the very essence of what music means to her.

Music is an extension of myself, my emotions, my personality and my soul” she says.

The EP features “Berlin Strasse” inspired by her love for Berlin after her first visit to the city, fascinated by the diversity of the people and especially the underground music scene. With analog drums infused with subtle 5th chord tech progressions, over laced with vocals, synth stabs and lush pads from the backyards of Berlin. Then there is “Black Beauty”, another heartfelt track layered with dark, deep and sophisticated sonic textures combined with a groovy guitar riff.

Vanessa has been DJing for almost ten years, growing from club and festival performer, to radio presenter, savvy businesswoman and producer, taking her love for sublime beats on the journey. With roots in vinyl and playing progressive trance, she is one of the first female performers to sustain the ever-changing scene, exploring sounds, technology, dancing, singing, fashion and even piano lessons, as an intrinsic part of her creative expression.

Today, her music is inspired by a fresher house sound, still influenced with a seductive, melodic undertone. She favours a blend of euphoria, femininity and finesse and indulges the productions of Alex Niggemann, Audiofly, Maya Jane Coles, Los Suruba, Dinky, Deniz Kurtel & Maceo Plex among others.

Vanessa currently hosts “The Underground Radio Show”– “you are what you listen to” on 2oceansvibe radio with co-host Kirsti every Monday night from 8pm-10pm. Vanessa has also completed her Advanced Music Production Diploma with the Soul Candi Institute of Music and visits the Red Bull Music Studios in Cape Town, where she can constantly improve her skills as she believes that you can never know too much in the world of production.

Vanessa is signed to Heads & Tails Record Label, one of the most established deep/nu-disco house labels in South Africa. Be sure to catch her EP releases on Beatport & ITunes, as well as her album release later on this year.

To listen to her tracks visit her Soundcloud page here and find her on Facebook here