Women in Music 2016

Mija Talks FK A GENRE Tour, Drops Exclusive Mixtape

Clifford Liddell
Mija

Anyone who's caught Mija on the decks knows she has a serious problem keeping still. She weaves and bops like any DJ. She might even get on the mic. That's nothing out of the ordinary, but it's her range of styles in and out of the studio that truly sets her apart.

“I'm like a child with musical ADD,” she says. “I love mixing house and disco with anything bass. But as of late, I guess my favorite mixes have been integrating banger trap shit with old school dnb and sped up juke. and happy hardcore vocals. forever. I know it's cheesy but like … it's so good.”

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Her inability to play within the lines inspired a cool mixtape series called FK A GENRE, a bright and bouncy middle-finger to the idea that anyone have to play by a set of rules, but it's not a middle finger to those that do.

"'FK A GENRE' isn't a derogatory statement in regards to genres, but more so an acceptance and unity in the music industry,” she says. “In this day and age, we are all basically just human remixes. We all come from different places, different lifestyles, and listen to different music-- but our influences are far from suppressed. The internet has given us an unlimited platform of knowledge and inspiration. Sometimes the most efficient way to create a new sound is to cross between genres and experiment with noises/tempos that wouldn't normally go together. But I don't believe that just because one person dedicates their life to one 'genre' makes them lazy or uncreative.”

The mixtape series is a fan favorite, and the OWSLA artist recently got the idea that it was time to expand.

“I just wanted to play shows with artists that I back heavy,” Mija says. “I'm honestly just trying to surround myself with talented people that I look up to/feel like I can learn from. I want to offer them a new experience whether that be within their own sound or just catching vibes.”

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She and her managers made a bunch of calls, booked a large handful of artists across sounds and tempos, then booked club nights across the United States, picking and choosing the right co-headliners for the first-ever living mixtape experience, the FK A GENRE tour.

“I wanted to curate lineups based on artists that inspired my eclectic taste in music,” she says. “Sure, there are a lot of artists on the bill that I am friends with and love playing shows with, but there are also many artists that I have yet to meet in real life. That being said, it was a huge group effort between myself, my manager, pulling all of our strings to book acts that we felt worked best in each city and would create cohesive lineups. The reaction received from the artists was a buzz of excitement and mad support. A lot of the artists are stoked to play in front of new crowds and experiment outside of their own worlds.”

In Mija's mind, the coolest part of the tour is how unbridled and unrehearsed the end product will be. No one is telling these artists what to play or how to play it. The more mishmashed and experimental the sets become throughout the night, the better. It might inspire some next-level creativity. In fact, it already has, at least on Mija's part. The DJ prepped for the tour with a mind-blowing, genre-blending mixtape that features every artists on the bill and a handful of others. It wasn't an easy mix, but nothing worth doing ever is.

“I was a DJ first, so I always have fun making mixtapes, but this one is particularly exciting,” she says. “Going through all of the artists discographies and picking my favorite records was a humbling reminder of the talent and diversity we managed to get on board the tour. It was an incredibly inspiring process.”

The FK A GENRE tour kicks off in Miami Oct. 20 and features more than 25 artists over the course of 12 dates. Check below for the full list of dates and lineups. Tickets are available online. Listen to the official tour mixtape below.

FK A GENRE Tour Dates and Full Lineups

Oct 20 - Miami - Mija, Eprom, Point Point, Durante

Oct 21 - Boston - Kill The Noise, Mija, Nina Las Vegas, Team Ezy

Oct 22 - New York - Justin Martin, Mija, Boogie, Nina Las Vegas

Nov 3 - Denver - A-Trak, Mija, Slaptop, Durante

Nov 4 - Chicago - Lunice, Mija, Teklife (spinn & taso), Golf Clap

Nov 5 - Detroit - Special Guest, Mija, Special Guest, Golf Clap

Nov 11 - Portland - Mija, TOKiMONSTA, Treasure Fingers, Electric Mantis

Nov 12 - Los Angeles - Dave 1 of Chromeo (DJ Set), Mija, Joey Purp, Electric Mantis, Durante

Nov 17 - Austin - Mija, Anna Lunoe, Wuki b2b Rickyxsan, Uniqu3 b2b Ducky

Nov 18 - Houston - Mija, Anna Lunoe, Wuki b2b Rickyxsan, Uniqu3 b2b Ducky

Nov 19 - Dallas - Mija, Anna Lunoe, Wuki b2b Rickyxsan, Uniqu3 b2b Ducky

Nov 26 - Phoenix - Mija, Jack Beats, Nosaj Thing (DJ Set), Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation (DJ Set), Ardalan