Rising from the depths of the bass scene, Khiva has taken a coveted seat at the Deep, Dark & Dangerous table alongside label heads Truth and other artists such as Stylust and The Widdler; and she’s done it all in the blink of an eye. Just two years ago, she was just a closet producer traveling the world. Now, Khiva as we know her, has an EP with Deep, Dark & Dangerous, is playing festivals around the world, and hosts a monthly show on a London-based radio station.
Canadian borne Khiva moved around the West Coast throughout her life and doesn’t identify with any one hometown. She attributes her passion for exploring new ideas, musically and spiritually, to her nomadic lifestyle. Molded by her experiences and explorations around the world, Khiva embraces a belief system that includes a deep spiritual connection to the world around her.
“We’re all artists expressing in our own ways and the closer I feel in alignment to my true self the more true I see my art to be, a reflection,“ she states and you can hear it through her deep and immersive soundscapes. Staying grounded is necessary for the rising star so she practices yoga on a regular basis, especially while on tour. And while she doesn’t teach it these days, she happily speaks with fans often about any questions they have about yoga or meditation.
Her debut EP ‘In the Quiet‘ was released on label Deep Dark & Dangerous in October of 2017 and quickly gained attention with each track getting tens of thousands of plays. She’s since had 2 more releases on DDD, ‘Aphrodite’ and ‘Fresh Cut Love”.
From her sets at Bamboo Bass to Shambhala Music Festival, Khiva embodies the classic story of rising from average festival-goer to a top festival performer. She recalls “The first festival I played was Bamboo Bass in Costa Rica, and I’m hyped to be back there this year! They’ve been making massive waves and their growth as a fest has been exponential in such a short time. The last one I played was Northern Bass in New Zealand for NYE and it was probably the best new years of my life haha! Absolutely epic.”
Khiva’s gritty, heavy, dreamstep sounds immerse her listeners with abstract, low pitch soundscapes that stretch bass beats to new lengths. And by lengths, we also mean geographically. Hosting a monthly show on Subtle FM, a London based radio station, allows Khiva’s emerging sound to permeate across the globe and is one more way to showcase her talent behind the decks.
This Friday, January 25th, will be her first time ever in NYC and she’s got a lot of very classic New York things to do; “outside of music prep I guess my main objectives are see the city, get inspired and cop a swaggy New York hat or something + eat pizza and bagels!” After that, you can catch her at Knitting Factory as H<3art Beats‘ headlining guest along with Chief Kaya, Grundy, Krook and Wubwitz as support.