Maya Jane Coles is an incredibly gifted artist, based in the United Kingdom, with a unique mix of British and Japanese heritage. Her music production, audio engineering and DJ talents have enabled her to compose and play a wide range of sounds, from techno to dark and bass-heavy tunes with a hip-hop twist. She is certainly one of the most inspiring names in the music industry.
At the tender age of fifteen, she was already demonstrating her musical prowess as she familiarized herself with the Cubase software program. She produced hip-hop and trip hop as a teenager, before joining forces with Lena Cullen to form the electronic dub duo, She Is Danger. Today, she continues to delight us with her musical gifts.
A few years on, she unveiled her initial two records on Dogmatik Records, in 2008 and 2009, which were more rooted in house music. Her remixes of Massive Attack and Gorillaz with her duo She Is Danger had already attracted some attention, and in 2010 she really started to make waves with the release of her four-track EP on Franck Roger’s label,Real Tone Records.
DJ Mag bestowed her with an impressive honour that year, dubbing her as one of the top newcomers – and it’s no surprise why. Her track ‘What They Say’ from her self-titled EP consistently received spins on Resident Advisor, making her a hit with DJs worldwide.
In 2011, she was all over the specialised magazines, such as Mixmag. BBC Radio 1 graciously invited her to record an Essential Mix of her own, which went on to be nominated for the Essential Mix of the Year 2011. What a fantastic achievement! Later, she was voted ‘Best Newcomer 2011’ at the Ibiza DJ Awards 2011 and made it to the top ten at the R awards – an incredible feat!
In the year 2012, she had an incredible triumph, winning the ‘Best House/Garage/Deep House’ track at the Miami Winter Music Conference. This remarkable achievement was followed by an invitation to record a mix for the DJ Kicks collection, which was released in April. Her success is a testament to her impressive talent.
In 2013, Maya Jane Coles was invited back to record a second BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. That same year, her debut album Comfort was released on her own I/AM/ME label, as well as Kobalt Label Services internationally. In 2014, the title track of Coles’ 2010 EP What They Say was sampled by Nicki Minaj in the song “Truffle”, which had a completely different sound, with a charming tone.
Maya was asked to record a second BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in 2013. Her debut album, Comfort, was released on her own I/AM/ME label and distributed by Kobalt Label Services that summer. In 2014, Nicki Minaj sampled the title track from Coles’ 2010 EP What They Say on her song “Truffle”.
In 2017, Maya Jane Coles unveiled her highly anticipated sophomore album, Take Flight, on her very own label, I/AM/ME. The 24-track masterpiece soared to the heights of the UK albums chart upon its release, reaching number 37, and number 26 in the Independent label chart as well as number 15 in the Billboard Dance and Electronic Album Sales Chart.
This highly acclaimed album was met with widespread acclaim, boasting an impressive 72% score on Metacritic and enjoying coverage from some of the top publications including Mixmag, Pitchfork and Billboard. It even caught the attention of the major digital streaming media providers, receiving a banner on the iTunes Electronic page and a spot in Spotify New Releases and Apple Music New Releases.
At the end of last year, Maya Jane Coles’ 2010 EP What They Say had the honor of having its title track sampled in the Lady Gaga/BLACKPINK collaboration “Sour Candy” off of Chromatica. This year, Coles gifted her co-production talents to a song on the new Sting album The Bridge, “Loving You.”