KIWA are originally Markku Louhio (Mark Nomen) and Matti Elsinen (DJ Mauzer), an electronic music live act & DJ duo from Finland. Since 2016 Markku has continued the project as a solo artist.
Started out as a psychedelic trance project in 1995, Kiwa made a name for themselves playing in underground raves and forest parties. Since then the sound of Kiwa has grown into a punchy mix of funky electro and breaks. The music has influences among other styles from tech funk, house and drum ‘n’ bass with driving funky rhythms, rough basslines and cinematic build-ups.
Since 2002 Kiwa has toured on live and DJ gigs around the world from Brazil to Israel and from Russia to Western Europe. Kiwa’s live setup consists of synchronized laptops, keyboards, controllers and loads of samples and audio channels by which they build their energetic performances on. DJ/Producer Kris Kylven, with a strong history in bands like Killing Joke, Juno Reactor, UX, The 69 Eyes and many more has been flavouring their performances as a live drummer in the past.
Kiwa has worked with many different projects in genres ranging from hip hop to rock, including sound design for the Finnish television and movie industry. They have released their music on labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Digital Structures, Exogenic Records, Liquid Sound Design (Dragonfly Records), Tribal Vision, Bombtraxx Records and Funkatech Records to name a few. Their remix work includes production for established artists like Jaia and Far Too Loud.
In 2007 Kiwa’s ‘On The Frequency’ received 4 stars out of 5 in the DJ MAG, reviewed by John -00- Fleming. Not to mention the following album Markku was producing at the time, Highpersonic Whomen’s ‘Push The Limit’, received 5 out of 5.
In 2009 Kiwa’s hit single ‘Drop Control’ dominated the Beatport Top 100 breaks chart as #1 for 3 weeks. Being one of the best selling breaks tunes of 2009, the single was nominated in the Beatport Top 10 chart of hottest breaks track that year alongside with artists like Plump DJ’s, Fatboy Slim and NAPT.
Markku is also known for his previous breakbeat project Headphonics and has built a good name for himself as an on-demand remix artist and a mastering engineer. Kiwa is currently busy creating new tunes and remixes for your pleasure. Stay tuned, more to come!