Wiwek

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Wiwek
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Background information
Birth nameWiwek Mahabali
Also known asOui'Wack
BornUtrecht, Netherlands
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
  • Piano
  • guitar
  • synthesizer
Years active2011–present
LabelsBarong Family, OWSLA, Rimbu, G-Rex, Spinnin' Records, Revealed Recordings
Associated actsGregor Salto, Alvaro, Mightyfools, GTA, Hardwell, Quintino, Yellow Claw, Skrillex, Valentino Khan
Websitewiwek.com/

Wiwek Mahabali, better known mononymously as Wiwek, is a Dutch DJ and music producer based in Utrecht, Netherlands.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Wiwek was born in the Netherlands and is of Indian descent.[5] His father is an Indian musician and singer.[5] His stage name was suggested by Gregor Salto that he use his given name for his musical career.[4]

Background[edit]

Wiwek is best known as the pioneer of, and his contributions to "jungle terror",[6][7][8] a hybrid style of dance music characterized by offbeat kick drums, dissonant lead synths, and tribal drum and chant samples. His music has been released on such labels as Barong Family and OWSLA, and led to collaborations with Skrillex and Yellow Claw. He is also the label head of his own jungle terror-based label Rimbu Recordings. He gained popularity in dance music and was known for 'fusing electronic elements with tropical rhythms'.[9] He is regarded as the "Godfather of jungle terror".[10]

Jungle terror was first created when Wiwek was playing and explaining his music to his friends.[5] He then uploaded some songs to SoundCloud with the 'jungle terror' tag which eventually became popular.[5]

Career[edit]

2014: Mad Decent[edit]

In 2014, Wiwek was signed to Diplo's Mad Decent record label as an artist.[11] He collaborated with Gregor Salto to release the single "On Your Mark".[12]

2015: OWSLA[edit]

American dubstep DJ Skrillex had announced the signing of Wiwek to his record label "OWSLA".[8][13] Wiwek performed at the 2015 Ultra Music Festival in Miami.[14] He had also hosted an episode on Tiësto's record label, Musical Freedom's radio show.[9] He collaborated with Hardwell to release the single titled "Chameleon".[15] On 28 April 2015, he released "Fire" as a single collaborating with Dutch DJ Alvaro via Steve Aoki's record label, Dim Mak Records.[16] In November 2015, he collaborated with GTA to release "What We Tell Dem" as a single.[17]

2016: Collaboration with Skrillex[edit]

On 19 February 2016, he collaborated with Dutch DJs Yellow Claw to release "Pop It" as a single.[18] His OWSLA-debut extended play consisting of five songs, "The Free and Rebellious" which incorporates elements of drum and bass, was released a week later.[19][20] The EP had received poor ratings in a review with only 1.5 star was given out of five.[21]

Most recently, Wiwek's The Free and Rebellious EP was used as the soundtrack and score to the short film Still in the Cage which was filmed in Bangkok, Thailand,[22] written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Jodeb[23] and produced by Wiwek and Skrillex.[24] The short film included Wiwek's collaboration with Skrillex "Killa".[25][26] It was premiered on 17 August at the theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.[27] An official music video for "Killa", directed by Jonathan Desbiens was uploaded by Skrillex to YouTube.[28][29] The single "Killa" features vocals from Swedish vocalist Elliphant.[30] American trap producer Slushii, Boombox Cartel and Henry Fong have released remixes of the song.[31]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
Cycles[32]
  • Released: 8 March 2019
  • Label: Maha Vana
  • Format: Digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Dance

[33]

Jungle Terror Saga
  • Released: 13 April 2018
  • Label: Barong Family
  • Format: Digital download, CD, vinyl

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Dance

[33]

Jungle Terror
  • Released: 6 October 2014
  • Label: Barong Family, Spinnin' Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Jungle Terror: Volume 2
  • Released: 16 March 2015
  • Label: Barong Family, Spinnin' Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
The Free and Rebellious
  • Released: 26 February 2016
  • Label: OWSLA
  • Format: Digital download, CD
17
Faka G / Double Dribble
  • Released: 1 February 2017
  • Label: OWSLA
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Drum Nation
  • Released: 28 July 2017
  • Label: OWSLA
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Jungle Terror: Volume 3
  • Released: 1 December 2017
  • Label: Barong Family
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Get Out of the Way / Wan Tu
(with Chocolate Puma)
  • Released: 21 May 2018
  • Label: Spinnin' Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Maguas Revenge" 2012 Non-album singles
"Obambo"
"Totem"
"Mangrove"
"Hurricane"
(with Rishi Romero)
"Batman"
(with Rishi Romero)
"Salomon Beach"
"Secret Meadow"
"Pleistocene"
"Koala"
"Zombiekids"
"Puma"
"Tarantula"
"Magadha" 2013
"Trommelboy"
"Angry Birdz"
"Mango Chutney"
"Intimi"
(with Gregor Salto)
"Terminator"
(with Moska)
"FOK"
"Mufazi"
"Ritual"
(with Cesqeaux)
"Salute" 2014
"On Your Mark"
(with Gregor Salto)
"Annihilation"
(with Nom De Strip)
"G.M.A.F.B."
"Bad Gyal"
(with Jeremia Jones featuring Kalibwoy)
"So You Want Drums"
(featuring MC Vocab)
"Ground Shake"
(featuring Stush)
"Ragga"
"Bang Bang Theory" 2015
"What We Tell Dem"
(with GTA featuring Stush)
"Fire"
(with Alvaro)
"Miami"
(with Gregor Salto)
"Chameleon"
(with Hardwell)
"Trouble"
(with Gregor Salto featuring MC Spyder)
"Tropicana"
(with Valentino Khan)
2016
"Rebels"
(featuring Audio Bullys)
The Free and Rebellious
"How It Goes"
(with Gregor Salto featuring Stush)
Non-album singles
"Getho Circus"
"Faka G / Double Dribble"[34] 2017
"Run" HOWSLA
"Drum Nation"
(featuring WatchTheDuck)
Drum Nation EP
"Ni de Coña"
(with Mike Cervello)
Jungle Terror: Volume 3
"So Hot"[35]
(with Gregor Salto and Kuenta I Tambu featuring Spyder)
2018 Non-album single
"Black Panther"[36]
(with Kuenta I Tambu)
Cycles
"Rise"[37]
(featuring Stush and Kuenta I Tambu)

Remixes[edit]

2013[edit]

  • Moska – Sick Kick (Wiwek Remix) [Mad Decent]

2014[edit]

  • Yellow Claw featuring RochelleShotgun (Wiwek Remix) [SPRS]
  • Leftside – Monkey Biznizz (Wiwek Remix) [Mad Decent][38]
  • Yellow Claw featuring Lil Eddie – Never Dies (Wiwek Remix) [Mad Decent]

2015[edit]

  • Katy Tiz – Whistle (While You Work It) (Wiwek Remix) [Atlantic Records]
  • Gregor SaltoAfrobot (Wiwek Remix) [DOORN Records]
  • Etnik featuring Mykki Blanco – Unclassified (Wiwek Remix) [OWSLA]
  • Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated (Wiwek Remix) [Spinnin' Remixes]
  • Sauti Sol – Sura Yako (Wiwek Remix)
  • Cash Cash featuring BOB, Busta Rhymes & Neon HitchDevil (Wiwek Remix) [BIG BEAT]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ Did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked on the Dance chart.[39]

Sources[edit]

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