Wax Motif

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Wax Motif
Birth nameDanny Chien
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
Years active2008–present
Website waxmotif.com

Danny Chien (born 20 November), better known by his stage name Wax Motif, is an Australian DJ and producer based in Los Angeles, United States. [1]



Wax Motif's work has drawn critical acclaim and support from Diplo, Major Lazer, A-Trak, GTA, Oliver Heldens, Jauz, Tommy Trash. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

Diplo American DJ, music producer, and songwriter

Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr., known professionally as Diplo, is an American DJ and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is the co-creator and lead member of the electronic dancehall music project Major Lazer, a member of the supergroup LSD, with Sia and Labrinth also working with producer and DJ Skrillex as part of the electronic duo Jack Ü, as well as on Silk City with Mark Ronson. He founded and manages record company Mad Decent, as well as co-founding the non-profit organization Heaps Decent. Among other jobs, he has worked as a school teacher in Philadelphia. His 2013 EP, Revolution, debuted at number 68 on the US Billboard 200. The EP's title track was later featured in a commercial for Hyundai and is featured on the WWE 2K16 soundtrack.

Major Lazer American electronic music group

Major Lazer is an American electronic dance music trio, which includes record producer Diplo, and DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. It was founded in 2008 by Diplo and Switch, with Switch leaving after three years in 2011. He was then replaced by both Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Its music spans numerous genres, mixing reggae with dancehall, reggaeton, soca, house and moombahton.

A-Trak Canadian DJ, turntablist, record producer, and music label executive

Alain Macklovitch, known by his stage name A-Trak, is a Canadian DJ, turntablist, record producer, and music label executive. He is the owner of the record label Fool's Gold which was founded in 2007 and is credited for developing the careers of artists such as Kid Cudi, Danny Brown, and Flosstradamus. A-Trak's career has spanned nearly two decades, leading Rolling Stone to name him one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM. A-Trak is also part of the DJ duo Duck Sauce with Armand Van Helden, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for their song "Barbra Streisand". A-Trak was featured on the covers of Billboard and Complex and recently appeared in campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose, Converse and Cadillac. A-Trak has also penned a number of articles for The Huffington Post and owns the travel website Infinite Legroom. After residing in Brooklyn for many years, he now calls Los Angeles home.

Wax Motif is known for his contribution to the G-House movement. [9] Wax Motif worked with Destructo for his album on Interscope. [10] They worked with Ty Dolla Sign, YG, Young Thug, Problem, Warren G. [11] [12] [13] [14] His DJ sets incorporate this style heavily into his mixing. [15]

Gary Richards (music executive) American music executive

Gary Richards, known by his stage name Destructo, is an American music executive, concert promoter, and DJ. As of September 1, 2017 he is the President of LiveStyle, North America. Prior to joining LiveStyle, he was the founder and CEO of HARD Events, a concert brand that has put on popular music festivals since 2007, and which was acquired in 2012 by Live Nation Entertainment. He has performed professionally as a DJ under the name Destructo for more than 20 years, having toured around the world. He is credited with being a leader in the Electronic music business in North America, and through his events, has helped bring artists like Deadmau5 and Justice into the mainstream. Richards is included on Rolling Stone's "50 Most Important People in EDM" list, Billboard's "EDM Power Players" lists from 2014 - 2017, and inthemix's list of the "50 Most Powerful People in EDM". As Destructo, he has released four EP's titled Technology, Higher,West Coast, and RENEGADE respectively.

Ty Dolla Sign American singer, songwriter and record producer

Tyrone William Griffin Jr., known professionally as Ty Dolla Sign, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He first gained major recognition in 2010 for his guest feature on YG's "Toot It and Boot It", which he had written and produced for Def Jam Recordings. In the summer of 2013, he signed a record deal with Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records. In November 2015, he released his debut studio album, Free TC, which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200.

YG (rapper) American rapper and actor

Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, better known by his stage name YG, is an American rapper and actor from Compton, California. In 2009, he released his debut single, "Toot It and Boot It" featuring Ty Dolla Sign, which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single's success resulted in him signing to Def Jam Recordings. In the following years, YG released mixtapes such as The Real 4Fingaz, Just Re'd Up,Just Re'd Up 2, 4 Hunnid Degreez, and many others.

In an interview with Thump, Wax Motif claims his influences range from R&B, to disco and UK bass. [16] His debut EP for Mad Decent, True Joy is a reflection of this multi-genre approach, with a G-house focus. [17] [18]

Disco music genre

Disco is a music genre and subculture that emerged in the 1970s from the United States' urban nightlife scene. The music, the fashion, many song lyrics and other cultural phenomena associated with disco were focused on having a good time on the dance floor of a discotheque to the loud sounds of records being played by a DJ, usually enhanced by coloured lighting effects.

Mad Decent American record label

Mad Decent is a Philadelphia via Los Angeles-based American record label founded by Diplo. The label has helped introduce Brazilian baile funk and Angolan kuduro to clubs around the world. Recently, it has popularized moombahton, a genre of electronic dance music created by DJ Dave Nada. The genre on the label was mostly popularized by Dillon Francis after collaborating with Diplo on Francis's 2012 track "Que Que". The label is also known for its series of concerts in major cities known as the Mad Decent Block Party.

Wax Motif has performed at EDC Las Vegas, New York, and Mexico, HARD Summer, Day of the Dead, Holy Ship, Stereosonic, and Splendor in the Grass. [19] [20] [21] [22] [23]

He has released tracks and remixes through A-Trak's Fool's Gold, Skrillex's OWSLA, Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records. [24] [25] [26] A compilation on legendary label Strictly Rhythm as well as a host of remixes for YG, Young Thug, Kid Ink, Chromeo, Deadmau5, Warren G's "Regulate" and more. [27] [28] [29] [30] [31] [32]

Fools Gold Records independent record label based in Brooklyn, New York

Fool's Gold Records is an independent record label based in Brooklyn, New York, United States. The label is known for its annual series of Day Off concerts across the US and Canada.

Skrillex American musician, DJ, producer, singer

Sonny John Moore, known professionally as Skrillex, is an American record producer, DJ, singer, songwriter and musician. Growing up in Northeast Los Angeles and in Northern California, he joined the American post-hardcore band From First to Last as the lead singer in 2004, and recorded two studio albums with the band before leaving to pursue a solo career in 2007. He began his first tour as a solo artist in late 2007. After recruiting a new band lineup, Moore joined the Alternative Press Tour to support bands such as All Time Low and The Rocket Summer, and appeared on the cover of Alternative Press' annual "100 Bands You Need to Know" issue.

Steve Aoki American DJ, electro house musician, and record producer

Steven Hiroyuki Aoki is an American musician, record producer, DJ, and music executive. In 2012, Pollstar designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance artist in North America from tours. He has collaborated with artists such as will.i.am, Afrojack, LMFAO, Linkin Park, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, blink-182, Laidback Luke, BTS, Louis Tomlinson, Rise Against, Vini Vici, Lauren Jauregui, and Fall Out Boy and is known for his remixes of artists such as Kid Cudi. Aoki has released several Billboard-charting studio albums as well, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013. He is the founder of the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, which raises money for global humanitarian relief organizations.


Extended plays

True Joy [33]
  • Released: 14 August 2015
  • Label: Mad Decent
  • Formats: Digital download
Tokyo [34]
  • Released: 21 July 2017
  • Label: Confession
  • Formats: Digital download
Forsaken [35]
  • Released: 15 December 2017
  • Label: Night Bass Records
  • Formats: Digital download


As lead artist

"Celine" [36] 2011Non-album singles
"Used 2 Be"
(featuring Jevon Doe) [37]
(featuring Kaelyn Behr) [38]
"Static Theory"
(with Warez) [39]

As collaborator

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"All Night Man"
(with Hunter Siegel)
2014Non-album singles
"Get It All"
(with GTA)
201642Good Times Ahead
"Catching Plays"
(with Destructo, feat. Pusha T & Starrah)
Renegade EP
(with Vindata)
Non-album singles
"Five Alarm"
(with ANGELZ)
2017Non-album singles
(with Ricci)
Forsaken EP
"I Can't Hold On"
(with GTA & Dillon Francis, feat. Anna Lunoe)
2018Death To Genres Vol. III
"New Beginnings"
(Lil Boíí Kantu prod. Wax Motif, Trackbangas, & Ely Rise)





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