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Influenced by the ‘Ecstatic Dance’ movement.
Thomas Koch, the legendary DJ T., has unveiled a new alias that will see him releasing under ‘Mathami’ as well. In line with the announcement, the artist also shared the news of his new label, Pura Danza.
Since its foundation around the millennium, ‘Ecstatic Dance’ has become an increasingly popular and musically diverse scene has grown that has its roots in spiritual and cultural practices that have been there since the 70s. The participants come together in ceremonial settings at daytime events to create protected spaces for a more conscious form of dancing.
‘To discover a whole new universe of musical styles through ‘Ecstatic Dance’ was one of the biggest gifts for me as a music lover and DJ. In these spaces, we create for the dances, the utilization of different styles, rhythms, and energies of music come to a whole different level than in the Djing I have known before. Through ‘Ecstatic Dance’, I finally incorporated a truth that I had carried with me as a passionate dancer since my childhood: That dance and movement have a great transformational and healing power. With my new label and artist project, I want to illuminate the vast spectrum of styles that happen in the ‘Ecstatic Dance’ world and beyond’, says Thomas Koch about this new adventure.
The first release on Pura Danza lands throughout September and culminates in Mathami’s ‘Figuras del Bosque’ EP. The new EP will see Koch combine free-flowing rhythms, Panamanian tribal vocals, acid, eastern violins, and more, giving a keen insight into his vision of ‘Ecstatic Dance’.
Listen to Mathami’s first single, ‘Figuras del Bosque’, below.