You might recognize his sounds if you’ve ever listened to Drake’s album “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” Drake’s producers sampled Ekali’s “Unfaithful” in “Preach” and “Wednesday Night Interlude.”
Ekali’s real name is Nathan Shaw and he represents Vancouver, Canada. The 25-year-old has a lot more work, specifically remixes, uploaded onto SoundCloud other than what was picked up for Drake’s album. Years ago, tracks of his like the remix of Denzel Curry’s “Threats” with Graves caught a lot of attention and blew up the Ekali fanbase. His bass-influenced masterpieces have only gotten better since then; he’s toured the world and is now affiliated with one of the most well-known EDM record labels out there today.
Representing OWSLA alongside big-name electronic music artists like What So Not, Valentino Khan, AC Slater, and others is a huge (and well-deserved) step in the right direction for Ekali’s music career.
At Lightning in a Bottle 2016 I found myself wandering around the Thunder Stage aimlessly and ended up catching the end of Ekali’s set. I had never heard of him before but in that moment, I instantly recognized some serious skill behind the table. The huge roaring crowd, which was dancing its sweaty ass off in the ninety plus degree weather, was on the same page. Ever since then I’ve kept my eye on his music.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing him tear up the Harder Stage on the last day of HARD Summer 2017 as one of his first performances as an OWSLA artist. He met the high expectations I had based off the first set of his I saw last time; the Vancouverite really does know how to rile up a crowd.
If you see his name on any of your upcoming festival lineups: he is not an artist you want to miss!
His live mixing talents and impeccable producing style should continue to blow minds from here on out with his new OWSLA platform. Ekali has skyrocketed and shows no sign of coming down. The first single off his upcoming EP “Babylon ft. Denzel Curry” will be released on August 18.