Update: 16:18 | 28/08/2020
Electronic dance music (EDM) publication Mixmag Asia named Vietnamese DJs Get Looze and Hoaprox as two of 17 "unmissable talents" in the region.
DJs Get Looze and Hoaprox were included in a list of 17 producers Mixmag Asia described as "making serious noise in the world right now" and turning heads in the dance community.
DJ Get Looze (L) and DJ Hoaprox.
The selected artists are "some of the very best newcomers, best kept secrets, and leading lights the continent has to offer," said Mixmag Asia.
Get Looze, real name Khuong Bao Khang, is deemed one of Vietnam's brightest young stars.
He won two music production contests, Vietnam Pioneer Digital DJ Battle in 2014 and DJ EDM Vietnam in 2015, and was included in the 2019 Top 10 DJ list by digital media conglomerate Yeah1.
In April, the 28-year-old producer joined 40 international artists for a virtual rave, starring along Dutch DJ duo Bassjackers and Brazilian DJ duo Cat Dealers who placed 34th and 46th in 2019 DJ Mag’s Top 100 ranking. He also shared the stage with Hardwell (ranked 12th in 2019 DJ Mag’s Top 100 ranking), Steve Aoki (10th), W&W (18th), Headhunterz (29th), Yellow Claw (77th), and others.
Hoaprox, or Nguyen Thai Hoa, has been making waves and gaining internal success. Mixmag Asia wrote his style "encompasses expansive sounds including progressive house, future bass, trap, dubstep, nu-disco and more."
The Saigon artist had two singles, "I Can’t Find You", and "Words of the Wind", included on "Billboard Presents Electric Asia Volume Two" in 2018 and "Billboard Presents Electric Asia Volume Three" in 2019.
The 23-year-old DJ recently joined 250 artists for the "Outlaw Ocean Music Project" in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times investigative reporter Ian Urbina to raise awareness about dark deeds on international seas.
He released an album called "Secrets in the Waves" earlier this month, consisting of eight songs utilizing field recordings like machine-gun fire off the coast of Somalia, chanting of captive deckhands on the South China Sea, and other rhythmic frequencies.
The list also includes an array of Asian-based DJs from different countries and territories, including Indonesia's Dipha Barus, South Korea's DJ Soda, Taiwan's Kaku, and Cambodia's Maily.
Mixmag Asia is part of Mixmag, a British publication centered around EDM. The publication made its official debut in Vietnam in 2019.