At 21 he made his live global debut in the closing months of 2016, starting at the Unsound Festival in Poland and finishing up at Seoul’s Cake Shop nearly a month later. To date, he’s racked up healthy ratings at platforms such as MixMag, The Fader and IDM with his 2018 EP Stampit. He’s performed at Afropunk NYC and secured a residency at RinseFM; he has also embarked on his #GqomIsThePresent Tour, consisting of four parts that circled the globe twice over, among many other appearances, performances and happy occurrences.
The latest in a string of accolades including features all over BBC’s Radio 1 with Diplo and Benji B, comes a set on the prestigious BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix hosted by tastemaker Pete Tong — with previous guests including game changers such as Skrillex, Four Tet, Daft Punk, AIR, Tiesto, Flying Lotus, Massive Attack and the most recent HAAi — all pioneering sounds of their generation, going on to take over the world, one set at a time.
He’ll continue his busy streak producing a track from Beyonce’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ alongside Bey’s producer Kwasi, Philadelphia rapper Tierra Whack, Gqom-queens Moonchild Sanelly and Busiswa, Yemi Alade and Nija; along with an EP called Steam Rooms with Okzharp out on Hyperdub records out in July. He’ll perform at the RedBull SonarDome at Sonar Barcelona, at MELT Festival in Germany and Afropunk Atlanta in the US as part of his current #InternationalPantsula Tour, while featuring on the historic TANK Magazine and Australia’s Triple J through October. He’ll complete 2019 with a brand new EP, Uhuru released in August, as well as his Something For Clermont event joining forces with Boiler Room TV and Ballantine’s in September, with his “MY POWER” production as the leading soundtrack to Beyonce’s upcoming “Making The Gift” Documentary.
It’s a stunning rise for an artist just in his 20s… But, DJ Lag’s ready to put in the work required for longevity to make sure Gqom takes its place in history.