New South Wales, Australia
Stemming from love of the ebb and flow of progressive metal, psychedelic rock journey music, Dread Maiden found her way to discovering a deep love for dub and drum and bass.
Having a background in acoustic music and production and being an avid supporter of the Australian drum and bass community for years, Dread Maiden took the leap from punter to DJ in late 2021, with a focus on blending jungle, techy, dark minimal, half-time and liquid drum and bass, as well as exploring the wide spectrum of other bassy sub-genres, manifesting aural journeys with an eclectic concoction of light and dark, high and lows.
Dread Maiden co-hosts Sydney-based Orbital Radio show, Cabin Fever Sessions, alongside Cabin Fever boss-lady Tassone, and KreliaS, representing Newcastle AU DJ collective, Newy Bass Crew, of which she is the creative director. Newy Bass Crew aims to shine a spotlight on local DJs, artists and events and is focussed on cultivating a community of love, compassion, diversity, inclusivity and freedom of expression. Newy Bass Crew has already has successful events and have several more up-coming events happening around the Newcastle area, and are frequently involved with the Newcastle and Maitland Fire & Flow community jams.
2022 was fruitful for Dread Maiden, with January 2022 seeing her featured as a guest artist on Bristol, UK’s Goat Shed radio show, The Down Underground.
She has become a regular around Newcastle and Sydney bass parties, including Newcastle’s Higher Ground bass event series, Newy Bass Crew’s Steel City Bass, Dekonstructed’s Dekonstructed Dance and Daydreaming, and as a resident Cabin Fever Crew DJ, with gigs at Sydney music institutions, The Lansdowne and The Gladstone, as well as recurring spots playing at the Bass Ship events at Knox Street Bar, and recently, as international support for Brazilian drum and bass artist Jam Thieves and UK jungle powerhouse, Serial Killaz.
The end of 2022 saw her play at the bass-focussed doof, Basscamp, alongside some of Australia and New Zealand’s most progressive and estabilished bass acts, includng Truth, Ryanosaurus, Dysphemic, Xsetra, Grug, Duos, Doctor Werewolf, Itsu and Prowler Dub Sound System.
2023 is already booking fast with a Melbourne trip with Cabin Fever Crew in January for DNB Mondays, and February saw her on support for the Cabin Fever Crew, Newy Bass Crew and Particle Sound System collaboration bringing jungle and drum and bass OG, Dillinja, to Sydney, as well Newcastle and Sydney events including NSW festival, Zenith Gathering, in April 2023.