Sonia Calico Releases New Single from TREKKIE TRAX with Remixes by Asian Artists
BY Brien John / Mar-12-2021
Sonia Calico, a Taiwanese DJ/producer who has performed at notable festivals such as SXSW and Sónar Hong Kong, as well as releasing a full-length album from the British More Time Records in 2020, debuts her new single from Tokyo’s TREKKIE TRAX on March 12. This project has been in the making since 2018, with the friendship between Sonia and TREKKIE TRAX blooming that year, when TREKKIE TRAX toured Sonia’s home of Taiwan.
The single, “Change, Reset” contains a delicate sound, with a characteristic melody featuring Australian artist PRINCI’s bewitching and magnificent vocals. Additionally, four different styles of remixes by Carpainter, KΣITO, Mark Redito, and Kelvin T are included. The single brings Asian artists from Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, together.
Born and raised in Taipei, DJ/Producer Sonia Calico has been at the forefront of Taiwan’s dance music scene, bringing a sharp ear for music that has fun and unique grooves. The cornerstone of her sound is the UK influenced bass/club music with a mature integration of a variety of sonic elements that was surrounded by her while she experienced growing up in Taipei. Including the sounds from Mandopop, oriental instrumentation from the traditional ceremonies, Japanese anime soundtracks. Her music often comes with messages, to raise the awareness of equalities, to reflect the issues of contemporary society...etc. Former leader of the legendary Taiwanese electro punk band Go Chic, after the band went on indefinite hiatus she dedicated herself into creation and promotion of the underground dance music culture in Taipei. She has not only launched her music/event label UnderU, but also started a monthly workshop “Beatmakers Taipei”, which created a platform for all the local producers to share their skills and experiences. Since 2017, Sonia Calico has released 2 official EPs and a number of singles, remixes. Her endeavours led to several features on music magazines like The Fader, FACT, Dazed…, she has performed music events like Boiler Room, SXSW, ADE, Sonar Hong Kong... In 2019, she released a self-directed video project “Clutter Confines”, which was her response to the marriage equality rights movement in Taiwan. The video was premiered on Boiler Room 4:3. In September she released a single “Hougong Crash” which she also directed the music video herself, collaborating with queer voguers group Slutty Pomi. In December she released “Iridescent Vision Feat Taj Raiden”, discussing visions created when human civilization meets future technologies. The track won The Golden Indie Music Award for “The Best Electronic Music”. In 2020, she teamed up with More Time Records, released her debut album “Simulation Of An Overloaded World”.
TREKKIE TRAX is a music label and an artist collective based-in Tokyo Japan since 2012. They manage their core artists such as Carpainter and Masayoshi Iimori, and so far, they have released over 100 Singles, EPs, albums as digital, CD, and Vinyl. Those music also have been supported by various and genreless DJs such as Skrillex, Diplo, Major Lazer, A-Trak, Gilles Peterson, Baauer, RL Grime, Kettama, Daedelus, Ryan Hemsworth, Porter Robinson, Anna Lunoe, Mija, Nina Las Vegas, Machinedrum, Mr. Oizo, Addison Groove, Roska, Ookay, Girraffage, XXYYYXX, Nightwave, UZ, DJ Shiftee, T. Williams, DJ Q and many more.
1. Sonia Calico - Change, Reset feat. PRINCI
2. Sonia Calico - Change, Reset feat. PRINCI (Carpainter Remix)
3. Sonia Calico - Change, Reset feat. PRINCI (Kelvin T Remix)
4. Sonia Calico - Change, Reset feat. PRINCI (KΣITO Remix)
5. Sonia Calico - Change, Reset feat. PRINCI (Mark Redito Remix)