New Zealand born and raised Kim De La Haye aka De La Haye, has been one of the most hardworking and energetic members of the Brisbane broken-beat scene, since moving to Australia in 2000. With track selection, mixing, and a smile that sets any dancefloor ablaze, De La Haye is a regularly booked DJ, not to mention one of the scene's leading promoters.
Before discovering jungle in ’96, Kim’s early musical influences ranged from soul, funk, reggae and hiphop, to rock, punk and metal. Perhaps in this, we find the blue print for her versatility. Whether its dub or ragga vibes, driving techstep darkness, complex drum choppage, or rolling liquid sounds, De La Haye's drum’n’bass sets offer something for all tastes.
All of this has not gone unnoticed by other promoters, as De La Haye continues to amass an impressive DJ resume playing all around Australia and New Zealand, as well as the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Sun and Bass Festivals in Sardinia Italy, the 2010 Paradise in Bali Festival, UK, Amsterdam & Hong Kong. From being a regular at local events (e.g. Biscuit Factory, 420 Sound in Byron Bay, Liquid Sessions, Rude Bwoyz, Phat Albeats, BassCreepz, Praxis, Dub Thugs, Adicts, Shifty, Shucka, Proppa, Sting-Land), Kim's cross-genre appeal has also seen her feature at many non-DnB raves and festivals (e.g. Defqon.1, Stereosonic, Future Music, Earth Frequency, Home Gathering, Earthcore, ReAnimator, Mayhem, System 6, Island Vibe, BBQ Breaks, Shhh, Deliverance, Manifest, Blah Blah Blah, Dragonflight).
What cannot be understated is De La Haye’s massive contribution to promoting in the Brisbane broken-beat community over the past 15 years. In 2002 she co-promoted the weekly Freestyle event at Red Room - Uni of Qld, in 2003 formed the female DJ crew 'Junglettes', in 2004 began the dub and jungle nights 'Ragga'd' and 'Offshoots of Reggae’, and in 2005 started the hard DnB/Dubstep night 'Rukus' alongside SpeakerWrath. Through both collaborations with other local crews and on her own, De La Haye’s events have hosted most of the international DnB acts that have come through Brisbane since. Recent years has seen her team up with Kosha D running the monthly Junkyard Sessions night. This incredible and often solo effort has been a driving force and integral part in the growth of the Brisbane scene.
De La Haye is one busy Junglette, also managing the Brizbass event mailing list and local broken-beat website that she founded in September 2008, and regularly playing hiphop, funk/soul, garage & reggae sets as well, as a resident DJ of Junkyard Sessions, Rumpus Room, The Loft, Archive, F45 Gym, Solbar (Sunshine Coast), Kerbside, Brew. However her main focus for 2016 is to lend more time to production. Given the accomplishments and talent shown so far, where she will go from here no one can predict.