Valida

Valida

Host, Valida

Originally from Sarajevo, Valida fled a heavily conflicted Bosnia to pursue higher education in the US. In the course of her studies, she won a coveted nationwide Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship, which allowed her to create and release a DJ-culture documentary film, Concentric Beats.

A musician and a performer since the age of four, her work on the film sparked a desire to dig deeper into her vinyl collection and explore the art of mixing. She founded a popular weekly club night and rose through the ranks to become an important figure in LA's nightlife scene.

Her specialty is a seamless blending of a variety of music styles and her reputation for fearlessly fusing everything from disco to country and beyond made her a perfect fit for KCRW, where she started on air in 2010.

Since purchasing her first set of turntables in 1998, she has been featured at a variety of high profile events worldwide, including; Winter Music Conference, SXSW Music Conference, Regine in Paris, Dragon-I in Hong Kong, Mystique in Kuala Lumpur, Boudoir in Dubai, Nuphoria in Tokyo, Candela in Puerto Rico, Organic in Mexico, Barbados, San Salvador and her native Bosnia.

When The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opened its doors in December 2010, Valida played the launch party and continued to hold a monthly residency through summer of 2011. She also co-founded Hollywood's buzz-night, School Night at Bardot, which received Paper Magazine's coveted People's Choice Award for "America's Best Party" in its first year. She deejayed and assisted with talent booking before shifting her focus on her own music making which, due to a demanding DJ schedule, had been on hiatus since 2006.

Armed with a piano, Logic, and a midi controller, Valida has created remixes for LA's Foster The People, Jenny O., Saint Motel, and Bosnian pop star, Dino Merlin. Currently she is working on her original music with a debut EP slated for a summer 2013 release.

Valida can be heard on air on KCRW (89.9 FM) in Los Angeles on rotating Sundays from 3-6AM as part of their program The Lab. She can also be seen at The Standard Hollywood, where each Wednesday evening she curates and deejays an intimate evening of live music called Desert Nights, her homage to the 60's Laurel Canyon culture.

Valida on KCRW

The film “Quo Vadis, Aida?” tells what happened in Srebrenica in 1995 during the Bosnian War, when 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically executed.

KCRW’s Valida reflects on ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ and how the 1995 genocide links all Bosnians

The film “Quo Vadis, Aida?” tells what happened in Srebrenica in 1995 during the Bosnian War, when 8000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically executed.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Valida seamlessly blends a variety of music styles that include: indie rock, house, electro, disco, world rhythms, golden-era hip-hop, and some classic 80s, pop, punk, and reggae…

Valida's playlist, April 4, 2021

Valida seamlessly blends a variety of music styles that include: indie rock, house, electro, disco, world rhythms, golden-era hip-hop, and some classic 80s, pop, punk, and reggae…

from Valida

Valida seamlessly blends a variety of music styles that include: indie rock, house, electro, disco, world rhythms, golden-era hip-hop, and some classic 80s, pop, punk, and reggae…

Valida's playlist, March 28, 2021

Valida seamlessly blends a variety of music styles that include: indie rock, house, electro, disco, world rhythms, golden-era hip-hop, and some classic 80s, pop, punk, and reggae…

from Valida

More from KCRW

A Global Exploration of Sounds.

from Aaron Byrd

Anne Litt hosts unexpected choices in progressive pop and new rhythms.

from Anne Litt

Metropolis playlist, May 8, 2021.

from Metropolis

Raul Campos creates a mix of emerging artists and current favorites, bringing essential cuts from around the world and a little closer to home -- from soulful grooves and fresh remixes…

from Raul Campos

Black Country New Road , the beaming breakthrough septet out of South London, propelled into the spotlight back in 2019 with a couple of stunning tracks, before releasing their debut…

from Today's Top Tune

Raul Campos creates a mix of emerging artists and current favorites, bringing essential cuts from around the world and a little closer to home -- from soulful grooves and fresh remixes…

from Raul Campos

mehro is poised as one of LA’s breakout newcomers. In fact, this Angelino released his first song in 2020 and has already been championed by many including NPR.

from Today's Top Tune

It’s fitting that Mauri Tapia gave himself the moniker Los Retros.

from Today's Top Tune