Alessandra is Ma-less (malice): a DJ, Producer from Orlando, FL. Raised by a Jamaican father and Panamanian mother in a home where salsa, merengue, and reggae were frequently heard and influenced by the various EDM acts, Ma-less continues to experiment with differing sounds and genres pushing boundaries musically and vocally, gaining attention from many by doing so.
Ma-less has also been gaining attention through her weekly residency called Shake 'n Bass at Backbooth, which has been featured on Vice, DJ Mag, and Nylon magazine. She's had releases on Selegna Records, Mad Decent, Enchufada, and Aftercluv Dancelab (UMG) with a catalog that continues to grow. Ma-less has DJ'd across the US and internationally and has also shared the stage with international and national acts and continues to grow and expand through her music and collaborations.
Shake 'n Bass @ Backbooth (weekly Sundays: July 2012 - Present)
At every stop, the lineup featured performances by JSTJR alongside Uniiqu3 and Ma-Less, both producers, DJs, and vocalists featured on the “Never Squad Down” EP who are well known for raising the energy at any show with their hybrid DJ/live performances. Rallying around the core trio in celebration of the new release, tour stops featured DJ sets by Dave Nada, Happy Colors, The Borrowers, False Witness, SpydaT.E.K, Late Night Laggers and more.
Recent Insomniac Records signee JSTJR, Jersey club queen UNIIQU3, and Orlando native ma-LESS today shared a music video for the three tracks on their Never Squad Down EP. JSTJR produced the release—incorporating a heavy baile funk influence as he's known to do—and it features an infectious vocal from each of the other two artists. Meanwhile, the clip was filmed in Los Angeles, and shows UNIIQU3 and ma-LESS linking up with women from the pluggedin.LA and Late Night Laggers crews to throw a rooftop party. It's an impassioned ode to both the power of empathetic connection as well as staying out way too late.
It’s been a rough year for Orlando. Following the Pulse shooting, the city lost one of its own local heroes after the unfortunate death of Big Makk, who passed away in a tragic car accident this past August. The budding DJ/producer was originally scheduled to perform at this year’s EDC Orlando, and after news broke of his passing, the Insomniac team brought on members of his Shake ‘n Bass crew—with which Big Makk held a residency at Orlando’s Backbooth—for an emotional tribute set to the fallen soul. Throughout the weekend, Big Makk totems and signs filled the sky, but it was when the producer’s own mother came onstage that the city and crowd truly felt the power of the moving set. Her presence reminded Headliners to celebrate her son’s legacy via his music in the crowd, on the dancefloor, and within the heart. #BigMakkForever. —John Ochoa