Wax On Mare St. is the combined trio of James Puentes, Dissonance and MIINA. Formed in 2015, as solo acts James Puentes and Dissonance had already graced the decks of Fabric while MIINA held a residency at Eastern Electrics Festival. This year the trio will play Eastern Electrics Festival in Morden Park for the second year running so we caught up with them to find out more about their story so far.
After we initially met we started jamming in the studio and that’s where Wax On Mare St. was formed.
First up, tell us about yourselves. What were you doing before forming Wax On Mare St.?
All three of us have always individually been into music and we guess everything happens for a reason, hence us all meeting in London which is a huge hub for the industry.
How did you all meet?
We met through mutual friends… funnily enough in Alessio’s kitchen.
What led to you collaborating together?
James had a studio in Mare Street on his own at first. After we initially met we started jamming in the studio and that’s where Wax On Mare St. was formed.
Why the name Wax on Mare St.?
Our studio is on Mare Street in Hackney. James came out with the name one day and it just seem to stick… It seems more than appropriate that as time goes on, we always seem to be having a Mare (Nightmare) haha!
What’s been your most significant moments since working together in 2015?
There are a couple that spring to mind, DJ wise we would say playing together at our first festival gig for Eastern Electrics and playing together in Room One at Fabric towards end of 2017.
Our first release was on a V/A for Roush which seemed to pickup quite a lot of support from DJs around the world. Also the remix we did for our good friend ADMNTi on As One LDN Records did really well, it was also our first vinyl release! Which we was very happy with.
How’s 2018 going?
So far so good… we have lots of releases scheduled throughout the year on various different labels, both digital and on vinyl. We have also joined up with WE ARE SOUND Booking Agency on their credible roster.
You’re set to play Eastern Electrics Festival for the second year running this summer. Which stage did you play on and what reaction did your set get in 2017?
Last year we opened up the festival on the Viva Warriors stage. We think musically considering the rest of the artists playing we played at the right time. It’s not always easy playing the opening sets! We always like a challenge which helps keep us on our toes, or, in this case, on our ears!
Which stage are you playing on this summer?
This year we are very much looking forward to opening the main stage.
What makes Eastern Electrics Festival special?
The range of acts and genres you can listen to across the two days, especially this year it has something for everyone.
What can we expect from your set?
Turn up on Saturday, August 4th to find out.
Who else on the line-up are you looking forward to seeing?
I guess we will have to wait until the festival unravels as there are far too many to choose from.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen for you this year, what would it be?
To continue doing what we love and enjoy.
Listen to Wax on Mare St. on SoundCloud below. Eastern Electrics Festival will be held on Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th in Morden Park featuring acts such as Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping, Nastia, Eats Everything, Alan Fitzpatrick, Skream, Dennis Ferrer, Sam Divine and TQD. For tickets and details go to easternelectrics.com.