Consider Fafa Khan the antidote to today’s white male-dominated EDM scene. Born in Montreal with Japanese, Pakistani, and Finnish roots, she’s expeditiously established herself as one of the world’s most sought-after female DJs thanks to an eclectic style as diverse as her background. As part of her work with Miller Genuine Draft, Fafa was even invited to Budapest last year, where she witnessed one of the world’s biggest DJs, Mark Ronson, perform at Miller Music Amplified 2019.
“Hype,” is the word she uses to describe her sound. “The higher the energy, the better I perform, no matter what genre of music. My personal favourites are hip-hop, dancehall, and festival. If I'm on stage I'll throw in tribal, French rap, or Afro, just to represent our favourites from back home.”
Luckily, Khan was able to land on her feet as nightlife began shifting online when Canada went into COVID quarantine. “Surprisingly, during lockdown I was still busy, which was a blessing,” she says. “A lot of clients requested for online parties, I dedicated time to DJ for fundraisers, and just did a ton of IG and FB Lives every weekend to keep people's energy alive. I finally had proper time to dedicate to producing, which I never got before due to my busy schedule. I actually appreciated the break.”
With dance floors closed for the foreseeable future, Khan—who’s also a visual artist and graphic designer—plans to use this socially-distanced new era to become even more of a Renaissance woman. “Moving forward, my team and I are trying as many creative outlets as we can,” she says. “I want to push myself while I finally have this extra time to do so, which I didn't have before. Also time where I can finally sit and dedicate to production, painting, merchandise, and design.”