DJ Eden Hagos from Soulection has the gift of gab when it comes to sounds and knowing where to go with them. This Eritrean goddess, who crossed the Red Sea at the age of 4 with her family for a new life in the US, has built notoriety through her innovative sets that concoct the past, present, and future in an enigmatic style. To Eden, it's necessary that her creative approach to music and her overall persona remains rooted in authenticity. The prophet of future sounds linked up with MISSBISH to talk music, influences, and what to expect from her in the near future.
How did you become musically inclined?
I’ve always been into music for a long as I can remember. I grew up in a very traditional African household. During my teens, my uncle gifted me The Fugees album and that was the start. I was really inspired by that album and Lauryn Hill, as a woman and creative.
In college, I started focusing on instrumental music, soundscapes and all those hard to describe sounds. I would spend hours looking up samples and instrumentals of my favorite songs and compiling playlists on YouTube.
How did you find your way into DJing and producing?
After college, I moved to San Diego. That was kind of the start of me getting into beat culture and trying to meet people who were into the same things as me. San Diego is pretty small, there was definitely an emerging scene but it wasn’t as big as LA. I met the right people and was able to get some guidance. I asked a lot of questions, digging and really fine tuning my ear and getting familiar with the different producers that had that “future sound.”
How would you describe your sound?
My goal is to bring visibility to those sounds that you can't quite put your genre finger on. My sound is deeply rooted in underground hip hop, sample-based, percussion-heavy tunes, and future bass. I’m also heavily influenced by African music.
When people listen to your sets, what impact do you want to make on them?
I really want my listeners to focus on my selections. I feel like my gift and what separates me from other DJs is the music I have. I spend a lot of time digging and searching. I make it a goal to try and educate as well as introduce new sounds to my listeners … also known as “future sounds.”
“I’m just being myself and I hope that shines through and resonates with my fans. I just try to cultivate and live an authentic life, as both an artist and a human being."
Where do you draw inspiration for curating a set or a beat?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. I really like the terms “digital digger” or “selector” because that is what I am and what I do. The future is digital. I source most of my music online through different platforms. I am always listening and exploring, especially via Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
How does music impact your every-day life?
Music impacts my life in many ways. Music is simply a force that cannot be explained. It messes with our heads, it makes us feel different emotions, sometimes it even physically changes us. Music unites us.
How does your sound convey your overall aesthetic?
I’m just being myself and I hope that shines through and resonates with my fans. I just try to cultivate and live an authentic life, as both an artist and a human being.
Should we be on the lookout for upcoming projects?
Yes, lots more touring, and producing and building with fellow artists around the world. I'm currently preparing to head to Africa and work on a women's empowerment initiative. I'm very excited about this chapter in my life.
Where do you want the music to lead you to?
Everywhere and anywhere my heart desires. I just want to continue to create and pursue ventures that fulfil me, and hopefully inspire others along the way.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
Strength and womanhood.
Who's your MISSBISH? Tell us who she is and why she's an inspiration to you.
My mother has been the greatest inspiration in my life and is the main reason that I am where I am, and who I am, today.
Do yourself a favor, and check out some sounds of the future curated by Eden Hagos.
Photographer: Angelo Vazquez