SIX AM Guest Mix: KXAH
Kristina Khanenko, aka KXAH, is a Russian-Ukrainian DJ, curator, and producer, based in Cambridge, MA.
October 13, 2023 at 12:00 AM PT
Kristina Khanenko, aka KXAH, is a Russian-Ukrainian DJ, curator, and producer, based in Cambridge, MA. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, and with roots in Ukraine, KXAH has become a prominent figure in the music scene of Boston, Massachusetts. Her musical journey began at an early age when she started performing with the Kalinka ballet company at the age of 5. This early exposure to the world of performance instilled in her a deep appreciation for classical orchestral sounds and fostered her musical development.
KXAH's musical palette expanded as she drew inspiration from post-punk and acid rock, adding layers of complexity to her evolving sound. Today, as a DJ, KXAH focuses on three main genres: Experimental-Ambient, Electro-Punk, and Techno. Regardless of the genre she's performing, KXAH's signature style is characterized by intense percussion noise, a rich tapestry of distorted textures, and the incorporation of damaged rhythms.
Kristina has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Hector Oaks, Ettap Kyle, Phase Fatal, Lucy, and Schacke, to name a few. After her formative work with Boston-based collective, INFRA, Kristina co-founded her own genreless collective, Aversion. Aversion's mission is to focus on sensory and experimental events on the East Coast, pushing the boundaries of what electronic music can be.
Beyond her live sets, KXAH extends her influence through her Sound Waves podcast, featured on London-based AAJA. Her PAGE11 events series serves as a testament to her role in shaping and nurturing the emerging US techno scene among the new generation.