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Maayan Nidam on New Band, The Waves & Us

Maayan Nidam may be a celebrated house and techno DJ, but that's only scratching at the surface of her musical interests and talents. For one thing, she's always kept a soft spot for live musicianship.

"As a teenager, I listened to a lot of rock -- all sorts of rock: classic, grunge, hard rock, heavy metal, you name it," she tells Crossfade. "I wasn't into machine music until it started playing in the clubs I went out to on weekends. Before that, I thought it's not real -- it didn't make sense to me. Today, as well, I prefer saving dance music mostly for the clubs."

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Even her ostensibly electronic production projects divulge a love for traditional live music forms. Take 2009's much-lauded Nightlong LP, inspired by and built around samples of Cuban folk music. 

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