by Samantha Duenas

 recently i read “i am malala,” the memoir of a young pakistani girl named malala yousafzai. she made international headlines a few years ago when she was shot in the head by the taliban while standing up for girls’ education. in reading her story, i was not only touched by her miraculous survival, but by her unapologetic courage leading up to a near death experience, and her ongoing dedication after it.  one tremendous fight to survive, one nobel peace prize, and a slew of awards and interviews later, malala now has a sturdy platform to share her message. however there was a time when she faced so much adversity, danger, and uncertainty of who was listening and if her voice would ever be heard. and that is the raw courage that inspires me. i hope to ever be as brave with what i want to share with the world.  malala’s passion for education resonates with me. unlike malala, i was fortunate to grow up in los angeles where it is legal for girls to attend school. school isn’t for everyone, and there are plenty of valuable life lessons that the classroom does not teach, but i loved my school experience. it was a safe place for me to access a broad range of knowledge, actively participate in discussion, compete in sports, make friends, learn about people. it was a safe place for me to make mistakes and improve. i owe a lot of my own confidence, work ethic, and sense of possibility to my days in school.  i consider myself a budding education activist. the fact that there are places in the world that deny children especially girls the choice to access an education breaks my heart. students in developing nations are faced with difficult learning conditions and lack of resources. over the past couple of years i have been able to visit schools while on dj tours, and have been finding ways to get involved. last year we raised over $5000 for my best friend kym’s “bigay puso” holiday celebration for underserved students in the philippines.  this year, i will be making a make a donation to  MALALA FUND , malala’s foundation dedicated to funding educations for girls facing discrimination, poverty, and war. my entire merch archive is now live in my shop, and 100% of merch sales will be donated to this cause.  thanks for taking the time to read and happy holidays!

recently i read “i am malala,” the memoir of a young pakistani girl named malala yousafzai. she made international headlines a few years ago when she was shot in the head by the taliban while standing up for girls’ education. in reading her story, i was not only touched by her miraculous survival, but by her unapologetic courage leading up to a near death experience, and her ongoing dedication after it.

one tremendous fight to survive, one nobel peace prize, and a slew of awards and interviews later, malala now has a sturdy platform to share her message. however there was a time when she faced so much adversity, danger, and uncertainty of who was listening and if her voice would ever be heard. and that is the raw courage that inspires me. i hope to ever be as brave with what i want to share with the world.

malala’s passion for education resonates with me. unlike malala, i was fortunate to grow up in los angeles where it is legal for girls to attend school. school isn’t for everyone, and there are plenty of valuable life lessons that the classroom does not teach, but i loved my school experience. it was a safe place for me to access a broad range of knowledge, actively participate in discussion, compete in sports, make friends, learn about people. it was a safe place for me to make mistakes and improve. i owe a lot of my own confidence, work ethic, and sense of possibility to my days in school.

i consider myself a budding education activist. the fact that there are places in the world that deny children especially girls the choice to access an education breaks my heart. students in developing nations are faced with difficult learning conditions and lack of resources. over the past couple of years i have been able to visit schools while on dj tours, and have been finding ways to get involved. last year we raised over $5000 for my best friend kym’s “bigay puso” holiday celebration for underserved students in the philippines.

this year, i will be making a make a donation to MALALA FUND, malala’s foundation dedicated to funding educations for girls facing discrimination, poverty, and war. my entire merch archive is now live in my shop, and 100% of merch sales will be donated to this cause.

thanks for taking the time to read and happy holidays!

by Samantha Duenas

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i am three episodes in to my NTS radio show and really loving it. each episode has its own theme and mood depending on where i am in my head or where i am in the world. i think of it as a personal sound memoir. badboypapi, a very talented artist out of orlando, created the artwork for each month’s covers.

NTS does a solid job of archiving past shows complete with tracklist, head over to their site to play back at any time.

NTS archive

XLR8R PODCAST 546 by Samantha Duenas

to kick off the release of the PRIORITY remix pack, i did an interview and mix for the XLR8R podcast.  we talk a little bit about my recent north american tour and what i'm working on next.

read the entire interview

making this mix gave me so much life.  its been sooooo long since i last made a mix. listen below and hope you like it.

TRACKLIST
SOSUPERSAM - PRIORITY (DOUBLE CLAPPERZ REMIX)
HAZY FROM RAP BRAINS - 平成 (DOUBLE CLAPPERZ REMIX)
VONLIN YOON - PURPURA
LAKIM - CRAZY
YAEJI - GUAP (MALL GRAB REMIX)
DJ SEINFELD - TIME SPENT AWAY FROM U
LAUREN FLAX - WORK DAT
AFFILIATE - BREATHE F. DAKOTA SIXX (MAJORA REMIX)
BHAD BARBIE X PARSALIP - HI BICH (LAO REFIX)
FALCONS - ULTIMATE 2007 EDIT
LSDXOXO - CODENAME COTTONMOUTH
SOSUPERSAM - GOOD FOR IT (TICKLISH & NICO ADOMAKO REMIX)
LSDXOXO - DEATH RATTLE
MOLDY - TRAFFIC OVERHEAD F. SYLARBOMB
SPURZ - CITRUS
LAKIM - WITHIN YOU
PHOTEK - THE RAIN
SHY FX AND UK APACHI - ORIGINAL NUTTAH
NETSKY - LOST WITHOUT YOU
DJ HYBRID - BADBOY (KARTOON REMIX)
SOSUPERSAM - DRIP (SOUTH BABYLON REMIX)
HEIST - MOOSE KNUCKLE

NTS RADIO GUEST MIX - STREAM AND TRACKLIST by Samantha Duenas

my first guest mix on NTS Radio is now up!  played some of the remixes off of my new PRIORITY remixes compilation.  explored some new club bass, rap bangers coming out of asia, a little footwork, and more and more bass.  ended the show with my summer anthem P-LO "woke."  i love the brandy & monica sample.  i think might have a regular slot on NTS, keep ya posted on that.

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NTS radio

E/S/P june 13, 3pm

TRACKLIST
SOSUPERSAM - PRIORITY (UNIIQU3 REMIX)
BRENMAR - FREE UP
LSDXOXO - BURN THE WITCH
KINGDOM - P JAM PEPPER POT
RL GRIME F. JEREMIH AND TORY LANEZ - UNDO
DVA FT. ZOE - COME LETS FLY (KINGDOM EDIT)
DJ GLUE AND BEATRIZ PESSO - BEATRIZ
UNII1QU3 - LIKE ME
KOHH - ORERA NO SEKATSU
YOUNGQUEENZ - SILK ROAD SOUNDS VOL 1
VANDA - (SOMETHING IN KOREAN)
BOHAN PHOENIX - OVERSEAS F. RYAN HEMSWORTH
MARU X ONJUICY - THATS MY S**T
DOUBLE CLAPPERZ F. ONJUICY - PIEDPIPER
HOWIE LEE - WHITE PLAIN
HIGHER BROTHERS - NOMADIC F. JOJI
GOOSEBUMPS - HIT ME UP F. SIK-K
THAIBOY DIGITAL - MAGIC
SOSUPERSAM - GOOD FOR IT (DRUGUSE REMIX)
DRUGUSE - CAN'T STOP
TEKLIFE - AM TRACK (SALVA REMIX)
ETCH - JUST A LITTLE VIBE
DJ ORANGE JULIUS - MS FOOTWORK
SINISTARR - MAKIN' HYPE TRACKS
CHUNGKING AND MANSION - OPIUM RIDDIM
UKKO AND MISSY ELLIOTT - MISSY'S PERFUME (FALCONS EDIT)
MERCA BAE - SURVIVING MISTICO
DJ NA - NEW FREEZER DEMBOW
P-LO - WOKE

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NTS RADIO ON JUNE 13 by Samantha Duenas

i am a regular listener of NTS radio, and now very excited to do a guest mix this week.  i am calling the show ESP, extra sensory perception. i think it speaks to all of the neon psyhic signs around LA, and somewhat describes my sound direction as i intend to use this radio canvas to share lots of the music that tickles my senses, music that I don't normally share at club gigs or at 143.

June 13, 3-4pm PST

Click here to tune in.

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Photo by Christina Choi

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