“Purveyor of rhythmic, infectious dance grooves and a feel-good atmosphere.”
That’s how Leo(ma) describes himself as a DJ. Never afraid to go too deep, his emotive musical selections are his own therapy. Having grown up on an eclectic combination of 90s east coast hip-hop (Wu-tang, Biggie), Pioneering rap DJs (Funk Master Flex, Premier), and Detroit to London originators (Kevin Saunderson, Mr.G)… all of which became infused with his own love for both hip-hop and electronic music, Leo(ma) ended up with quite a diverse spectrum of musical influence from his childhood in Morocco to his college years in Los Angeles. Today, this translates into sets where he picks apart and infuses together all the pieces of this music that he loves best: intricate hat work, ethereal texture, brooding basslines, and occasional vocal hooks… all on top of a pronounced foot-shuffling beat.
A very active member of his local community, Leo(ma) is no stranger to the ups-and-downs of the urban nightlife. Though he loves playing in nightclubs, festivals and special events, his love for music goes beyond the spectrum of mixing tunes. But creating atmospheres for electronic music in his beloved Morocco through PURE and now Default Settings, he has found plenty of ways to express himself musically and creatively alongside the likes of Christian Burkhardt, Eduardo de la Calle, Nima Gorji, Magda, Petre Inspirescu, Sonja Moonear, David Delgado amongst many others.
“For me, it’s all about finding that place in your mind, where nothing matters, but the music and the connection it creates with the people around you.”