Welcome To My Crate XL is a free audio podcast focusing on dance music, cultural topics, studio/DJ tips and general tomfoolery. The long form conversation is hosted by globally active DJ/producer Chris Manik aka MANIK, alongside friends and special guests.

Episode 33 features Valida, DJ on KCRW with a longstanding career in the industry. In 2002 she released a DJ-culture documentary film, Concentric Beats. Valida also throws a weekly party at the Standard Hollywood called “Desert Nights.” In this episode, we speak about her journey from Bosnia to Los Angeles, her early experiences in LA nightlife, being approached to DJ on KCRW, what it means to be an open format DJ and much more.


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– jams
Jimbo James