Teniel Throssell, hailing from the land of the Big Kahuna, is now making waves worldwide. Perhaps best known for her residencies at London’s Phonox, HAAi brings a world music scope to dance music, incorporating an eclectic mix of sounds and influences from every continent.

With a background in Psychedelic rock, HAAi approaches her DJ sets with a unique take that distorts the conventions of House Music. On tracks such as ‘Be Good’, Haai creates a dense soundscape with a thumping beat that rivals most veteran dance music acts.

Ahead of her new release Motorik Voodoo Bush Doof Musik, I spoke to Haai about the influences behind the album, her global ambitions, and collaborating with Japanese noise rock outfit Bo Ningen.

Just got done listening to the new release, it’s really good.

Ah thank you, I kinda think it’s the most me thing that I’ve done.

It definitely seems to veer even further away from the typical house structure.

I’m not really a house producer. I gave it a shot, I just don’t think it’s me right, so I kind just move away from that a little more on this one.

The album has an interesting title, was wondering if you could speak a little about what a “Bush Doof” is?

It’s like an Australian term for basically like a party that’s out in the Bush, call it a doof I guess cause sonically it sounds like “Doof.” I used to go to these when I was younger my first introduction to partying. When I was about 16, A funny little reminder of home in the title.

What were some other things that influenced the album?

I collaborated with a lot of friends in old bands I used to play in. So, the title track is Fay from Savages, she’s playing drums on that one. ‘I Never really cared much for Jungle’ has Taigen from Bo Ningen. We used to play around. I kind of wanted to involve the world of music I kind of turned my back on for a little bit. It was nice to embrace that again, that was a big part of it. The whole thing was an experiment above all.

Talking about Bo Ningen, you worked with them on one of your Coconut Beat DJ Sets.

Yeah, I think before anything was announced it was important to get them involved. Musically they have such a wealth of knowledge. Especially Japanese Music and their so discipline in how they produce as well as being great pals. It was nice to involve them in that.

The Coconut Beats shows explore a new country and culture of music each show, is there a country that you haven’t explored yet that you want to in the future?

There’s so many that I will be doing I think the next one is going to be on Thai music. I’ve got a load of old Thai Records, 60 beats. The Electric Phin Band are one of my favourite Thai groups. They make this hand-wired sound-system set up. They have one of the most contemporary Psychedelic records. Yeah, I think that’ll be the next one. It’s limitless though, I’ve played with Lithuanian DJs before, but I haven’t really delved into that scene yet. It’s also quite Psychedelic that scene.

You also have a past in Psychedelic band The Dark Bells. I was wondering where your love for all things Psychedelic started.

It came from the first ever band I was in. It was very Velvet Underground-inspired, but inspired more by their more psych stuff. That was my introduction.

Australia still reigns supreme as the modern Psych capital of the world, are you following any of the modern psyche music there?

Yeah, a little bit. King Gizzard obviously, Tame Impala’s the biggy, Pond. That first Melody Echo’s Chamber record, I think Kevin Parker produced that too. She got a really beautiful voice and she’s a brilliant songwriter.

Obviously, you have a love for world music, do you have a favourite place to play outside the UK?

That’s a toughy, because I love them all. I really really love playing in Lisbon. I played Lux a couple of times and it’s such a beautiful place. There’s a great dance music scene there as well. Apart from that, I though Marrakesh was aesthetically beautiful, and I had an affinity with the place because it’s very similar to where I’m from in Australia. I played the Oasis festival there last year and because it’s not a huge touring destination, everyone really appreciated you being there. The vibe was super special at the festival I thought. There are people I met at that festival that I still chat to online. I can’t wait to go back there actually.

Is there anywhere else you excited to play this year?

I’m touring back in Australia for the first time ever DJing. I’m really looking forward to that. I’m going out there in November. Doing a little bit of Asia as well.

What are the major differences you’ve discovered playing DJ sets opposed to live shows?

They're two totally different worlds. Playing live shows prepared for playing in front of large crowds. But being in a band you're kind of the focal point and the idea is to get everyone to watch you and be captivating. When you're DJing, you just want people to lose themselves in it a little bit more. Close their eyes and not look at you as much.

Do you have more of a chance to look and admire the crowd when you’re DJing?

Absolutely! That’s kind of what I spend most my time doing, sussing out if people are enjoying themselves or not.

We’re living in a time that’s hyper-aware of cultural appropriation. Can you speak on the importance of mixing cultures in music is?

With the Coconut Beats shows and especially for me now, it’s mostly been about giving exposure to up and coming bands from other countries, that might not get heard as much or played as much on the radio. It’s just about togetherness. But overall, global music has just been something I’ve always been interested in.

HAAi releases Motorik Voodoo Bush Doof Musik July 5th through her Coconuts Beat label.