DJ since 1991. Started the first hip hop parties in Latvia in 90’s together with emcees Ozols and Gustavo. AI-VA was involved in rhythmic development of the dance floor almost everywhere in Baltics.
AI-VA played with: Lord Jazz, Scratchator, Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, Cash Money, etc, and with many more live acts. Has also played numerous sets at festivals, night clubs, bars and parties. Currently a resident in Latvia’s biggest and most popular night club: „Essential”. AI-VA has played in many countries including neighboring Lithuania and Estonia, as well as USA, Canada, Sweden, Norway, UK, Ireland, Germany, Finland, France, Spain, Ibiza, etc. DJ tours around USA and Europe. Played in festivals: Ung08 (Sweden), MTV B-day, Positivus, Moonlight Party, Tele 2 Baltic Beach Party, etc.
Has been on a warm-up / support act for: Busta Rhymes, GZA, Onyx, Wu Tang Killa Beez, Guru, Maxi Jazz, Knife Party, Kill The Noise, Pendulum, Digitalism, Akil The MC (Jurassic 5), etc.
Drawing his influences from Soul, Funk, Rock, Reggae, HipHop, Breakbeats DJ AI-VA extracts the essence of all these styles, blending and arranging them in a way that’s entertaining to his listeners.
Since 2000, DJ AI-VA is producing weekly hip hop radio show: THE REMIX SHOW and runs a music school for djs and producers: Rhythm Institute. Has released various mixtapes and did remixes for Jurassic 5, Andre 3000, The Cataracs, Ozols, Gacho, Brainstorm, etc.
GZA (Wu Tang)
Guru (Gang Starr) R.I.P.
DJ Cash Money
Wu Tang Killa Beez
Lord Jazz (Lords Of The Underground)
Maxi Jazz (Faithless)
Kill The Noise
Akil The MC (Jurassic 5)
Adam Ficek (Babyshambles)
Chris Geddes (Belle & Sebastian)
Gary Powell (Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things)
DJ Hix (UK)
DJ Pogo (UK)
Shortee Blitz (UK)
Positivus Festival 2009, 2010, 2011
Summer Sound 2011
Fono Fest 2010
Laba Daba Fest 2010
Piens Fest 2010
Tele2 Baltic Beach Party 2007, 2008 (62 000 people at the fest)
Undercover Moonlight Party 2007, 2008, 2009 (12 000 people)
The City Festival 2009
Baltic Graffiti Festival 2006, 2007, 2008 (w/Mattafix)
Hip Hop Awards Latvia 2006
MTV B-day Festival Krastmala 2008
House Muzikas Nakts Andrejsala 2007, 08
MTV Latvia Grand Opening 2006
Dance Summit 2007, 2008
Ung08 Festival, Stockholm 2006
Re:Loud 2006 With Latvia’s most popular artists
Hip Hop Festivals 2002 – 2006 (local hip hop culture contest)
Open Street sessions 2006 (hip hop and extreme sports street sessions)
Private parties for Converse, Red Bull, Nike, Sportland, Nokia, Sony Ericcsson, Unilever, Turība University, Toyota, Lexus, Cosmopolitan mag, Surf's Seminar, Kite Party, etc
DJ AI-VA was featured in MTV artist TOP 10 with his top ten choice of all time. Also on a couple of other MTV shows such as interview for Supermercado about the djing and a music shool; and MTV News about Graffifi festival. He appeared many times on other TV stations as well.
AI-VA was also on the grand jury of Latvian music industry awards: Gada Balva for many years judging the best in many categories such as: best hip hop artist, best album, best dance music single, and many others.