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Noncompliant RA Exchange from Unsound 2017

May 13, 2018

Tracing her path from the barn raves of Indiana to the main stage of Unsound, she was as sage as she was laid-back, cracking wise one minute and dropping hard truths the next, reflecting on her past and pondering her future in this Live Exchange with Will Lynch.

Noncompliant in The Village Voice

February 16, 2018

In Michaelangelo Matos' "Beat Connection: Five Essential DJ Sets" feature:

"Noncompliant: Discwoman 37 (January 18, 2018)

Born Lisa Smith, Noncompliant spent many years playing and recording as DJ Shiva; this newer moniker is less a signal of rebirth than of consolidation. (And, of course, protest, as a perusal of her Twitter account makes plain.) But though she’s always played hard and deep, the sets she’s issued since the switch have been especially focused and invigorated. This one — recorded live at a femme-centric party thrown in Pittsburgh last July 29 by promoters GirlFx at the club Hot Mass, which resides beneath a bathhouse and whose capacity is under 200 — lets Smith show off her, and techno’s, full range. Right, a live set tends to lose something in the transition to earbuds, especially considering the original setting; and right, even I get sick of nonstop techno over four hours. But this set transmits the humidity of the original room. I keep waiting for things to flag, and for 221 minutes, nothing does. Instead, rooms open up to more rooms. And as a colleague put it, “Just when I’m about to give up, ‘Energy Flash.’ ”

Shake! Boston interviews Noncompliant ahead of January show

January 10, 2018

It’s no secret that Noncompliant aka DJ Shiva has a strong voice and isn’t afraid to use it, but she’s got the DJ and producer chops to back it up. And she’s much more than a “Twitter personality” — she’s proof that these channels can be strong networks for marginalized people, and that social media can be used to shape discourse and fight heteropatriarchal power within music scenes and within this fucked up world.

Work In Progress last show of 2017 featuring Noncompliant

Noncompliant chosen as one of Mixmag's Breakthrough DJs of 2017

The artist FKA DJ Shiva has been honing her craft for decades, playing regularly around the US Midwest. As her moniker implies, she takes no prisoners, channelling the fury instilled by worldly injustices into blistering, defiant sets. In 2017 she toured Europe and picked up bookings at top-tier clubs across the States.

Brand new Noncompliant tune featured on Fiedel's upcoming official Berghain mix

The mix, which will be available for free in late January, was taken from a recording of a recent Berghain set, and features tracks from the likes of Dopplereffekt, Steffi and Hodge as well.

Noncompliant among first wave of performers announced for Moogfest 2018

Durham, North Carolina's Moogfest has posted the first phase of its lineup for next year's event, which takes place from May 17th through the 20th. 

Liaison Artists adds Noncompliant to the roster for North and South American bookings

Liaison Artists is one of North America's premiere booking agencies.

Live at Unsound Krakow

Live from Hotel Forum at 2017's Unsound Krakow! 

Noncompliant remixes Ambivalent

For when you need a raw, dirty, acid jacker...

Room 4 Resistance Radio session

Check out this great show with a set from Noncompliant featuring all-female producers.

Noncompliant's "Femslash" featured on Argot's "American Dance Music" compilation

Chicago's Argot label brings some more straightforward dancefloor sounds with this compilation.

Searing techno from a Midwest phenomenon.

September 25, 2017

"Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, she's been an underground hero since the '90s, unleashing her style at raves in barns and bingo halls and on mixes like 1999's Scenes From Dystopia. Now she's enjoying a much overdo breakthrough, with a debut a Panorama Bar earlier this year and her first European tour on the horizon. With RA.591, we get a sense of what we've been missing."

5 Magazine feature on Noncompliant

September 14, 2017

I had a great conversation with Terry Matthew about skateboard videos, the Midwest, techno, and other fun stuff. 

Noncompliant's debut from 2017's Movement Detroit Boiler Room party

September 07, 2017

Techno matriarch DJ Shiva aka Noncompliant delivered an unrelenting, bass-driven set.


September 07, 2017

If you’re a keen techno head then the chances are that you’ve encountered the sounds of DJ Shiva, AKA Noncompliant on a dancefloor recently.

Raving and Resisting in the Midwest with DJ Shiva AKA Noncompliant

July 27, 2017

The outspoken queer DJ from Indianapolis talks to Marke B. about her Rust Belt rave past and red state present

RA features Noncompliant remix of John Barera & Paul Morse on Allergy Season

July 19, 2017

Wonky electro business. 

Sequencer Soundcast w/ Noncompliant

June 28, 2017

Sequencer magazine features Noncompliant on their Soundcast, along with a short writeup.

DJ Shiva opens up 2017 Movement Detroit week on Boiler Room

May 25, 2017

Boiler Room does Detroit with host Heidi and guests Loren, Justin Cudmore, DJ Shiva, and Kevin Saunderson. A sweaty, raucous time was had by all. Here you can watch my set, where I took things a little harder. 

I did a dirty, acidy, jacky mix for Thump for the upcoming Club Toilet afterparty at Movement Detroit

May 24, 2017

Check the mix and read the interview with the promoters of Movement weekend's wildest queer party. :)

DJ Shiva is Noncompliant

May 01, 2017

Lisa catches our ear with perceptive observations on the gender schism within electronic music. She is unapologetic in her strong opinions and incredibly articulate, which makes her magnetic, both on camera and off.  

But Lisa has more than politics to offer. As it turns out, she is one of the best DJ/producers we’ve never heard of.  

Noncompliant: Groove Podcast 102

April 14, 2017

There’s people who are passionate about Techno and there’s people like Lisa Smith, who seem to practically breathe Techno. Smith has been part of the Midwest rave scene for two decades now and has become internationally known under her DJ Shiva moniker in the past years, but has also recently debuted with a new pseudonym, the hardware-orientated Noncompliant Her recent releases under the new name on Detroit Underground and Ambivalent’s Valence imprint showcase a brand of beltering, hyperprecise Techno with a funky twist that also dominates her contribution to our Groove podcast. It’s all peaks and valleys – but Techno through and through.

Ben Sims drops "More Than Surviving" on his Run It Red radio show

March 28, 2017

The always stellar Ben Sims is great at spotting the new jams. Thanks to him for dropping Noncompliant "More Than Surviving" in his March radio show mix. 


March 15, 2017

The highlight from The Black Madonna's cover mix has landed

DJ Shiva Femmecult Interview

August 19, 2016

Christina SciFiSol interviews DJ Shiva about techno, feminism, and her new Noncompliant project. 

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