“Hozho’s signature – Melodark – instantly diversifies the rising producer from the pack, disregarding the current dance music meta for something more intrinsically expressive.”
– Dancing Astronaut Magazine, 2019
Born in 1993, Hozho is a Portuguese DJ and music producer. His unique sounds, characterized by harmonious melodies in the middle of darkness, with minimal techno influences, led him to create his own musical genre – Melodark. Hozho makes melodious what appears to be tenebrous. He is the calm during the storm. The Yin and Yang.
Much more than a musical genre, Melodark is an artistic movement, always with an emotional, motivational and overcoming message. It’s a story. A philosophy. A lifestyle. Where many electronic producers get lost in the loopiness of lengthier beats, Hozho feels at home there. Each tune is a journey in its own right, courting the listener through the enchanted melodark forest of the Portuguese producer’s sonic envoy.
Joel Monteiro (Hozho’s real name) created this project in 2015 and since then he has released two albums, several EP’s, singles and remixes. His latest album Yin Yang, released in 2019, set Hozho in another level in the electronic music industry, asserting the status of “Rising Artist” for his originality and creativity. Yin Yang invites listeners on an aesthetically sound aural adventure fusing darker influences from techno, progressive, electro and even orchestral sound palates for an experience all its own.
After the release of Yin Yang, Hozho started his world tour where he has played in countries such as India, Mexico, Turkey, Argentina and Russia. Unfortunately, after the spread of the pandemic around the world, Hozho saw his tour canceled in 2020 and 2021 so far, but will certainly be back on the road as soon as some countries allow events.
In the upcoming shows, the Portuguese DJ and producer will bring a new concept that reflects the struggles during the pandemic that affected the physical and mental health of millions of people around the world – his new mask, the straitjacket and a new sonority are the pillars of this new concept.
Despite the struggles, Hozho released three singles so far during the pandemic: Time To Move On, Full Measures and Something Else, this last one with a bold and innovative sound. In addition to the productions, Hozho created the series Quarantine Mix which has two sets so far.
In 2021, Hozho plans to release his second solo album – Psychological Issues – and record his fourth DJ Mix, after the huge success of DJ Mix 03, which has 5 million views on YouTube so far.
Melodark – Music created by a contemporary Plague Doctor