Joan Mael Peneau a.k.a Maelstrom, Mr Strom or Joaan, is France’s official ambassador of Bass Music. Since his debut on the scene in 2009, Maelstrom has succeeded in gaining the support of artists across the globe, including the likes of Laurent Garnier, BoysNoize, Claude Vonstroke, Bok Bok, Lvis 1990, Teki Latex & Orgasmic, Crookers, Djedjotronic, and DJ Zinc. In addition to being highly acclaimed by his peers, Maelstrom has also gained quite a fan base proven by his multiple time’s charting on Beatport’s top 50 best sellers list many times.
Fusing together the sounds of classic Detroit techno sounds with elements of modern electro but with French class and sophistication. Every one of his tracks rather it be a remix or original production is carefully and expertly crafted. Each full of hearty bass pressure and intricate percussion that whip the dance floor into a frenzy. His songs are the type that people frequently ask for id and the type that are a dj’s “secret weapon”.
It’s no wonder he’s released music on the top labels in the dance industy, like Dirty Bird, Sound Pellegrino, and BNR Trax. He also produces as, Joann. An alias he created to showcase a sound closer to early era dubstep with pop and R&B leanings. This project gained strong support across the globe, from the likes of Marcel Detmann (Berghain/Ostgut Ton) or Maryanne Hobbs, who played his 115 State track no less than 4 times on her BBC Radio One show.
Having achieved all these remarkable accomplishments has also led Maelstrom to performing before enthusiastic fans in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, China, Austria, Eastern Europe, Italy, and Switzerland many times over, as well as at London institution, Fabric.
With such a strong past one can trust that Maelstrom will continue to be astonishing in the future. That he’ll keep making hits and he’ll keep pleasing crowds around the world with dj sets. Maelstrom truly is France’s Bass music ambassador.
- LabelBoys Noize