Teknotribe label DJ and resident at Mansion Records, Thalia is dedicated to paving the way forward for the underground scene in South Africa, continually applying new and exciting aspects to her music. She fuses performance art and DJing with hypnotising installations which accompany her fiery sets.
She currently co-hosts Mix FM 93.8's Sunset Dance with Al Gray, every Saturday night from 7-9pm. Sunset Dance is South Africa's biggest electronic music radio show and caters for listeners across genres.
Thalia's DJing career began in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2005. Daughter of well-known jazz bassist Pete Sklair and a vocalist & piano player herself since the tender age of 9, Thalia is a highly skilled musician and no stranger to diversity. She has a fierce passion for techno and psytrance, but she is versatile and plays a selection of genres to her dance floors:
Techno | Psy-Trance | Progressive House | Acid-Jazz/Lounge | Nu Disco | Deep / Jazz house | Breaks
Her break into the club scene came when she won the annual Gemini DJ Battle 2007, being the only DJane making it to the finals. A member of Divas on Decks since 2009, Thalia has built up a name as one of South Africa's most respected female DJs.
She has played all over South Africa, and internationally in Sicily, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique at countless venues and events, including Arriri Festival (Sicily), Teknotribe, Twilight, Revolution NYE, H2O, Truth, Tswaing Crater Gathering, Fu-Cha, Earthdance, ONE Festival, Moksha, 52's Funk Shui (P.E), MK Music Festival, Psy in the City, Origin (DBN), The Samsung Galaxy Launch, The BMW Green Car Launch, Areira Fest & Mozamboogy (Mozambique) to name a few.
She has shared the stage with all SA's top underground & psy DJs and producers, as well as international DJs GMS, Freedom Fighters, Ace Ventura, Captain Hook, Rocky, Animato, Easy Riders, Loud, Perfect Stranger, Talpa, EVP, Beardy Weardy, Dust, Young Kim, Sychotria, Iliuchina, Breathead, Ital, Whiptongue, Champa, Major 7, Mekkanikka, Symbolic, Timelock, Weekend Heroes, Virtual Light, Antispin, Sinerider, Outsiders, Joseph Capriati, Luigi Madonna, Victor Ruiz, Alberto Ruiz, Alex stein, Gaga, Thayana Valle, Whebba, Riva Starr, Lee Haslam, Sarah Main, D-Addiction, Sancho Pancho, Atomic Pulse, Aho, Blastoyz, Berg, Hypnoise, Lost & Found, Threads, and shared the decks with High M Vectro (Vectro Electro) for an exclusive sunrise set.
Thalia has written many songs over the years, including "Na'vi" on Champa's 2017 album "Goosebumps" which reached no1 in the Beatport Psytrance releases on 16.09.2017, and Woven with Eric M, which reached #29 on the World Dance Chart in 2008, She is currently the lead singer for the Electro-Swing band FULL SWING, and performs with them regularly.
She has been DJing in the electric jazz group Organic Lounge since 2008, and has dabbled in Turntablism work with other bands, including electric jazz/fusion band Unofficial Language.
As of July 2016 she has also been playing Drum & Bass as Calypso. She is also one half of the 2017 Psytrance duo Team Badass, pairing up with Digital Dream (Paul Robbertse) to write original music as well as play DJ sets.
UNDERGROUND REVIVAL with PROGRESSIVE MESS was an online radio show on Dance Web Radio (www.dancewebradio.co.za) which was hosted by Thalia and DJ Gavo (Aka Progressive MESS). The show focused on spreading intelligent underground sounds across the genres of dance culture from all four corners of the Globe, and featured the likes of Moshic (Israel), John Deere (Serbia) and Marco Nicolic (Serbia)...
Besides DJing, Thalia is South Africa's First Professional Mermaid, and performs in magical waters all across the country. Check out @mermaidthalia on instagram to have a look.
5fm's Vinyl Frontier
5fm's Power Nights with Fresh and Euphonic
UJFM's Top 100 DJs
MIX FM's Sunset Dance
2Oceansvibe Radio "The Underground Radio Show"
VOW FM's Living Electro
Promo Mixes (click to download)