Rahil Malde, known in the psytrance world as Strain, is a trailblazing DJ hailing from the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya. Born and raised in this vibrant cultural hub, Rahil’s journey into the electronic music scene began to unfold in the early 2010s. His debut DJ set, “Celestial Beings 2,” under Beartrap Productions, marked the inception of a promising career. Rahil’s unique style, characterized by a fusion of high energy and melodic elements, quickly captured the attention of the psytrance community.
In 2019, Strain achieved a significant milestone, topping the Beatport VA Psytrance charts, a testament to his exceptional talent and growing influence. This accomplishment not only showcased his prowess in crafting immersive sonic experiences but also solidified his place among the genre’s elite. Strain’s sets are best described as transcendent journeys, seamlessly blending various sonic elements to create an electrifying atmosphere for his audience.
Beyond the charts, Strain has been a consistent presence at major festivals, leaving an indelible mark on the global psytrance stage. His performances are characterized by a captivating blend of tribal rhythms and futuristic soundscapes, transporting listeners to otherworldly realms. Collaborating with artists like Ishikawa and establishing himself on labels such as Totem Records and Replicant Records, Strain has become a symbol of the psytrance movement in Kenya and beyond.
In a 2018 interview on Radio Schizoid, Rahil Malde delved into the intricate layers of his artistic persona, shedding light on his creative process and influences. With a DJ act named ‘Archain’ alongside DJ Ishikawa, Strain continues to push the boundaries of psytrance, contributing to the genre’s evolution. As a key player in the Totem Records and Replicant Records family, Strain’s sonic explorations continue to captivate audiences, making him a prominent figure in the ever-evolving landscape of psytrance music.