VINTAGE CULTURE INTERVIEW
1)You’ve just released your track Deep Inside Of Me what was your inspiration about?
The vocal performance of MKLA was an inspiration to create a sonic landscape that was equal to her passionate performance. We needed an instrumental that was dramatic, cool and sexy. An instrumental which took the listeners on a journey. This was a big challenge and I think we’ve achieved our goal. This Video for “Deep Inside of Me” is a work of Art. It’s available on Youtube today.
2)How did you get into music in the first place?
It felt like a gravitational pull. Even at a young age I was drawn to music. When I was 18, away from home and attending school, I spent my spare time studying music production and learning everything I could using my tiny computer. The way Depeche Mode or New Order combined electronic instrumentals with true songwriting caught my attention. That inspiration has stayed with me. This is how I approach each new song even today.
3)What artists are you inspired by?
Today, I’m inspired by great songs with creative productions. It doesn’t matter if it’s by a superstar artist, or a new talent. It’s the creativity that inspires me most and the passion that I recognize behind the music. I like to be surprised. If I can hear something new or unique in a production, that is always refreshing.
4)This year you played major festivals like Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, Rock n Rio and many other clubs around the world. How has the experience of traveling non-stop been?
Most importantly, walking on stage and seeing the fans, many whom have been with you for years is an indescribable feeling. This is what it’s all about. I feel like I’m in a long term relationship with my fans and they keep inspiring me to do my best work. I’ll tell you, in the beginning the constant traveling was strenuous. Being away from home all the time was not always easy. But I’ve built a strong team over the years and they are like family to me. Traveling with your best friends definitely makes being away from home easier. Knowing that I can rely on the people around me is something I appreciate everyday.
5)What was your most memorable festival or club experience this year?
2020 is still young, but this past weekend 500,000 people filled the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A festival I headlined which included talented artists from all over the country. It was an amazing sight watching fans dancing- as far as the eye can see- to the music I’ve created.
6) Do you have any future plans we can be looking out for?
As I write this, my previous single, “In The Dark” is Number #1 on the Billboard Dance Club charts in the USA. This is a good beginning to 2020.
In 2020 I will being touring North America including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami. I will be on the Main Stage at Tomorrowland- the biggest festival in Europe- and I’m looking forward to seeing my fans in Europe again. I have a new release each month until the end of December. I’ve put my soul into each new song. I appreciate the dedication of my fans and want to give them my very best.
7) Communication with fans is essential. What is your relationship with social media?
Let’s be very clear about this. The posts on social media are directly from me. Yes, I share posts from promoters, record label and my colleagues - but my connection to the fans is very direct. I’m allowing my fans to have a glimpse of my life… the same way they show me their lives. Something I enjoy most is sharing the posts my fans create when they are dancing to my tracks.
8)So what’s been on your spotify playlist and what have you been listening to?
I find music from all over the world. Seriously, from Asia, Russia to Australia to Central Europe. I will update my playlists on Spotify and you will see for yourself.
9)Will you come to Malaysia soon?
Malaysia is a country that has been so supportive of dance music. The world sees this and appreciates this. Performing in Malaysia and introducing fans to my songs is a big hope for 2020.
@2020 DJ Mag Malaysia - Simona Nardone