DJ Nakadia has been laying down essential house and techno sets around the world for 15 years now.
She was first discovered at Sankeys in Ibiza in 2013 and has never looked back, going on to play Ushuaia, Zoo Project and Blue Marlin amongst others.
As a producer she has her own slick sound, but has been rather quiet for three years. All that ends with a new EP on Filth on Acid that shows her sound has evolved and is just as fresh as ever. It is the start of a busy run into 2019 that will see her assert herself on the global stage.
Here we speak to her about the Moon Walker EP, out January 25th, and more besides.
How are you, how has 2018 been for you?
I am really fine, I had such a great year, with highlights such as my debut at Tomorrowland, an amazing Ibiza season and playing 115 great gigs across all corners of the world. But the best part of 2018 was, that I finally took my time for studio work and got so many amazing tracks ready to go out, promising that 2019 will be even more exciting
It's been three years since your last music was released, how has the break from Production been?
I was just too busy touring and had no time for studio work the previous years. The three years without proper productions - I only did a few co-productions with friends - I played over 130 gigs per year around the world and I was hardly ever home. It was good to grow my network, but now the time has come to take my career to the next level.
You have been a DJ for 15 years. What are the most important lessons you have learnt in that time?
The saddest lesson I learned is that how ever hard you work, and how ever good you are, those with a good marketing team will always bypass you. I always wanted to build my career on music, proving the doubters and haters wrong weekend after weekend from the DJ booth. I want to be successful for what I deliver as an artist, not by being placed into a successful career by powerful people, such as most of the girls that you see on the top of the industry today. All these marketing products are making life more difficult for the artists that are just working hard and keeping things real.
What is the scene in Thailand like? Is it thriving and are there plenty of artists making music, parties, labels and so on?
Until 2015 I had the feeling the underground scene was growing, but at the moment it looks like bringing Thai people to listen to other music that mainstream is nearly impossible. There is not much passion for music in my country. We don’t have the culture for clubbing. There are a few established cool events that are doing well such as Wonderfruit or Kolor in the Park, but even people who like the music there, often will go to EDM clubs the weekend after. It’s a bit disappointing, but I won’t give up on my country. There are a few very dedicated players in the scene and there is still hope. Just recently I released one track on “Base Camp Chronicles” - a compilation of tracks produced by artists from South-East-Asia, released on Neverest Records - Bangkok’s coolest label.
What are the most popular sounds? Commercial or more underground?
EDM is everywhere...
How did you get into the music? What parties? Or was it via radio or the internet?
On my first visit to Europe I went to an underground club and I fell in love with techno instantly. That night I decided to become a DJ. But I was living in Thailand and there was no electronic music at all. I had no inspiration from anywhere. Usually DJ careers start by being inspired by friends, your favourite artists or just by going to clubs. I didn’t have all that. I was ordering Vinyl on the internet and had to wait 2-3 month until I would fly to Europe again and find the records waiting for me there. As I had no idea what I was buying, most of the records where useless. It took me a few years until I understood the different genres and build my ear to understand instantly what is good for me and what not. I was not influenced by any outside source, no artists or labels that I would follow, I only had my heart and my ear. I think this approach is quite unique in the business and it made me that artist that I am today.
What is your style? What makes your music unique?
What makes me unique is that I can’t be put in one genre-corner, but I stand for taking the floor on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and through groovy, melodic but powerful music. And I am known for being very energetic in my sounds, but never cheesy or easy - the quality of the music is most important to me and I try very hard to get every last person on the floor to feel what I am trying to bring across.
Tell us about your new EP, 'Moonwalk' for Filth on Acid - what inspired it? What influenced it?
First of all, Filth on Acid is my personal label of the year! I am very honoured to have my first solo EP “moonwalk” out on FOA at the end of January. The EP itself is a milestone for me. I worked on it over the past 9 months and I could not be more happy with the result. All tracks work like magic and are right up there with the best tracks of my playlist. To be able to say this about my own tracks has always been my goal. I saw “First man” in the cinema around the time I finished the last track of the EP and I felt a bit like Neil Armstrong! This EP is my personal “moonwalk” - I never gave up, even nobody wanted to believe this was possible for a little farm girl from rural Thailand - and now listen to this EP… The little Thai girl is here, and I am just getting warmed up!
What else have you got coming up and working on for 2019?
The days after I finished “Moonwalk” I created two more track of similar quality. One is a remix for Eelke Kleijn that will be released mid May 2019 and the other track will be added to an EP I signed with Carl Cox for Intec, which will be released mid June. Besides the productions, the tour schedule is looking great as always. Right after my NYE in Austria I will take off for 20 gigs across Asia and Australia, to be continued by performances all across Europe and South America from March onwards. I am also looking at a great Ibiza season 2019 and many top festivals for the summer.
What would you get for Christmas in an ideal world, if money was no object?
Defiantly a private jet, as the one thing I am tired after more than 300 flights I take every year. Even if I had all the money in the world, I still would go out and play every weekend - a private jet would make that much easier!
Finally, how will you spend your time over the festive season and where?
I will take a few days off and go to the north of Germany to celebrate Christmas with the family of my manager Sebastian. It’s a tradition already now and I am very much looking forward to it.