Have you ever listened new electronic music that reaches to your blood and beat by beat overwhelms all your senses. From the sound of a kick drum to the hypnotic percussions, this is the euphoric feeling that happens when listening to Nicole Moudaber.
If you haven't heard of Moudaber's music, you haven't been active in EDM culture. Whether it's playing regular headline slots at Carl Cox's weekly parties in Ibiza to running her own record label, Mood Records, Moudaber is a force that is loud and proud and addictive to listen to.
Magnetic was able to touch base with the busy artist while on tour and learn a little more about the fire that powers the passion and the influences that make Nicole Moudaber the DJ she is today.
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Where are you originally from and what is the music scene like there?
I grew up in different places around the world. I'm a bit of a mixture culturally. Originally my parents are Lebanese, however I was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and I'm English. The scene I know well is London, as I promoted parties there for five consecutive years and the music is insane.
How do you think growing up in different places around the world has influenced your style and sound?
It affected my ears in many different ways. I grew up listening to afro-beat, funk & soul in my early years while in Nigeria, hence why the percussive, tribal elements are always present in my productions and my sets. When I hear drums, I transform into a different creature. It's very animalistic.
What was the first show you ever attended as an audience member?
The Tunnel in New York City with Danny Tenaglia.
Can you tell us more about your first show as an audience member? What was that experience like?
I can't explain it really, it was something I never felt before and it reached me in a deep and spiritual way. I still feel those feelings the minute I hear a kick drum. I'm transported and transformed instantly.
Who and/or what are your current musical influences? What and/or what did you listen to growing up?
I‚Äôm inspired by many artists. There are too many to mention, but I love Gary Beck's stuff and he's always in my sets. I was listening to a lot of soul funk and afro-beat when I grew up in Nigeria- rhythmic music all the way!
What do your parents/family think of your career?
Now they've accepted it and are very proud, but it was a struggle in the beginning as I was a promoter and I practically was living during the night and sleeping most of the day. They weren't happy about that, they thought this wasn't a life worthy of a respectable lady: dealing with clubs, DJs and the nightlife. For me, this was the "only" thing that excited me despite the high education I had. I didn't want to do anything else,but be surrounded by music and the ritualistic experiences I had in clubs and connecting with people.
What was the breakthrough moment in your career?
Winning the IDMA award in Miami last year in the Best Techno / Minimal track category.
In a couple of words, how would you describe your sound?
Hypnotic and percussive
Do you have any pet peeves or superstitions about when you play?
I don't like people poking me to take a picture in the middle of a set. I think it's a bit disrespectful. As for superstition, no.
Which producer, DJ or artist do you envision yourself working with in the future that you haven't
collaborated with yet?
Chris Liebing for no-nonsense techno. I love his sound- it's tough and it's got groove.
What does the upcoming year, 2014 have in store for you?
I'm throwing my own night at The BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico on January 9th, 2014. The line-up will be announced soon, and I'm really excited about this project. I have a South American tour for a month as well as a North American tour and after that, I'm aiming for a long deserved break.
Is there anything you want to say to your fans?
I live for my fans - the love I receive from them is unconditional.