INTERVIEW WITH DJ NAKADIA
Bangkok ‚Äì DJ Nakadia is the most prolific female Thai DJ with tons of performances worldwide. In this edited video interview transcript with bangkokdjs, DJ Nakadia shares her thoughts on the music development in Thailand and tells us what once happened to her in an Ibiza Hospital.
How did you start as a DJ?
STARTED AS A DJ IN 2002 AND I’VE TAUGHT EVERYTHING MYSELF IN THIS FIELD. MY FIRST APPEARANCE WAS IN 2003, WHEN I PLAYED MUSIC IN A PUB IN HANOVER/GERMANY. It was a very exciting experience for me. There were around 2500 people in the pub. I was very nervous. Prior to the concert, I told the¬†organizers that I‚Äôm pro and that I had three years experience as a DJ. Otherwise I wouldn‚Äôt have been allowed to perform. So, I acted as if I was a professional DJ and everything went well. In the first 15 minutes I was a little bit shaky, but after a while I got used to it. I played two hours in total.
Who are your favorite artists?
One of my favorite artists is ‚ÄúRichie Hawtin‚Äù.¬†He has been in the music industry for many¬†years and I like his work. We performed¬†together at the Mad Club in Switzerland.¬†It was very exciting to meet my idol for the¬†first time. My other favorite is a famous¬†producer, who has worked with many artists,¬†such as ‚ÄúLoco Dice‚Äù. His name is Martin¬†Butic. The quality of his work is very high.¬†His production method is detailed and creates¬†emotions. It‚Äôs simply amazing!
What music style do you like?
I like ‚ÄúDeep House‚Äù, ‚ÄúTech House‚Äù, ‚ÄúHouse‚Äù¬†and ‚ÄúTechno‚Äù. What kind of music I play¬†depends on the location. Which pub, which¬†city and which country. Here in Thailand,¬†for example in the pub ‚ÄúGlow‚Äù, I like to¬†warm up with 4 hours of ‚ÄúDeep House‚Äù first¬†until I play ‚ÄúTechno‚Äù.
Any advice for new DJs?
I advise people interested in becoming DJs¬†to think for a moment and ask yourself¬†whether djing is something that you really¬†want to do, so that you don‚Äôt waste your¬†time. You need to love to listen to music.¬†Practice for a while for yourself and when¬†you think you are ready. Go for it! Don‚Äôt¬†think about becoming famous and that you‚Äôll¬†travel to a lot of different places. Have¬†fun with what you do first and good things¬†will follow.
Your thoughts on your audiences?
From my experience in playing in many foreign¬†locations, I think each crowd is different.¬†People, who come to my concerts have only one¬†purpose, which is to enjoy my music and have¬†fun. There are no commercials in this kind of¬†music like ‚ÄúDeep House‚Äù, ‚ÄúTech House‚Äù and¬†‚ÄúTechno‚Äù. The audience expects to be surprised¬†by my music. It wants to listen to music that¬†it hasn‚Äôt heard before elsewhere. The same¬†thing applies to me. When I buy new music, I¬†want to be surprised as well. Sometimes, I¬†don‚Äôt even remember the titles, but I like to¬†mix fresh tunes that surprise me.
Which music applications do you use?
In 2012, I will regularly release tracks¬†each month. When I travel, I use Ableton¬†Live to collect music ideas. Back at the¬†studio in Berlin, I use Logic Pro to work¬†further on these ideas.
What are your upcoming projects?
One of my planned projects is to make an¬†album. Personally, I like ‚ÄúFunk‚Äù, ‚ÄúJazz‚Äù¬†and ‚ÄúSoul‚Äù. I want to combine these music¬†styles with electronic beats at the speed¬†of 110 bpm. Not too underground. And there¬†are many more projects planned.
Your thoughts on music development in Thailand?
In the past, I thought Thailand needed a¬†change, the way electronic music is¬†perceived. Today though, I think there has¬†been a growing up process in this field.¬†Many famous artists now come to Thailand¬†and I‚Äôm proud that I can play my music style¬†everywhere in the country and entertain people.
So, what happened to you in Ibiza?
One crazy thing happened to me recently¬†after I played music in Ibiza. My flight¬†got cancelled and I had no place to stay,¬†cause I already checked out of the hotel.¬†Fortunately, a friend, who had a surgery¬†and had to stay at a hospital, told me that¬†there is a free bed in the same hospital¬†room and that I could sleep there. The next¬†morning while my friend was out of the room,¬†a doctor came by and wanted to check my blood.
I said, ‚ÄúNO, NO, it‚Äôs not me. The patient you¬†are looking for will be back soon.‚Äù
Where can people follow you?
You can follow my work on Facebook and¬†Youtube. I‚Äôd like to invite all of you¬†to come to my concerts, enjoy music, dance¬†and have fun, when I come back to Thailand¬†in January/Febuary 2013, provided the¬†world still exist. Right?! See you then!
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