The belle of techno, Nicole Moudaber is continuing to kill it as she is quickly making a name for herself with such ease. Just coming off her North American tour promoting 'The Journey Begins' EP, in which she produced alongside Victor Calderone, had a string of successful releases. One to note is her remix of the dance track "Musik Xpress." Now, Nicole is set to release the 'Sonic Language' EP on Nov. 26th on the adept techno label Drumcode.
The 'Sonic Language' EP is fit for any tech house fans old and new. It starts with "The Road to Transformation" which is a sensational, well-structured track that will keep the dancefloor packed all night. The track gives off pure energy with its hypnotizing drums and a haunting vocal that will win the hearts of any music lover. Conversely, "Sonic Language" offers a little variance from typical techno sounds. The fluid sound and effortless allure give this track a riveting take on techno. The chord stabs give a distinctive stamp that helps to add funk to a bass loaded groove.
"People, beautiful things, producers, DJs, friends and lovers," is what rising star, Nicole Moudaber, credits for what musically influences her. The dance phenom has graced the decks everywhere from Ibiza to NYC and plans on spreading her sweet techno sounds even further. Her first full length EP "The Journey Begins," released in August, has been a hit creating a lot of buzz propelling her to book and fill tour dates in Europe and North America. "Tour has been fantastic so far with sold out shows everywhere and I'm having a great time especially on my long sets," Moudaber says. Besides different accents, she says the vibe is exactly the same everywhere. "We're here to party and fly away on incredible music all night." Currently, Moudaber is in the works of launching her own label, MOOD Records, by the end of the year as well as spinning out new releases. Get to know a little more about her story below and get a feel for her music here. Be sure to check out Moudaber's upcoming shows in NYC, Oct. 5th at Provocateur and Oct. 6th at Pacha.
How did you get into DJing/producing? I was a promoter before I got into producing. I had to step out of the music world for 3 years to build / refurbish a house in Ibiza I bought, the only way I wanted to step back into this world was through making music. Things spiraled from there, bookings came afterwards, won an IDMA award this year at the WMC in Miami for my remix of Carl Cox's single "Chemistry" for Best Minimal / Techno track category. And "The Journey Continues"…
How would you describe your DJ/song selection style? Mood based? Depending on venue? My styles vary depending on the venue but still within the realm of my sound, from deep house all the way to big room techno. You debuted on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix. Tell us about that experience. A great experience of course, when I got asked to do it by Pete Tong and the Radio 1 team I thought to myself, 'That's going to be a two-hour mix of what I really love.' I'll be able to share with everyone. The response was amazing. How would you describe your relationship with Victor Calderone? How was it working together? I've known Victor for quite some time now, our relationship is not only professional but also we're very close friends, so the combination is very special. Our collaboration on the EP "The Journey Begins" on Drumcode was a big hit, it reached number 4 in the techno charts on Beatport, supported by all the usual suspects of house and techno. How do you hope to differentiate yourself being that the EDM world is predominately powered by males? This is certainly not in the scope of my hopes. There are great male DJs out there, like Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Danny Tenaglia and Adam Beyer to name a few, and also amazing DJs like Magda, Cassy, tINI and Maya Jane Coles. We're all very different and unique and our only hope is to share our music with everyone. Any producers you have/hope to work with in mind? Too many to mention! I got asked recently to remix Alanis Morissette's new single which I thought was interesting. I also have plans to work with Skin from Skunk Anansie, an incredible voice that moves me a lot. There are also collaborations coming soon with Adam Beyer and Danny Tenaglia.
Ten miles of darkness and 2000 cars separated us from the festival we had only dreamt about. As we stared forward, excited and anxious, there was a faint flicker towards the sky and then the familiar explosion of fireworks in the distance. A roar ripped through the desert from the cars around us. Indian chiefs and their topless girlfriends yelled and cheered out their windows, as packs of neon spattered fur boots ran by on foot. This was the scene I had heard so much about. The one that would save dance music events
Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival has consistently been remarked as the premier Electronic Music festival in the country. With steady competition from Ultra Music Festival , and the multitude of other events that have developed in the past few years, claiming that title is quite a feat. Insomniac’s founder, Pasquale Rotella, has rose through the ranks of California promoters to a point of utmost success. He has absolutely earned his stripes, with the immense scale of his events and consequences this sometimes brings. The risk involved with such massive gatherings as these has made it necessary for Pasquale to impose a new standard for safety at these events, both at the gates and in the festival. In both appearance and functionality, EDC proved to be nothing less than the world-class event that was beckoned for.
Saturday, May 19 was probably the craziest day of one of the year’s craziest music festivals, the Electric Daisy Carnival, held at the Metlife Stadium in New York. There was more glitter and face paint than a seven-year-old’s birthday party and with all the neon cutoffs and shades, the scene could have passed for a circa 1992 episode of Saved by the Bell—the crowd was pretty young but there was the occasional Mr. Belding feeling the beats.
The biggest names in electronic, house, progressive, techno, and dubstep music from across the globe were gathered here for one heart-pounding and sweat-dripping weekend. This was a dance music lover’s dream and one might argue that Saturday had the best lineup of artists.
Carl Cox likes to party. The 49-year-old producer is widely regarded as the 'grandfather' of British house music, having dominated the house music scene since the mid 1980‘s. Last week he reasserted his perpetual musical relevance at Miami’s Winter Music Conference, with appearances at multiple venues including his very own “Carl Cox Tent” at Ultra Music Festival. But performing for fans just wasn’t enough for this British sensation, so last Thursday he hosted his own very lavish, very exclusive yacht party for his intimate inner circle.
Don't lie. It hurts to be at work today. It hurts to celebrate your independence, we know.
Particularly if you danced all weekend at Governor's Island for the Dance.Here.Now.
So here's to the weekend party. Grab some of the hair of the dog that bit you. (That never hurts, especially at lunch time.)
If you feel good today, here's to what you missed.
Friday night premiered "the tent," a construction that domed over the concrete, much like a smaller version of last weekend's tent at Vegas's Motor Speedway for Electric Daisy Carnival. The black interior provided the perfect surface for AG's lights to do their magic, flashing and blaring the crowd as though they were in a kaleidoscope. The lights also reflected off a giant, hollow octagon stationed between the DJ and visual screen, creating a unique cage-like effect. And, while very few party-goers wore red, white and blue, there was no shortage of glow-in-the dark orange painted onto hands that pumped 150 beats per minute into the air.
It’s finally arrived. House Music. What constitutes “house” is an argument as tiresome as Monday morning. But the bottom line is the genre’s borderlines have becoming increasingly blurry. With pop artists like LMFAO and The Black Eyed Peas venturing into the electronic sphere, and DJs like David Guetta “selling out,” house music has officially become mainstream. Littered with hip hop, banal vocals, and abrasive electro bits that attempt to harmonize the various musical styles together (but really just reminds those who used to stay at SoundFactory until 2 pm that they’re too old for the club).
Below are the top 5 upcoming house (broadly categorized) DJs to hit America: