One of China’s new and biggest festivals Daydream Shanghai unveils Phase 1 line-up for inaugural event
Since 2010 Daydream Festival has been a purveyor of magical landscapes allowing festival-goers the chance to participate in their out-of-this world fantasies that transcend standard festival experiences. After taking their dreamy vision on a journey to Mexico and Spain, this extravaganza of light and sound continues to permeate worldwide. With the latest installment seeing Daydream take their enchantment halfway across the world from its birth in Belgium to China for the inaugural Daydream Festival China on 14th and 15th April in Shanghai; hosting the biggest DJ’s on the planet making up the festival’s billing.
With the announcement of the festival’s Phase-One line up, Daydream Festival China is marking its stamp as one of the leading festivals in the Chinese dance scene. Welcoming a plethora of the electronic scene’s biggest known stars, alongside some of its most exciting emerging new talent, all of which are set to descend on the two-day festival that runs on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April in Shanghai.
Headlining the Phase One announcement for day one, and taking centre stage on the main arena, are renowned festival juggernauts Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The Belgium duo has previously ignited main stages everywhere from Creamfields and Electric Zoo NY to EDC Las Vegas and EXIT festival, as well being anointed the undisputed Kings of Tomorrowland, the iconic global festival sensation. Having delivered a string of hit singles in recent times from standout tracks, such as the collaboration with Ne-Yo on ‘Higher Place’, ‘Stay A While’, ‘Hey Baby’ with Diplo and their single ‘Complicated’ with David Guetta and Kiiara (currently on 80 million Spotify streams), Daydream Festival goers can be assured the brothers will be delivering the biggest hits for the expectant Shanghai crowd!
Fellow festival headliners include Dubstep, monster Excision, who has collaborated with major names such as Pendulum and Bassnectar, which have been a seminal figure in the rise of dubstep over the years. Whilst Dutch duo Yellow Claw, who have cemented their footprint across Asia these last few years and has worked with everyone from T-Pain and Gucci Mane to Steve Aoki and DJ Snake, will be bringing their unique blend of sharp-toothed trap and bass hits to the Daydream Festival masses.
The festival showcases its diversity in abundance with a wide spectrum of top tier names to complete the Phase One line-up unveiling. Additional festival guests include the chart-topping sensation Lost Frequencies, who to date has amassed over 1 billion streams with his music and his new single, a collaboration with Zonderling, titled ‘Crazy’ has already clocked up 35 million streams. Also appearing on the line-up are Modestep, who have had recent releases on Diplo’s Mad Decent and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak. Swedish DJ Mike Perry is also included, notable for his chart hit ‘The Oceans’ and who recently remixed ‘Perfect’ taken from pop superstar Ed Sheeran’s latest album ‘Divide’. Add to the list of names one of the biggest names in bass Zomboy, as well as Dodge & Fuski, Downlink, Dubloadz, MATTN, Mesto, Phase One, Protohype, Seek N Destroy, Snavs, T-Mass, Truth and Barong Family and all round bass-house heavy duo Moski, and the result is a smorgasbord of sound, ensuring fans across the many facets of electronic music, from the darker to the more melodic, are catered for. Prepare to be mesmerized and swept away in equal measure ahead of further announcements, as the dreamy vision for the first ever Daydream Festival in China becomes a musical reality!
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Italian legends, daddy's groove, have been teaming with one of house
music’s rising stars, Ferdy. Their latest work landed itself on Spinnin Records, by the name of “Latido”: a highly effective, latin house styled record,
a euphoric chant that will entice you to move and capture a tribal atmosphere.
Before you know it, the drop takes over, along a rush of movement
you’ll catch yourself doing.
"Latido" has Miami vibes written all over it so when you’re walking out in
the snow this winter, put this tune on to heat you up!
How is it to work with your friend Ferdy?
Ferdy is one of the best young producer in Italy and we had so much
fun in the studio with him!!!
What inspired the production of this song? And what about the
We wanted to do an house track, we really love that kind of sound, so
we spent a week to find the right sounds. This is a pretty uplifting track and it’s not the first time you’ve
been inspired by the tribal and latin music traditions.
Do you think that this genre will rise a lot this year ?
It’s a couple of years that this sound is growing, and we are really
happy because we come from house music, and so now we feel really
inspired in the studio producing our tracks.
Where do you see yourselves in five years from now? on a personal and
We also produce music for other artists, as David Guetta or some
Italian stars so I think in 5 years we’ll be more focused non this.
Any plans in the short term run up to Miami that you can share with us?
Yes we’ll have some shows around Miami, but I cannot announce yet. And
in April we’ll be back in Asia again.
When will we see you in asia again?
Of course, actually it’s my favorite country to play, the energy is so
big and I have a lot of fun playing over Asia.
@2018 DJ MAG ASEAN
The Livescape group, in partnership with its j co. ltd., announced the explosive return of the biggest cruise festival in asia, it’s the ship with a new addition to the family, it’s the ship japan. this is the first time the music cruise festival will depart from a different destination outside of singapore.
This year marks the brand’s 5th year anniversary with the maiden voyage set to take place in singapore in november this year. The teaser video premiered today on the official It’s The Ship Japan facebook page.
Following the success of the past four sailings, IT’S THE SHIP is now poised to continue its stronghold as a must-watch event in Asia, with a host of surprises in store for its upcoming expansion. Last year’s sailing which was the biggest the brand has seen, saw a total of 4,000 shipmates travel from over 88 countries to set sail onboard the unforgettable dance music cruise festival.
past sailings have featured some of the world’s most popular artistes including yellow claw, krewella, dada life, dash berlin, chvrches, higher brothers, knife party, tigerlily, aly & fila, andrew rayel, far east movement, and over 250 other international and regional acts. the 2016 and 2017 sailings also made a splash by featuring david hasselhoff and tyson beckford as unforgettable ship captains.
Register now at www.itstheship.jp to receive the latest updates and to stand a chance to win a free cabin onboard. to stay in the loop, follow It’s the ship Japan on facebook, on twitter, and on instagram.
In 2019, you can experience Tomorrowland in a completely new setting, in the most magical season of the year: winter. The legendary Belgian music festival will be organising a Winter edition in the French Alps. In March 2019, the entire winter sports resort 'Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski' will be taken over and transformed into 'Tomorrowland Winter', a festival and fantasy wonderland for over 30,000 music lovers from around the world. Just like the (summer) edition in Belgium, they will be pulling out all the stops to offer guests the ultimate festival experience.
Tomorrowland Winter will cover the entire ski area. A variety of stages, including a mainstage specially developed for this edition at the foot of the ski trails, the world's best and hottest DJs, extra attention for a tasty food and drinks served in the most unexpected places at times, and all steeped in the decor, magic and atmosphere that makes Tomorrowland so special. Add to that the unique setting of Alpe d'Huez, at an altitude of 1860 metres in the French Alps, and you have all the ingredients for a festival unlike any other in the world has ever seen.
With the theme of 'The Hymn of the frozen Lotus', Tomorrowland Winter promises a sensational line-up, state-of-the-art decor and a truly exceptional (festival) experience.
Alpe d'Huez – 'Island in the sun'
The ski resort Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski is among the best ski areas in the world, and in 2017, it received the award for 'Best ski resort in Europe'. Because it is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine a year, it has been dubbed the 'Île du Soleil' (Island in the Sun). At the heart of the area is the village of Alpe d'Huez, at an altitude of 1,860m, which will serve as base camp for the festival.
Non-skiers especially will be spoiled for choice at Tomorrowland Winter. The area offers plenty of 'non-ski' activities and all of the festival stages will be accessible on foot.
Your festival ticket grants access to the Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski, which will be reserved during the festival exclusively for holders of Tomorrowland Winter tickets, making the experience that much more unique. Guests can choose either a 4-day or 7-day ticket including access to Tomorrowland Winter, accommodation and a lift & ski-pass.
Jean-Yves Noyrey, Mayor of Alpe d'Huez: 'We are especially proud that Alpe d'Huez will be able to host Tomorrowland Winter in March 2019. From the very first meetings with the team in Belgium, we have done our utmost to help them bring this unique story to our area. After all, no one has ever organised a festival of this size in our setting before. So we instantly realised that it was a unique opportunity. Not only for our village, but for the local community, merchants and all its associations. We are all eagerly looking forward to welcoming 30,000 People of Tomorrow here, exactly one year from now.'
Christophe Monier, general manager of SATA nv (Societé d'Amenagement Touristique de l'Alpe d'Huez et des Grandes Rousses): 'With a total of 250km trails, 300 days of sun per year, a lift that climbs to an altitude of 3,300m and offers a unique panoramic view of over 1/5 of France, plus recognition as the 'Best ski resort in Europe 2017', and ranking in the Top 3 best European resorts since 2015... Just like Tomorrowland, the Alpe d'Huez ski area is also 'larger-than-life'. We're ready to offer all festival guests a festival experience combining music and skiing, that will be both unforgettable and safe'.
François Badjily director of Alpe d'Huez Tourisme: 'There's a good reason that Tomorrowland chose Alpe d'Huez to organise the first edition of Tomorrowland Winter. From the very first contacts, we were able to convince them of the unique qualities of our ski resort. The range, the quality and diversity of our facilities for skiers and non-skiers alike, sealed the deal. This festival will put Alpe d'Huez on the map worldwide, even more than before.'
Michiel Beers, creator and organiser of Tomorrowland: 'We truly feel that with all the different actors involved, in Alpe d'Huez we've found just the right partner to realise our dream: a winter edition of our festival. Tomorrowland Winter promises to be very special in all aspects. The stages set up throughout the ski area, including at an altitude of 3,300m, the brand-new mainstage, the line-up... And all this in the fairytale setting of the French Alps. This edition of Tomorrowland was created by our own dedicated young team in Antwerp and we will be 100 % in control of its execution. We couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary with the People of Tomorrow and we just can't wait to welcome them to this enchanting, winter wonderland.'
There is a myth about an uncommon flower
Carrying the true essence of Winter
So powerful it had to be protected from mankind
Once this lotus blossoms it releases thousands of frozen crystals
Guided by their desire to unlock the beauty of winter
In 2019 at a location high in the French mountains a new tale in the history of Tomorrowland will be written "The hymn of the frozen lotus"
Tomorrowland Winter – 'The Hymn of the frozen Lotus'
March 13 - 14 - 15 2019 - Alpe d'Huez – France
4-day Tomorrowland Winter Packages start at 685 euros
• 4 nights lodging (arrival on March 12 – departure on March 16)
• Tomorrowland Festival admission (March 13 – 14 – 15)
• Access to The Gathering (March 12)
• 4-day lift & ski pass
• Bracelet and treasure case shipment to your home
• City tax, service fee and payments cost
7-day Tomorrowland Winter Packages start at 825 euro
• 7 nights lodging (arrival on March 9 – departure on March 16)
• Tomorrowland Festival admission (March 13 – 14 – 15)
• Access to The Gathering (March 12)
• 7-day lift & ski pass
• Bracelet and treasure case shipment to your home
• City tax, service fee and payments cost
7-day packages go on sale on September 8th.
4-day packages go on sale on September 15th.
Extra services such as ski lessons, ski rental, transport to Alpe d'Huez, restaurant reservations... can be booked separately during the ticket sale. All additional information is available on: www.tomorrowland.com
About Alpe d'Huez:
Orientated to the south, at an altitude of 1860 m, its highest point reaches up to 3330m. L'Alpe d'Huez has won the title of "European Best Ski Resort" in 2017. The town is world-renowned not only for its first-class skiing but also as a summer resort.
In the French Alps, it is only a 1-hour from Grenoble and less than 5-hour from Paris.
With 300 sunny days per year Alpe d'Huez is a paradise for skiers, and for lovers of the great outdoors in general, fresh air, adrenaline seekers or for those who simply like walking and taking in the scenery. 800 hectares of ski slopes draw skiers from all around the world to Alpe d'Huez. The resort has something for every level and ability of skier: a beginner section as well as legendary ski slopes like "the Sarenne" (16km).
There are many after -ski activities such as Helicopter/plane rides, dog sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing among others. These provide a fun alternative to skiing.
Alpe d'Huez is the must of the French Art de vivre, with boutiques, restaurants, cafés and amazing landscapes.The view from the top of the Pic Blanc offers breathtaking views of the Alps.
Tomorrowland is a large music festival held in Belgium that welcomes 400,000 guests from all over the world on two weekends. It is organized and owned by the original founders, the brothers Manu and Michiel Beers. It is held in a beautiful natural setting, the recreation area de Schorre, in the town of Boom, Belgium, (16 kilometres / 10 miles south of Antwerp and 32 kilometres / 20 miles north of Brussels.)
Tomorrowland has been organized since 2005 and has become one of the most notable global music festivals. With a strong eye for detail and extras such as an enchanting decor, fascinating acts and side activities, and spectacular fireworks, it is a totally unforgettable and incomparable show. Visitors can enjoy the experience with all their senses: good music, enchanting decor and last but not least: tasty and healthy food served on the festival grounds.
Live Today, Love Tomorrow, Unite Forever
TJR (real name TJ Rozdilsky) has built a formidable catalogue of original tracks and remixes since exploding on the scene in 2008. He’s the consummate DJ’s DJ and its clear that the mixing skills he’s honed over his career have never been more relevant; spinning, rolling and scratching live, TJR is a sight to behold behind the decks, especially in an era of pre-programmed playlists.
Known for his three Beatport overall #1’s with ‘Funky Vodka,’ ‘What’s Up Suckaz,’ and ‘Bounce Generation,’ his monstrous hit ‘Ode to Oi’ and the certiﬁed Platinum smash, ‘Don’t Stop The Party’ with Pitbull; TJR has become the master of the dance ﬂoor
Moving to LA from Connecticut as a last ditch effort to avoid the corporate grind, he honed his skills behind the decks by constantly working at his craft. The hard work paid off and he found success in LA and San Diego, and from there the best parties and dance ﬂoors of the world beckoned.
TJR started this track last year but never finished it. It's in demo form. He sampled Hocus Pocus - Bow Chi Bow and he decided to give it away as "Free Download"
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Dirty Audio has unleashed his latest original track in the form of "Racks" on Monstercat, and it's exactly the type of in-your-face, massive joyride that we have come to know and love from him. "Racks" wastes no time turning up the heat, opening with a menacing bassline layered under increasingly aggressive percussion. The drop will shake your sneakers with its stabbing synths and intense bass, accomplishing Dirty's mission of always making hard-hitting dance tracks that make crowds go crazy around the globe. Though "Racks" is Dirty's first original track of 2018, he released his remix of DJ Snake's "A Different Way" back in January, which was full of his signature dramatic bass and wobbling synths. Rest assured that Dirty Audio is just getting started, so stay tuned to see what he'll come up with next.
In the short time since his initial climb to stardom, Dirty Audio has been a force to be reckoned with. His approach to creating hybrid dance music with a guaranteed hard beat has garnered him attention from some of the industry's most respected labels, including Monstercat, Ultra, and Mad Decent, and support from prominent artists from Skrillex to Chainsmokers. His explosive remix of Afrojack's "Used to Have It All," a remix of DJ Snake & Yellow Claw's "Ocho Cinco" and his original productions "Gorilla Glue" and "Gettin' That" were extraordinarily well received by fans and industry tastemakers alike, only serving to bolster Dirty Audio's resume. Dirty Audio has touched down all over the world to dole out doses of his dance-worthy beats; touring from LA to New York, from Sydney to Tokyo, he brings his electrifying live sets to all corners of the globe. Looking to the future, Dirty's only plan is to keep going up; stay tuned for lots of originals, some incredible collaborations and, of course, dirty beats this year.
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DJ Mag AsEAN And Billboard Radio China Launch A Brand New EDM Radio Show: "DJ Mag Asean Sessions on Billboard Radio China"
If there's one thing that unites all of us, it is love. Love for
life, love for freedom, and of course, love for music.
Starting 10 March 2018, DJ Mag Asean and Billboard Radio China are joining forces for an exclusive radio show "DJ Mag Asean Sessions on
Billboard Radio China."
Both companies are pioneers in the music industry and the
collaboration was a no-brainer to provide a place for
artists and fans alike to tune into some of the best tracks the
world has ever heard.
"We are super excited to kick off this unique partnership with DJ Mag Asia
as we continue growing our platform to engage artists and their fans in China
with the very best in the EDM genre", says Gregory Bowers, Billboard Radio China's CEO.
"It's an honour for us to join forces with Billboard Radio China.
The EDM movement in Asia is rising fast and we'll do our best to deliver
the best content to our audience. " says Jonny Chiappetta, DJ Mag Asean CEO.
To celebrate the show’s launch, anchored by DJ Flaremode and Singaporean artist/actress, Jade Rasif, EDM superstars David Guetta and Martin
Garrix will take over the guest mix slot on the first two episodes. Dimitri Vegas Like Mike, The Chainsmokers, and Alan Walker are just a few
of the numerous DJ's supporting the new show.
So make sure starting 10th March to tune in every Saturday at 8PM Beijing time to Billboard Radio China’s EDM Channel, to listen “DJ Mag Asean
Sessions on Billboard Radio China”. Podcasts will also be available on the Billboard Radio China App.
Straight from Paris, the french producer Solberjum is back with a new peak-time club weapon: the Remix of Dr. Shiver’s massive hit “Brave Love”.
Doing what he does best, he drops a fresh house masterpiece with a magical mix of tropical, deep and chill vibes. Jmi Sissoko’s heartfelt vocals complete this beautiful house anthem.
For Dr. Shiver
- Talking about your recent release "Brave Love" ft. Jmi Sissoko, how did you choose Solberjum as official remixer ? and did you felt the need to release a remixed version of your song?
Well, when I made this track I just wanted to create a nice pop track. I was thinking about finding a good remixer for this track when Solberjum was in the Studio with me and, after hearing the original version, he told me “I love this one, I think it’s perfect for radios, but don’t you think a house mix can work better for clubs?”. The reaction from my side was immediate “Bro, it’s funny ‘cause I was thinking the same, since you love the track and I love your sound, why don’t you do a nice house remix?”. After one week the remix was already there! A great job, really! Samir totally understood the potential of the vocal and really developed a fresh remix that is giving the right space and emphasis to the vocal, but at the same time makes the track perfect for any kind of club!
For Both Dr. Shiver & Solberjum
- As artist, what do you want to tell to world with your music? Where do you take your inspiration from?
Shiver: Music, to me, is just a way to express myself, my emotions, my feelings. I have been playing piano since when I was 5 and I have learned that it is easier to communicate with some music than with a thousand words. Music is a worldwide language that everybody understands: a minor chord progression will communicate sadness to anyone, while a powerful major chord progression will bring happiness. This is just the basis of how it works but it already gives the idea. Everything can inspire me: it can be a person, an experience of life, a nice lake or some crazy wild nature. Mostly, since I love to use music to communicate myself, it is my inner feeling that inspires me the most: love or hate for something, sadness, happiness and so on. I try to listen to what I have inside me and then simply to put it in music.
Solberjum: Until today, my music has been mainly focused on club oriented tracks, with very little room for lyrics. So I would say that more than spreading a word to the world, I try to spread good vibrations through my music. My biggest wish is to inspire people in their life. In the same way I get inspiration from other artists by listening to their music in different genres. The sun, the beach, other people’s success give me inspiration. I'm myself inspired by good vibrations: I'm also very attentive to upcoming trends and I feel them, that's why my music is always moving. So I hope to inspire people like I'm inspired by others.
- If you would choose up to 5 songs, which track would you play most in your recent sets?
Shiver: This is a hard question. I believe there are no “MUST PLAY TRACKS” in any set. I try to get inspired by the moment, the place and the crowd, so it can happen to me to play 5 tracks in 10 different dj sets in a row, just like it can happen not to play any tracks from any previous dj set of mine. For sure, at the moment, I love my track Something as well as my remix of “You Got The Love”. Also my new collab with Solberjum titled “Bla Bla Bla” (we will release it on Art&Music March,12th) is something that I love to play. Lately I have been in love with the remix of “Yeah Yeah” by my brother John Christian and with the collab of my bro Nicky Romero and Teamworks titled “Champion Sound”.
Solberjum: For sure I will play my remix of “Brave love” from Dr. Shiver. I will also definitely play my track “Right Back”, the track from Bougenvilla & Lazy Jay “Float My Boat”, “Balls” from My Broder Madara and the Bass House track from Cazztek ft Kiyoshi called “If You Really Wanna”.
- What are your plans for 2018?
Shiver: Too many! I have 12 new tracks to be released soon. A new collab with John Christian, tons of huge events to play at and … Miami, Ibiza and Amsterdam are waiting for Dr. Shiver & Art&Music Recording.
Solberjum: 2018 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for me. My music is better than ever before, I've got a bunch of new tracks on the way, I feel inspired to create new music and it's also the year of the launch of my new project Broderskab, which is the most refreshing and inspiring project that I'm developing with my partner Madara. We've created a new crew of creative people from all around the world inspired by a common lifestyle. We're also developing the recording side of Broderskab with Dr. Shiver & Art&Music. We have a lot coming up, and 2018 is gonna be full of travels, music, videos, art and shares. I'm very proud to say that we already have members in Asia, based in Hong Kong and Indonesia. We're definitely attentive to the creative force from this part of the globe. I'm sure you'll hear about us very soon, if you haven't yet.
- Please leave a message for your fans in Asia!
Shiver: Thanks for being there and supporting my music guys! Get ready for an incredible 2018 full of new music! Lots of love!
Solberjum: Thanks to all the DJs and music lovers for the love and support. I will come back soon with my crew to rock your clubs and parties. Keep on dreaming and fight for your dreams. From Paris with Love. Solberjum
Make sure to follow Dr. Shiver, Solberjum and Art & Music Recordings on the following socials
facebook.com/solberjum/ twitter.com/solberjum instagram.com/solberjum
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www.facebook.com/jmisissoko.officiel/ twitter.com/jmisissoko www.instagram.com/jmisissoko
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@2018 DJ MAG ASEAN
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For the first time in a long time “Thai Techno Queen” Nakadia has returned to the city of Pattaya. However, this time, she is far more a personality than she could of ever imagined. Charging up the ranks on the global stage and collaborating with some of her idols within her scene, she has been changing the face of the club scene here in Thailand and across Asia.
Nestled in her hotel before her set at the newly open Ibiza-esque Cocoon,
our very own Ray Ray gets up close and personal to discover a little more about how she made the jump to international acclaim.
Q. So how did everything start, your career, your opportunities, your DJing career, how did it start?
Well, it all started when I was fifteen, it is a little bit of a long story. I love to hang out I love to party, I live in Korat, the East of Thailand, so I went to the club for the first time and I was like wow, this is my world.
I was working in a factory and I was always quite happy to go to the club a few times in the week. Even working in many different factories at that time, at the end of the night I would always go and party.
Then in 2002, I was in my early twenties, I went to Germany. It was there that for the first time I saw a female DJ. I was like wow, there is this girl rocking the dance floor - DJ Marusha. It was from there that I see the real DJ life. People really waiting in a long line to get to the club and they very much respect the artist. They come for the artist, and for the club. So it was in the middle of the dance floor I realized, that is what I want to be, after then I could see what the DJ life could be and can have a future (in it).
So right away I go to a record shop (in Germany), and buy some (my first), vinyl. After, when I get back to Thailand, I went to the local club I used to hang out and asked if I could use the turntables to practice. It didn’t really work out for me then, as I had no one to teach me.
After that, Sebastian (my manager), asked me why don’t I come back to Europe? So he set me up in his friend's room at a university to practice for three months. I practiced, like every day, like I study… in a university basically. In the last week, another friend of Sebastian had a DJ Agency and he asked me if I was ready to play n the club? So I say, yeah I really want to play in the club… So my first party that I play for, was like for 2,500 people. Starting on vinyl, I moved to from Korat (once I returned from Europe), to Koh Samui, as I knew there was a lot of beach party there and I began with Deep House and Progressive back then.
Q. So it is great that you came to start on this small island (Koh Samui) and we know you are doing amazing things on this island right now. During your Asian Tour you are returning every second Friday, right? You are also doing something amazing there with an icon in your genre…
Yeah, you know, Sven (Vath), I love his music and his energy… so why not bring Sven to the tropical island where I begin and the people there would love to see him there more often. So we make it very busy, all the flights coming in and all the boats - so now everywhere is busy and sold out.
Now I have also become a promoter (through the success of this). I never thought to become a promoter but I want to bring a good thing for Thailand. We have the scene, very small, and I want to grow the scene. Also, what is very good is we have the local support in different areas; like in Phuket we have the Bermudos that play a kind of Deep, Tech House and Techno in that area, in Bangkok they have local DJs playing underground music and, also, in Koh Samui. Plus it is nice to invite outside (international), artist to join us also to help the scene grow. And I believe we are doing very well in the last few years. In Bangkok last night (for example), I play in a new club - Violet. It was a new experience for me, as I play for a lot of Thai people in the club. Like 50 percent Farrang (Expatriate), and 50 percent Thai. Normally my club is always full of European. I am very impressed how open-minded Thai people are - they really get into the music and they love my music, so yeah, very happy.
Q. So that means now, your Thai fan base is growing at the moment as well?
Yeah, it is doing very well. You see the thing is, Thai people, they love music and they are open-minded. We just have to educate them, we have to show them that this is Techno. See before, they didn’t really know what Techno was and now it is fashion.
Q. Do you think the Techno Scene is evolving in the past few years?
Yeah, I think it is really true, that the Techno scene grows big time. For example, here in Thailand, it was only a little scene and now the scene is getting bigger and bigger. More and more people are coming to enjoy Techno music. In Europe, this happen a long time ago. Four weeks ago I went to South America, Argentina and now the scene is really big there. They have dance floors of 10/20 thousand, just for Techno. My friends over there say they have been doing very well for the last five years now.
Q. We can see that you are also evolving, as a big fan for many years I see you growing. Now you are doing your Asia, South America and Australia tour, tell me a little about the past months?
The past months have been very crazy because I passed five continents in five weeks. So I start South America; I play in Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia and the highlight (there), is Columbia - amazing… I play five hours set, the official is that I play three hours but the people stay on in the club, so I go on two more hours. Ha ha ha. With around 1,500 in the club, the people there come for the music and the come early because they know they want to party longer. Then the next weekend I am in Europe in Hungry, then for one day in North Africa, in Morocco, then straight to Australia and then onto Asia, now, with the start of my Asian tour.
Q. Do you know where your biggest amount fans are at the moment?
Sometimes I don’t really know... how many fans I have? Every corner I went to, I have fans, and people know me. I think, because it is the country I play a lot in, is Italy… so I think I have a lot of fans there. Oh and Romania as well... I must have fans right? Because they keep inviting me over to play again and again and again and the place, and it is always busy.. so... I have a fan..
Q. What is your biggest achievement so far?
I do everything really step by step. I play the club I want to play, I wanted to produce and I produce - I work with a good guy also, as a team to produce because I don’t have too much time. So everything going really well with my career. Now I become a promoter, my next party will be with Loco Dice. I am happy with what I did now, everything going really well and I didn’t expect anything. Everything seems to come in the natural way. I will be happy I think, in the future, I am fine. And from the past I am very pleased with what I did, I’m so proud because I work so hard and keep on fighting - not only just as a DJ and trying to make a career but I also have problem with my visas. When I go somewhere, sometimes, I have to make like two, three times. So even though I am tired now, I am tired with the traveling, when I am in the club, I am happy. When I see my dance floor, I really feel good.
Q .Once you finish here in Asia and return to Europe for the summer, you have some big things coming up?
I will play for Elrow, headlining at Amnesia Ibiza and I also have a residency at Zoo Project where I will be the last act on the main stage. So I now have ten gigs in Ibiza, which is also great. They are both really busy venues, Elrow (for example), was sold out every Saturday last summer. So I am really excited to play for them.
Q. I know you are busy but do you ever take a little time for yourself or do you just keep on focusing on keeping the gigs coming?
Hmm, I don’t really have time for myself. I do my ways in my personal time and before I go to bed, I use a lot of cream, ha ha ha. You know why because it is my relaxing time. First cream, second cream, just before I go to bed. It is my personal relaxing time.
Q.Do you have any advice for an Asian fellow DJ or Producer?
It is not so hard to become a DJ, anyone can really do it, but to be famous, you have to work on it and follow your heart. What do you want to be, do you want to be a commercial DJ or an underground DJ or Techno DJ or whatever - you have to know what you really want. And then, the next step, you have to produce these days. And not just any label, you need to release on a big label that can take you to the top and then know the right people.
Q.Do you have a new EP or any new releases coming up soon?
Really soon, my track with Citizen Kane will be released with Filth on Acid Records.
So level-headed and driven, Nakadia, is set for a vibrant career for sure, a real inspiration to any artists in Asia looking to aim for the big time. It was great to be with her and yet there was so much more discussed but there is a limit to the number of words I can place in any one article. So, to really get a feel for this wonderfully warm woman, her passion for her music and fans alike, check out the full interview with Ray Ray in the video below. And if you like what you have read and would love to check the girl out on the wheels of steel, just grab a look at her movements across the region on this link….
As for us, we can’t wait till she is back. And Nakadia is back in Pattaya very soon indeed as she’ll be lifting the vibes at Cocoon again just over a week.
Written by Raymond van de Luitgaarden & Daniel Johnston
@2018 DJ MAG ASEAN - THAI ARM
A singer and songwriter of Electronic Music, she was born in Brazil and she's been crossing cultural borders bringing her Pop Electronic Music into the world's map. The Kraken had her second song signed by Universal Music and featured in Hit Mania 2016 Album along with big names such as Hardwell, Avicii, Lost Frequencies, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike and many others. She's now with her new releases signed by Warner Chappell Brazil, with half million views on Youtube and with more than 600.000 plays on Spotify. We want to know everything!
01 - Let's start with the real beginning, as you are a singer and songwriter my first question is why Electronic Music Kraken?
" I know it's sound's confusing right? Since I'm not a Dj... Well, for me, music is frequency and also a very powerful way of communication, the way my mind talks with my heart. So I was writing songs and I was already working in the studio, studying everything I could about music. And one day I heard a very famous House Music track called "Fade Into Darkness" by Avicii. I was amazed and started to search and study everything about Electronic Music because I loved the way this music genre was so focused on making people feel good, loved and not alone. It had everything to do with my first goal with music, changing people's energy and making them feel good. "
02 - I Got you Kraken! You are right, Electronic Music is very powerful and your background is full of those references, tell me more about it before we get into the new releases!
" Yes! It's funny because now I'm having new fans, coming from hearing and seeing the videos of the new releases, until that point was ok but some of them are really digging into my previous songs... They want to talk about "Light Up" or " Lucky " or "Release Me". I always say that each song has their own story and thought they are connecting pretty well at this moment, looking back when I made these songs It was about connecting crowds of people, with the strong beat, calculated rhythm, to support my lyrics that would make people feel better by not being alone, feeling good as they are and proud of themselves despite their problems, in that moment everything would be ok. I can even say I still hear them when I need "
03 - As you are the songwriter of your own songs my question is: why in English?
" I don't know (laughs), the truth is since I started writing songs I wrote them in English, I expressed myself well and I just kept doing that. I learned English and Spanish by myself but my country's language is Portuguese, and writing songs in English was a huge problem at the beginning because the record labels in Brazil didn't accept songs that were not in Portuguese. I heard several times - Why don't you write in Portuguese?! It would be easier! - But now what I do and the way I do it is what stands out. "
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/6MPGR5F2KiceFIJBeuaVrC?si=BGuHpwINTLi2WOoK8OXVtA
04 - Let's get into to them! First I want to know about "You and I" with half a million views on Youtube, what the idea behind it?
" You and I is a very special song for me because it was my second step towards what I wanted to do now. I was back from my first business trip, where I spent 3 months recording, writing and having meetings with different producers, rappers and DJs between Europe and USA. My song "Pirate Of Samba" was signed by Universal Music and featured on Hit Mania along with big names such as Hardwell, Avicii, Jason Derulo... And I needed to figure out what I wanted to do. I was already into Pop Electronic, so as soon as I heard that sample I wrote and recorded the lyric at the same time in the studio. It was clear to me, I wanted something that could touch people's heart but at the same time could be funny and soft. (laughs)"
- So why the "I Die" on the lyrics of "You and I"?
" (Laughs) The song tells the story about a person that falls in love but couldn't see that coming, and get's surprised at how strong is the feeling, so "I Die" is a tricky verse, it doesn't really mean dying. In Brazil, young people say "I'm dead" as a funny way to refer dramatically to something that impacted you. So I use it to express that. - dramatically saying how you feel when you are in love! - "
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/1x3Brda5yyNuP71Rf2TT98?si=jhzWbP_WSW-vANG8fGzcKA
05 - What about your last release? "What About You"?
" This one was my third step, first in music I had the vision, like what I wanted to say with my music, then with - You and I - I had the way I wanted to say, and - What About You - was responsible to give an image for that. Both of these songs I talk about love in our reality today, with social media, with festivals, our daily life filled with our insecurities but nothing can keep us away from falling in love. So I wanted to play with that with my own image, I know it sounds crazy (Laughs), but in the lyric video, I used colors to express the confusing emotions and different hair colors and looks to represent different styles. After all - What About You? - when you are falling in love?
06 - We notice an Asian cultural influence in some parts of your new image what can you tell us about that?
" I was born in a country (Brazil) made by immigrants for all over the world, my own family it's a mix of cultures such as Italians, Germans, Portuguese, African and Brazilian Natives. So I naturally have a passion for new cultures and my geek side made me grew up on Mangás, Cartoons and video games. My sports side made me into climbing and Muay Thai, and my mom raised me with Chinese medicine. So it came naturally to me adding so many different cultures into my image. I love and respect them. "
07 - What would you say to your fans in Asia?
" Oh I've been receiving a lot of messages from new fans from different parts in Asia and nothing makes me feel more grateful than to read those words and see how my songs are reaching every one of them. I want to say that: I see each one of you and you are very special to me! My Pirates! Thank you for the support and a lot of great things are coming this year! "