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You will find in this category each week, an interview or a biograhpy of a Dj or artist which is breaking the news. All styles are on the “menu” of this category: minimal, house, electro, techno or even trance in some cases.

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Techno
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Nicole Moudaber - Interview

Propelled to the forefront of today’s scene by her flawlessly executed sleazy house and techno sounds, Nicole Moudaber is now an unstoppable force. Some years ago, Carl Cox famously labelled her “the Most Underrated DJ of 2009”. Pete Tong is also a big fan, recently featuring Nicole as a “The Rising Star” on his Essential Selection. Moreover, the Moudaber mix of Sian & Mladen Tomec’s “Front Pocket” on Octopus and her version of Carl Cox “Chemistry” on Intec, which also scooped a prestigious IDMA at Miami’s Winter Music Conference, winning the award for ‘Best Minimal/Techno Track’. Killer original tracks for other labels including Drumcode, Intec Digital, Kling Klong, Leena Music and Waveform Recordings have all furthered her reputation for phenomenal ass-shaking music built around tight production. Today, we have the chance to interview one of the hottest techno producers! The interview followed notably the ones of other famous producers like Marc Romboy, Da Fresh, Umek, Avicii or Dr. Kucho. First, I wanted to thank Nicole for answering our questions.

"Hello Nicole,

Honestly, it's a real pleasure and honor to interview you, because I discovered your music through the music of Carl Cox mainly and it has been always a pleasure to listen to your tracks or sets since then. So I’m really impatient about your upcoming album, the main reason for this interview!

Indeed, you will release your debut album, “Believe”, on May 6th on Drumcode. It's a special occasion for sure, as you said about it, that the "icing on the cake" was getting to work with label boss Adam Beyer. Could you please give us more info about it? Is there any specific story behind it?
> Both Adam and I were talking about a collaboration for a while now but our schedule didn't permit us to really lock the project down and find studio time together. We managed finally to do it in the end and having the track on the Believe album is an element of this anticipation for the album!

I’ve read recently that there are plans to do more with Adam after the summer together. How well this collaboration went and how did you two work exactly, trying to combine 2 crazy agendas I can imagine? Was it not too difficult? And on how many tracks did he collaborate?
> We only have one track in place at the moment. Working with Adam is amazing. I get his vibe and vice versa. We allow each other to have the freedom to take it where ever we see fit.  There will be more projects coming along and I can only see us finding time to work together at the end of the summer as we both have mad schedules ahead of us.
I'm already gathering ideas for this project and maybe I’ll have it ready for the Drumcode party I'm organizing on the beach this summer in Ibiza. It could be a great launch for this collaboration so we will have to see how we go.

The first single release is "Take Hold," a driving nine-minute track with a relentless four-to-the-floor beat that sprouts all sorts of eerie synths and twisted vocal samples. Is there a specific reason to release first this track? Is it the one you prefer?
> It's not the first release, the album contains 10 tracks of which 9 are originals. The anticipation of our collaboration obviously raised a lot of attention but the album is set out to drop on May 6th. I don't have a preferred track on there, they're all my babies.

2012 is over. If you look back to it, what can you say? What is your vision of the couple past months with many dates?
> It was the year where everything really took off massively in my career.  In addition to winning the IDMA award in Miami for my remix of ‘Carl Cox – Chemistry’, I have played many amazing shows and festivals around the world this year and I was also in the process of completing my album as well. Therefore it was quite a hectic year for me, with many highs and lows – such as my father being very ill during this time. It was hard to juggle everything…. and looking back at the past months I see the rewards for all my hard work coming through - the future is very exciting for me at the moment.

After you give us these info about your music news we would like to go back to your musical roots. Could you briefly tell us how did you become DJ and producer? Who were you first?
> I was a promoter for quite some time and I had my monthly nights at the legendary club Turnmills in London. I embarked on a building project when I bought a house in Ibiza so I had to take some time off to refurbish it, which in turn cut me out from the music world. My passion for the music was calling me again when the project was done and I had to return to it but decided to choose another path.  I locked myself in the studio and got coached to DJ and learn the software, from Ableton to Traktor. Practiced day and night, finding my groove and spending nights on end trying different things technically until I hit home.  
The learning never stops, constantly updating and pushing further.

At the beginning, did your family understand what you did for a living? And now are they proud of what you achieved?
> No and they never will.  But they are proud I'm sure.

Cutting edge from the very beginning, your involvement in dance music started in 1996 when you promoted 'Trashy Renaissance' in Beirut with DJs such as Anthony Pappa and Paul Van Dyk into the Lebanon. At this time it was civil war.  Can you tell us the difficulties you had to overcome in regard to that? Do you believe music is stronger than everything ?
> There weren't difficulties - on the contrary the city of Beirut wanted do raise awareness and help tourism. I had the whole army working for me at the time (yes - army - no police force at the time) assisting with traffic and ensuring everyone’s safety. I chose a Cathedral and a Mosque location and we had space in front of them and that’s where the party was.  Music definitely united Muslims and Christians that night, we had over 1000 people - it is one of the greatest achievements I've done.

In your career Carl Cox is for sure a major supporter to your work and gave you a lot of support over the years. How did you to meet for the first time. Did you remember?
> He invited me to open for him at a London show, it was intimate and exclusive. He supported my music, played my records on his radio show and consequently followed requests to play his nights at Space Ibiza. I love him, he's brilliant.

More and more people are asking us about the material DJs and producers used. What is the software or instruments you use to produce and create a track? Could you please be more specific on a technical side let’s say? Ableton maybe?
> Ableton all the way and loads of pluggins. I spend hours working on the groove, adding many layers and filtering practically everything to get the low end right before moving on to the rest - baseline, hats and tons of layered loops.
 
The interview will be published on a website mainly read by French people. So, what do you know about the French electronic music scene? Are there some artists that you personally know or especially love their music?
> I know a lot about French culture in general because I was French educated. Music wise - Laurent Garnier is incredible, Paul Ritch equally as good as well as Ron Costa & D'Julz.

Nicole, before we conclude this interview we have a few more questions. Sometimes one word is enough!

Where are you right now for answering our interview? Studio, airport?
> Ibiza. I came for a few days ago, to check on my house before rentals begin this summer
www.villabes.com if you're interested. That was little project for 3 years.

An artist you would like to work with one day?
> Too many to mention!

Vinyls or MP3/CDs for your sets?
> I've gone digital now. I previously have used vinyl and CDs.

3 words to define your music?
> Percussive - deep - hypnotic

One privilege, being DJs, gives you access to?
> Lots of air miles

One word about France?
> Vin Rouge

Some words about our website, the one where the interview will be published?
> Very cool and very underground - the way we like it

A track you will always carry in your bag?
> Any of my productions

Your favorite track these days?
> Ben Sims - The Afterparty (Adam Beyer Remix)
 
A producer to follow in 2013?
> Ural & Doruk
 
Nicole, thank you so much for the time you devoted to Actualités Electroniques and particularly for this full and exclusive interview. We will wait for sure for your next productions and especially your upcoming album. A bientôt!”
> Merci Aroy !

Dj Aroy

MORE INFOS ABOUT NICOLE MOUDABER
http://www.myspace.com/worldbeats
https://www.facebook.com/officialpage
https://twitter.com/nicolemoudaber
https://soundcloud.com/nicolemoudaber
http://www.youtube.com/cocolaleona
http://www.mixcloud.com/nicolemoudaber
https://soundcloud.com/moodrecords
http://www.youtube.com/moodrecordsmusic
https://twitter.com/MoodRec
https://www.facebook.com/MOODRecords

 
Written by Dj Aroy
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