At NAKID we comb through thousands of music submissions weekly to bring you highlighted music artists we think stand out and this week we stumbled across an amazing new artist, NOSTALGIX. A producer/DJ making waves in the house music scene, she is finding light at the end of the tunnel with her new single. Like her name suggests, her overall vibe exudes the 90’s – pink but sporty, sparkly and grainy, fun and empowering. Nostalgix was actually born in Iran, where women are not given the same opportunities and rights as they are in North America. Growing up, she never considered a career in music an attainable reality, but her family moved to Canada when she was 8 so that her and her sister could have more opportunities.
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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your story. How did your background and culture shape you and how the move from such a polar opposite place as Iran lead to your creative expression in the US exploding and what it means to you and why?
I was born in Tehran, Iran and was there for most of my childhood. I had an amazing childhood growing up in a part of the world that wasn’t influenced by the media and that was very family based. But unfortunately women’s rights were very restricted, so I didn’t have a lot of options of what I could do in life. Growing up, I loved ‘American’ music. Every time I visited my grandparents I would put on MTV music videos on cable and watch for hours. I was always intrigued by the culture of music in North America, but for me it was only something I could experience through a TV. The idea of being a musician, or having my own business felt like a world away; it wasn’t even something I could dream of.
My whole life changed when my family was able to move to Canada when I was 8 years old. I was given a chance to do anything I wanted in my life.
Through years of living in an entirely new culture, I learned about the person that I am and I felt like I finally had my own voice and wanted to express it. I’ve gone on to do that through my music.
Being raised in Iran has made me extremely grateful for the opportunities I have today; I’m truly blessed to be able to do what I love most in life.
I wanna make other people happy through music & create those experiences that I felt as a little girl for others.
2. Artistic expression is beauty in humanity, a way of releasing one’s self from within – was music something that called to you over time more than other artistic avenues or did you just know at some point?
Through the years, I naturally gravitated towards wanting to learn instruments. As a kid I started learning guitar and drums, but it was always something I did for fun. Before I started making music, I was very passionate about making films. I would spend all my spare time making short films or writing stories.
It wasn’t until my final year of high school that I discovered dance music. My friend took me to see ‘Hardwell’ as my first show and my life fully changed that night. I absolutely fell in love with dance music and the community that it had; I’d never experienced anything like it before.
In my first month of going to University for film production, I started teaching myself how to DJ. After a lot of practice, I played shows around campus which led to me playing in Downtown Vancouver. The more I played, the more I fell in love with it. After a year, I started learning music production and shortly after that I left school to pursue music.
3. How has living in and around where you are push you and your career/life? Essentially how did you have to hustle to get yourself and music out there?
Living in Vancouver, BC has been amazing in every aspect. Starting out, I knew nothing about the music scene. I just really loved dance music, and wanted to learn more about it. I didn’t know anyone who made music or was a DJ. It took me teaching myself and playing shows around the city to start becoming part of the community. For a couple years I would be putting in 8 hours a day almost every day to be a better producer and playing shows on the side.
Through that my music naturally grew and started getting recognition globally. I started working with labels like Confession, Night Bass, Dim Mak, DND Records & Insomniac.
My hometown has been so supportive. I’m grateful to have come up in Vancouver, there’s so many amazing artists out here.
4. How has your music process and writing changed from when you started, and what things do you focus on most with respect to your brand or image and music that make up you as a music artist?
When I make music, I always sit down with the intention of making what I feel. If I’m happy or sad I embrace that whether it’s through the lyrics or melody I write.
My sound is very influenced by Bass house, G house and UK garage, but I draw inspiration from all different genres. I always want to keep expanding and learning, so I never limit myself with what I make. Regardless of what I make, it’s gonna sound like me.
5. What do you want people to hear and take away from your writing/music?
I want my music to empower people or get them in their feels; whether that’s happy or sad.
Either get you feeling that “bad bish energy” or get you shuffling to the beat.
6. Often relationships and turmoil affect singer/songwriters, does it affect producers? More specifically does it end up in your writing and song design and how/why if so?
Absolutely, your mood plays a big part in it. A lot of my songs are more happy and energetic so if I’m in that mindset my music will reflect that. I find I’m more innovative after playing shows or travelling since I get to meet so many people and create new experiences.
But, breakups are also great for making music haha. You’re either way more emotional so you’re wanting to express yourself more, or you’re just feeling inspired to be a better version of yourself so you work harder.
7. What have you been doing during this COVID horror show pandemic to stay sane?
I’ve been writing SO much new music. I feel like I have a lot of time to really bring my ideas to life, so I’ve been rapping a lot on my productions and working on what my shows are gonna look like when touring is safe again.
Also physical and mental health is extremely important, so I’ve been exercising and meditating a lot to stay positive.
8. If you had to take one person, alive or dead, into quarantine lockdown with you for 30 days and you only got one object to take with you what would it be and who would you pick?
For sure Miley Cyrus and my laptop. She’s an amazing musician that can do anything and has such great energy.
Would write music for 30 days straight.
9. What’s the first thing you want to do or go to when the lockdown ends, what do you miss most?
I miss festivals the most, so when it’s safe again I would love to get back to performing. It’s always been a big part of where I draw my inspiration. I miss sharing my music live and meeting new people around the world.
10. What new performances do you have on the horizon once we can live in public again?
I was going on a big tour around North America right before the lockdown happened. That’s something I’m definitely gonna get back to, along with a lot of festival performances. I’ve been working on so much new music, so I can’t wait to be playing it out again.
11. What’s your spirit animal?
Lion. They’re such strong & fierce animals.
12. What’s your favourite thing about making music and playing music live?
I love being able to express my ideas and to create art out of nothing. Finishing a project is always the best feeling in the world, and being able to share that is so special.
Before making dance music, I was a big fan of it. I’ve been in the crowd and I know how amazing it feels to hear your favourite song from your favourite artist. It’s always surreal seeing a crowd really connect with your music.
13. What’s one thing that was a challenge you had to overcome choosing this music path and how did it affect you and your writing
Patience. Being a musician, I’ve learned that good things don’t happen overnight. Good music is developed over years of hard work. I’ve learned to slow down when I need to and really put all my energy into one project.
14. How do you think the DIY movement through social media and internet in general has changed the industry and changed the way musical artists like yourself get discovered and reach new fans? What’s that kind of personal ability to directly connect to your fans meant to you as an artist and during this time? How do you think this event in history will change the internet and how we interact socially whether it be music or art or just in general?
Now more than ever, social media is so important in the process of getting your music out there. We live in a unique time where you can really start a whole business without even leaving your house. I love it since there’s so many options of what you can do as an artist.
I love using social media to connect with fans and new artists. I’m happy I’ve been able to stay in touch with fans during the lockdown, whether it’s on live streams or messages.
It’s been a hard few months for a lot of people, I think everyone really needs music right now. If we can’t do it live and in person, why not give back through live streams online.
15. What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to make it in the music industry as well as those out there having a hard time during this lockdown?
If you’re an aspiring artist, show up for yourself. Put in as much time as you can. Make art that makes you happy. It’s okay to not be feeling your best self right now, but it’s so important to keep trying and to show up for your dreams. You never know when inspiration is gonna hit, so keep trying until it does.
For those struggling with the lockdown, remember it’s only temporary and we’re all in it together. Try to do things that make you feel happy and fulfilled right now.