Kicking off with Thailands country girl turned Thailand techno queen, Nakadia, for Footprints’ 1st Anniversary!
You come from a very tiny village in countryside of Thailand: what was your childhood dream?
I remember that I was always drawing plans for a house I would like to build. With my fingers in the sandy ground. My dream was to have a house and I was planning where the rooms would be and what it would look like. Maybe deep inside I wanted to be an architect. I actually build this house 25-30 years later – for my parents. I designed the house, not drawing it in the sand, but sitting on the plane drawing on the iPad. I built my parents a house after I made some money touring the world: I made my dream come true!
How hard was from you moving from a 50 houses village to a big city? What challenges did you encounter?
I left the village at the age of 15, moving to the closest major city. Korat – one of the biggest Thai cities. There I had to work hard to survive. I took many different jobs in factories and lived in a room shared with 6 girls. We didn’t have much, but we where happy and we enjoyed what life had to offer. I was actually always very disciplined to have enough money until the end of the month. Often I took 2 shifts and worked 16 hours per day. I didn’t have anything else to do anyway. Whenever I got bored at one factory, I moved to the next. I wanted to know how things are made. My hunger to find out how the world works made me enjoy this life.
Which performance you saw made you fall in love with techno? And when did you decide you wanted to become a dj?
My online friend Sebastian invited me to visit Germany. He arranged some model shootings for me to make some money there. I landed in Frankfurt on May 1 2002 and the same night we went to a club in Karlsruhe where Marusha was playing. She was the biggest German techno star in the 90s and she was playing at a sold out club. Sebastian was her friend, so he introduced me to her and I could experience my first night of techno up close. This changed my life. That night I knew that I was born to DJ and I caught the techno fever. I didn’t know that it was techno – for me it was music I never heard before and I loved the energy of it. Not just the music, but the entire community on the dancefloor. This was something I never experienced in any other club before.
Tell us your latest music inspirations?
It’s very hard to point out one specific inspiration for the Dj part of my life. I get inspired at every gig I play and every party I attend. Often I notice things I don’t like and that I try to avoid for myself. Sometimes I get a positive inspiration that makes me want to adapt or learn from. On the production side I get inspired all the time by tracks I play. Sometimes its just a way how a clap is shaped in a reverb or how a certain EQ is used in a track. I learn every day on the production side and I am kind of addicted to my production software: Ableton Live. Often working deep into the night on my hotel bed.
Is there a difference between the Asian and the European audience?
Europe is very big and diverse in terms of the techno scene. There are so many different areas with different tastes of music and artists they like. Its so diverse that its impossible to say how “Europe” is. But the one thing that is still missing in Asia is the understanding of the techno scene. Its not just the music, its a lifestyle! Good techno clubs stand for a community where everybody feels like family. Nobody behaves bad and all people seem to be like one. Anywhere in the world you can enter a techno club and you are immediately surrounded by people feeling the same way like you. It doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you make or what the colour of your skin – the community has the same heartbeat and with our music we express out emotions in the same way, where every we are. This community spirit is often still missing in Asia. Clubs are businesses to make money – as quickly as possible. Not for the real techno community in Europe where clubs are mostly run by DJs or music lovers that have other priorities. Of course we all need to make money to survive but its not the first priority. This spirit is what Asia still has to develop.
Which Thai artist you recommend us to listen to?
I have 2 favourite Thai artists that I think have much potential. One is from my hometown Korat and is working hard to develop a scene there. He is an amazing DJ and every time I book him to one of my events, people can not believe how good he is. His name is TJ Tiesjungle. And the other one is Flim – a Thai artist living on the Cote D Azur in France. He has a very similar style to my own and is also a very positive person making the people of his area happy with his performances. I have high hopes for his career as well as Flim is also producing great music.
Tell us about your upcoming projects
Right now I am looking at the busiest year of my career yet. The schedule is more full than ever before. Until the end of February I will be touring around Asia and then in March already touring across 4 continents again. I am happy I already got 6 EPs ready to be released in 2020 and they will come out from February onwards until the end of the year. There are some really amazing tracks in these EPs and I have high hope for these releases. Especially my track “Liquid blue” which will come out mid April is already making big waves and could be a big step up for my career. I already have my eyes on the year 2021, looking forward to play some of the worlds major festivals again.
Catch Nakadia this Friday at XX XX for L.O.T.U.S (Ladies Of The Underground Sound): get your early bird tickets HERE.
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