I wouldn’t say there is more pressure when producing music, but the fact that the talent coming from our area is being recognized makes me even more proud of where I come from. It’s nice to be in the business with talented artists who I have a connection with, something in common besides the music and now we are extremely successful doing something that we love. I’m proud to share that with them.
What is the fans reaction so far from your newly released album ‘Ten Feet Tall’?
There will be some really cool unique collaborations and I think a lot of people are very surprised because the songs are so different than anything they’ve heard from me yet. I’m excited to finally share with fans my journey and the tracks I’ve been working on and I have been perfecting it for a long time. I hope everyone continues to love it as much as I do.
It was quite a while ago since you collaborated with Beyonce but how was it working in the studio with such a strong-minded artist who knows exactly what she wants and what do you take out from the experience?
I was asked to produce the song ‘Run The World (Girls)’ with Diplo, which was a huge honour. Beyonce has a great vision for what she wants and always makes it happen, which is a great lesson and it’s something I’ll always take with me. I was so pumped when she all of a sudden released her new album, that’s next level shit. [he laughs]
If you could start over again, is there anything you would change about your entry into the music industry & legendary DJ status?
Not really. I’ve been so blessed with all of the opportunities I’ve been given and I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am. It can be rough entering the music industry. Sometimes what you think are setbacks end up really helping you in the long run. I’ve learned a lot, so I wouldn’t change anything.
Share a secret with us that no-one else knows about you. Like, what’s your weirdest habit? What do you do when no-one’s watching?
I read and draw a lot of comics and I like watching TV shows like The Simpsons. Not a lot of people know that my ultimate dream, like, the one thing that would just make my entire life complete, is if I was a character on The Simpsons. That would be the most awesome thing ever!
Maria: Well, now that you have shared it with us, let’s hope it happens!
Nick: Yes, that would be so cool!
Tinnitus (continuous ringing tone in your ears caused by loud music) affects many DJs and it’s important to make partygoers aware of the damage loud music can cause. What measures do you take to protect your hearing?
As a DJ it’s really hard to protect your hearing, especially when you’re around it every night. I’m pretty accustomed to it now. The most important part of a good show is that the crowd really gets into the beat, but it’s important to pay attention to your body and try to be as safe as possible. I always use protection for my ears when performing.
The music industry is changing significantly, artists are beginning to introduce new platforms to launch music; via social media, Jay Z Samsung album app, Beyonce’s I-tunes album release, DJs are setting up their own record labels and so on. How are you planning to change the EDM scene?
This year I’m really looking to change not only the EDM scene, but the party scene. I want to take the typical party and turn it into something new. I have some big ideas that I can’t wait to try out. My new residency at Hakkasan in Las Vegas is the perfect place to do it.
What is the best thing about being so successful & popular? Be honest.
To be honest, as a producer, the best feeling is knowing that people love my music as much as I do. To hear fans say that my music has helped them in some way or is almost like a part of them, that is the best feeling in the world.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done during your Jacked tour?
Partying with the fans can get crazy but I love it. I don’t have one specific time that was more epic than the rest, every show is so different and crazy in its own way.
What do you love about Ibiza and where can we find you kicking back?
Ibiza is like my second home now, I’ve performed there so many times and whenever I go back I get a good familiar feeling. Since it’s the party capital of the world, I like experiencing all of the different clubs and nightlife. They’ve got some very cool beaches, so during the day I just like to relax there.