Ibiza Club News Radio has been bubbling around in the background for quite a few weeks now. Testing, plotting, dancing to ourselves, preparing for a long winter of great music leading into hopefully the return of summer in 2021. As we celebrate our official launch, it’s time to get to know the residents. This time around, we chat to NATE…
Hey! Nice to meet you. What’s your name?
What made you want to be a DJ?
I’ve always been a big fan of dance music since I was little, I even had my first experience of mixing vinyls when I was about 14/15 years old mixing dubstep in a friends greenhouse. So when I grew older and started going to raves and experiencing dance music and the rave culture first hand, it definitely cemented the dream of DJ’ing and pursuing music for me.
I actually remember one of my first ever raves. I went up to visit a couple friends who were studying at Loughborough university and they had mentioned about the LWE nights that regularly happen there. Around this time, Shadow Child was at the top of the deep house scene and Latmun (who I think was studying at Loughborough) was playing the warm up set.
I can still to this day remember the feeling on that dance floor, surrounded by like minded people, having the best time and not wanting the night to end. This memory has definitely played a monumental part for me in becoming a DJ. I’d been to a lot of concerts back then, but the way the DJ was controlling the energy and vibe of the whole room through dance music was something else and it had me hooked from then on.
I think I ordered my very first decks almost as soon as I got home and would be getting them out at every opportunity I got.
What are your top 5 tunes EVER? We’ll be secretly judging you, so they better be good.
This is always one of the hardest questions to answer for me, as there are so many great tunes out there. But here’s a selection of some of my timeless tracks and some great track’s that I love right now…
1. Bicep – Glue
2. Monolink, ARTBAT – Return To Oz (ARTBAT Remix)
3. Joyhauser – C166W
4. Tiger Stripes – Baby
5. Adam Beyer, Green Velvet, Layton Giordani – Space Date (Pleasurekraft Remix)
Whats your favourite club and why?
There’s so many great clubs out there, so this is a really tough question to answer.
Personally I would have to say Printworks, London is a truly stand out venue. I remember being there for the opening night when the line up had Seth Troxler b2b Martinez Brothers b2b Loco Dice and it was unbelievable! The sound and vibe in there is exceptional. A big abandoned newspaper factory with a massive sound system, what’s not to love!
Also, I have to add Hï Ibiza to the list. I was fortunate enough to play here in 2019 and the vibe in there was like no other. The production and sheer size of this place make it a must when you’re in Ibiza. There’s even a DJ in the toilets, which could easily be considered a club room in itself with ravers happily dancing away in there all night.
Tell us your favourite thing about being a DJ?
There are so many great things about being a DJ, as well as the struggles the come with it too. But the absolute favourite for me, is providing a soundtrack and environment for ravers to let lose, feel free and lose themselves in the moment to some great music. There is nothing better than looking out at a dance floor and seeing every single person having a great time, you really can’t beat that feeling.
What advice have you been given in life that you found useful?
Healthy body, healthy mind – Being a DJ can be a pretty demanding on the body, with late nights, lots of travelling on little sleep and surrounded by lots of alcohol and whatever else. So maintaining your health is crucial for anyone pursuing a career in Dj’ing, and in any other career. I try to eat healthy as much as possible by keeping my diet as natural and clean as possible, as well as regularly training to keep my body active and energised, not only so I can manage the late nights and perform my very best at the clubs, but also to keep creativity, energy and motivation high for studio time during the week. It’s advice that I’ve lived by for years and I would definitely pass on to anyone.
Lockdowns have been awful for dance music, if you had to make a bet – how do you see 2021 playing out?
I see 2021 being the start of the next big era for dance music and music in general. If you look back at other pandemics or wars etc. in history, there’s almost a decade after where parties and events sky rocket. So now with COVID appearing to be on the decline, I hope that 2021 is going to be the recovery year that is needed for the music industry. With the support of ravers who have been in lockdown and are itching to get back in the clubs/festivals and recreate those unforgettable moments, 2021 could be the start of something great.
Where is the best place for people to check out your music?
You can check out my music on all the usual channels (links below). I also post a lot of clips of music in the works on my socials, so you can also head to any of them to catch snippets of future releases as well.
Tell us about this months mix?
If there’s one good thing that has come from this lockdown, it’s that it has got me listening to a lot of new and exciting music which has inspired me to start experimenting with my sound more. So this months mix is a selection of melodic and heavy techno that I am really vibing to at the moment, with a couple of unreleased tracks from myself too.
Check out NATE’s show this month below….