Interview : Nairo He’s been released on numerous labels in the past such as Pacha Recordings, HouseSession, and Hotfingers. Nabil has worked with the likes of Jay C, Martin Villeneuve and many others under the faux-nom Mike Neptune. Those early years of experimentation led him into a corner of dance music he connected with deeply. After a 2 year period of silence, he re-emerged in late 2016 and firmly began stamping his new project, Nairo, into the underground Deep House and Techno scene. Some of his recent successes include releasing several tracks with the Berlin-based label KDB Records as well as his viral remix of Crystalised by The XX. Lately, one of our favorite labels has been observing his steady and impressive rise and have recently signed him on their latest Ethereal Techno album. Read further to know the answer and find out more about one of Morocco’s most compelling up and coming producers.
1- You have contributed with your first release at the age of 17, that’s huge! Tell us about your first composing experience?
When I lived in Morocco I wasn’t doing too great in school. My parents sent me to London at the age of 16 to live with my step brother. I was on a £10 allowance each week which was nothing. No internet, cell phone or even a pair of house keys. All I had was a laptop, a decent music collection and a pair of headphones. One day I sat in an Internet cafe and downloaded Ableton Live. I had no idea what the hell I was doing but using all the great music that influenced me I was able to figure out sequencing and piece together an acceptable arrangement which led me to write my first track. It kinda sounded like Booka Shade – Mandarin Girl. I remember that moment of ‘YES! I can actually do this’ so clearly. You can probably guess what happened everyday after school and on weekends after that laughs
2- You have been inactive for quite some time, resourcing yourself right? With the many types & genres of music available today, how important is it to stick to your own passion?
I moved to Brooklyn,NY from 2013-2016. I was making groovy tech house at the time. For some reason I completely stopped producing and became a listener. I opened my mind to all corners of New York’s eclectic music culture. Underground dance music wasn’t really a thing over there at the time and anything that went on was considered niche. It really broadened my palette and allowed me to reach a state of mind that helped immensely in building my personal sound. Moving back to London in early 2016 I hit the studio hard for about 8 months combining everything I saw and experienced which eventually materialised in the form of a track called ‘Rebirth’ which symbolised how I found myself musically.