Nakadia is one of Asia’s brightest stars and an influential figure within the techno scene.
Nakadia has carried her unstoppable energy since childhood while growing up in the poor Thai countryside of Isaan. Various jobs led to her first European trip in 2002 where she encountered techno for the first time.
Inspired to become a DJ she has built an impressive career that has led to her to play at festivals such as Tomorrowland, Berlin’s Love Parade, Budapest’s Sziget, Amsterdam’s Dockyard and Australia’s top festival Rainbow Serpent.
Now an influential DJ with a global fan base she is also a music producer whose tracks and remixes have been a feature of labels ranging from Carl Cox’s Intec to Markantonio’s AnalyticTrail. In addition to recording an exclusive mix for Flow Techno she also took the time to run through a few quick questions…
Thanks for recording us a podcast, could you describe the vibe/energy were you trying to capture with your track selection?
I have to admit that I was a bit tipsy when I recorded the mix. A glass of wine is enough for me to get into a good mood, and during the recording, I had a few… so I was in a party mood, and the set I played reflected that. The set was played using vinyl, so it’s not 100% technically perfect, as I am not afraid to make small speed adjusting mistakes. Life is not perfect, people are not perfect, so why should a mix be perfect? It’s the small mistakes that make something human.
What’s your favourite track in the mix, and did you play any of your own music?
I only play tracks that I really love, and each track has a different feeling, so I could not pick a favourite one. Sometimes, I love the funky ones, sometimes the powerful ones, and sometimes the beautiful ones… it all depends on the mood. My sets always carry different emotions, and this time I only played one of my own productions. It is the Nakadia remix of a track I released with Sean & Dee called “Sonic Fuse”, it’s somewhere in the middle of the set.
Talking of your own tracks, what’s new in your release schedule, as we would love to know more about your new music?
I have many productions ready to be released, but now is a bad time for dance floor music. I have just released a collaboration EP called “One Way To Mars” with my friend Irregular Synth on Markantonio’s label AnalyticTrail. My next EP will be on Kraftek, and I think it will be released towards the end of the summer. Carl Cox played the A-side of that EP at nearly every of his techno gigs in 2019 and I can’t wait to finally get it out.
What do you think would be the perfect setting for someone to listen to your mix, and why do you think that would be the best place?
My productions are for wild and crazy parties… for unforgettable nights. That’s why right now I don’t want to release lots of music because there are nearly no parties around the world. My music is not for listening at home, and it’s made to be danced to with others.
Who is your personal favourite DJ, and how have they influenced your own style?
I think my story is very different from many other DJs. I wanted to tell the story for many years, but I never had the time for it. When corona hit, I finally had the opportunity to tell the world how and why Nakadia happened. I just published my book “Positive Energy” where I tell my whole story. Because I come from an area without any western music, especially no electronic music – I was all on my own when I started. I had nobody to inspire or influence me, no club to go to, and no DJs to listen to. At that time, the internet was still slow, so there weren’t any sets online that I could access. I developed my skills without any influence or help, and it took a very long time! It’s a quite unique thing in this industry, and that is what I believe makes my style stand out. I just followed my own heart and feelings for the music. Until a few years ago, nobody else really played similar to me, and I am very proud of that.
Do you have a message for your fans or anything else you want to add?
If you like my music, I would be grateful and happy if you would follow me online, and hopefully one day we will be able to dance together at a party near you!
You can buy Nakadia’s new release on AnalyticTrail from HERE