Hey Nicky, how has 2022 been for you so far?
It’s been really good to be honest! I was a bit afraid that after covid things wouldn’t pick up but things have never been so good. I’m playing so many bucket list shows which I couldn’t be happier about, so I guess I’ve worrying for nothing haha.

Tell us about your journey into dance music, when did you first fall in love with it?
It was not long after I moved to Amsterdam (which is about 11 years ago) that I fell in love with the techno scene. Not long after I got an internship at De Marktkantine which evolved into a residency. 
I felt like I finally found a place where I fit in and could start discovering who I was and wanted to be. 

And when did you start making it, what sounds and DJs and labels and parties inspired you?
About five/six years ago I slowly started getting introduced to producing music and the last 3 years it has been part of my weekly routine. There are many things that inspired me so I find it quite hard to pinpoint a certain “this is it” moment; But if look back, I was definitely inspired by Innervisions, Âme, Mano Le Tough and just the melodic techno scene of 2015 haha 
And what is your own sound, what makes your music unique?
I guess an interview is not the right place to pass over this experience; I always say talking about music is like dancing about poetry. So I can only tell you what my friends tell me, and that is, that apparently, I make things sparkle. 
What are some of the key bits of music making gear in your current set up?
My main go-to synth is the repro 5 and I use a lot of the Soundtoys plug-ins. I’ve got some great hardware synths and I’m ashamed to say that they haven’t made it into my latest productions. I find using soft synths just so nice for workflow. Using hardware always feels so definite to me, which can be nice but also feels a bit limiting sometimes. 
Where is your best environment as a dj? A small dark club or a huge outdoor festival stage? Late at night for the weirdos or early so you can play slow and eclectic etc etc?
Everything! I guess one of my main characteristics is that I’m a chameleon. I just love the diversity of things. This is represented in my music, choice of clothing, hair colour, the type of music I play, the events I enjoy to play and so on. 

Do you make music that suits certain labels or do you create first and worry about that later?
100% worry about that later. I feel that if I start making things in order to fit in somewhere I’m just limiting my creativity. 

How do you work, do you have an idea in your head you work towards or do you just experiment and jam and see what happens?
Both. Sometimes I wake up with an idea for a melody or vocal, other days I work and I get inspired along the way. 

Tell us about your Anjunadeep EP – what inspired or influenced it, where and when and who was it written for?
Fading was written during covid, when the life we had seemed like a distant memory. The experience of being in a club and even more specific at De Marktkantine, was very special to me and the people around me; I tried capturing that memory in “Fading”. In essence it’s an ode to the nightlife; the feeling of being touched by and connecting with music on a different level. 
Sun is a very personal story about how I started believing in myself. Last year, I started working with a great friend of mine, Ray, who from day one never missed the chance to point out my strengths and had always shown me my full potential. Slowly, while working together, I started to change and see myself for who I truly was. Where before, I always saw myself as unskilled, I started to appreciate my work and eventually love it. If I think back about that time, which is not even that long ago, it’s almost unbelievable how much has changed since then. That made me realise, that only when we truly believe in our capabilities, we can reach heights we’d never thought possible. 
What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career so far?
That extreme self criticism and creative output do not go hand in hand.

Nicky’s “Fading” is out now on Anjunadeep Grab it here