It’s been a little over a year since Nostalgix moved to Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t know it if you browsed its reviews.
The fast-rising house music producer and rapper embarked on an extensive North American tour. She released a dizzying array of singles and remixes on House Call Records, Night Bass, Thrive and more revered dance labels. And last month, Nostalgix returned to its home turf in BC to cross another iconic music festival off its roster.
EDM.com caught up with the Vancouver native after her explosive debut at one of Canada’s most beloved electronic music festivals, Shambhala.
EDM.com: How does it feel to play your first Shambala coming from Vancouver, knowing the cultural significance of this festival but never having been here?
nostalgic: I just have to say, it felt really right. I feel really fulfilled and my soul feels really happy. It was just one of those bands that clicked and felt right. It was a really good moment.
EDM.com: You really took them on a journey. How have you seen the importance and success of being your own vocalist on your own songs and how has that progressed in recent years?
nostalgic: Honestly, I started doing vocals on my own songs because I got tired of waiting for people to send me vocals. I’m one of those people who likes to do everything myself anyway, so I decided to give it a shot.
Over the past couple of years, it’s become a staple in my music and my sets. For me, it just adds another layer of performance that I can do and another layer of who I am as a person, aside from the pace that I’m producing.
EDM.com: Are there any artists you lend vocals to?
nostalgic: Right now I’m keeping my vocals mostly to my own productions. I’m taking time to focus on the Nostalgix sound and the next wave of what’s to come. So it’s mostly working on my vocals and productions now. There are some collaborations that I can’t really talk about that are in the works.
EDM.com: The last time we saw you was at FVDED In The Park last year. Now you’ve been all over the US and Canada. Where else have you played?
nostalgic: I’ve been on tour in North America, so mostly just the US and Canada.
EDM.com: Where is your favorite place to play then in the US? Give us your top three.
nostalgic: I would have to say number one was EDC because I got to play three sets and it was the craziest time of my life. I played on the main stage, at stereoBLOOM and Corona Beach. It was just a crazy weekend. \
Number two is New York. I love NY so much—I just think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. I could totally see myself living there, but the energy was really crazy. I played there on the Confession Versus Night Bass Tour. It was a really big family atmosphere and I felt like I was a part of something.
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And number three is one that people wouldn’t expect. But I did a show at the ARMNHMR tour in Fresno, California. The energy that night was something I had never seen before. It really felt like the crowd and I were in such a good vibe that we were “one”, having the best time ever. For me, everything clicked that night and it felt so right. Oh and Shambala (laughs).
EDM.com: So as you travel around, you’re listening to new music, updating your sets. What would you say is showing right now, even if you don’t play it? What genre are you paying attention to right now?
nostalgic: Right now I’m rocking techno. Like you might hear a spot or two in a Nostalgix set, but to me, I think it’s pretty cool. It has a cool style and aesthetic. I’ve been in that vibe lately. I personally wouldn’t do techno – I just like the vibe.
EDM.com: When can we expect Nostalgix in Europe so you can experience a real technique? Amsterdam, London, Berlin – they are a must.
nostalgic: That’s definitely one of my big goals is to tour Europe. It’s going to happen… I actually played at ADE in 2018. Before I had an agent or a manager, I sort of acted as an agent and a manager and I did fake emails for those roles, and I went and I was going to play the show. It was with Fraudulent Records and Morris Sir Blanc, so they were doing like a bass house acquisition.
So I was thinking that if I’m going to an ADE show, I’m going to tour Europe. I filled out the parts and got to all these clubs and booked a tour of about five shows. I did this show in the middle of a cave in Habblestat, Germany. The craziest thing I’ve ever seen. I want to do it again.
EDM.com: Once you get through the pond, it’s a whole new level. Especially ADE specifically. Shouts ADE!
nostalgic: Shout out to all the Europeans out there! I think it’s such a different energy there with the people, the culture, the food is amazing and all the places to see. It’s an interesting thing to see and be a part of. One day we will be there again.
EDM.com: Would you ever start your own record label? And who would be your first three signees if money were no object?
nostalgic: Good. No one has ever asked me these questions. In fact, one of my goals is to have my own record label because I want to be able to educate other artists and support upcoming talent. It’s nice to be able to create a community and something bigger beyond yourself.
I look at someone like AC Slater and what he’s done with Night Bass and how much he helped me when I was just starting my career. It really makes me want to do it for other people. But who would I sign with? Michael Sparks, he is fire. AC Slater. Dr. Fresh.
EDM.com: What’s next for Nostalgix?
nostalgic: On the other hand, I have a crazy summer tour going on right now. I will be performing at two festivals every week until the end of August. I’m very excited about each performance—they’ll all be unique and original in their own way.
In terms of music, that’s basically what I work on all week. I’m working on a few projects that I can’t really talk about right now. I’ve only been touring for a year now and I’ve really channeled that energy of being on the move, having fun and meeting people. There’s been a lot of fun, upbeat energy around me and you’ll hear that on my records coming out by the end of the year and into next year. I’m in this fun era in my life and I’m channeling that into my music.
Listen to Nostalgix’s latest single, “Heat Rush,” below.