Interview with Nima Gorji (Welt Recordings/NG Trax/DK/Ibiza)

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The Iranian born and Danish native Nima Gorji is coming to Australia this week. This producer, DJ and label boss of Welt Recordings and NG Trax has 25 years of music under his belt and is now residing in Europe’s Mecca of electronic music – Ibiza. Mr Gorji helped to build up the underground scene in Denmark in the late 90’s and early 2000’s; running nights such as ‘Verydisco’ and being a resident DJ at the famous ‘Rust club’. He has also been a very productive producer, starting off releasing music under the alias Black Powder before moving on and releasing under his own name. With more releases and tours planned ahead of him he is just as integral to the scene as ever before.  

Let’s start with the classic question; what got you into DJing?

When I was a teenager I was into making music with my synthesiser and making beats, and as I turned 18 or 19 an older friend of mine got me into playing records and teach me how to mix. Of course I fell in love with it and I continued since then.

How was the electronic music scene like in Denmark when you started off? And what has changed since then?

It wasn’t before 2000 the scene started taking off for real. The crowd was small and still divided into each of their own specific genre; either house, techno or trance. There was no club scene either, only the odd raves and parties. I started a Wednesday club night which was one of the first with a full concept of combining both decor and lots of cool deep house, and they were some amazing years. The crowd came from all the different scenes and got together in this club, even though we only played deep house which none of them had listened to before. This club, called Verydisco, was one of the starting points of next level clubbing in Copenhagen and with an uneducated crowd hungry to suck in all these new impressions and sounds. The early years of the electronic scene was, seen from my perspective, magic and full of people listening without prejudice – the best years I enjoyed as a DJ in Copenhagen.

What made you decide to eventually move to Ibiza? Was it purely to benefit your music career?

I was kind of done with my home town and after I closed my club I had to move on. I came to Ibiza to relax and take a break from all the years of being involved in the Copenhagen scene, then I decided to move over there shortly after.

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What would you say is the single most important skill to have to run your own music label?

An open mind.

When you are producing, how much of the music is ‘calculated’ and pre-planned and how much is experimentation?

Nothing is ever planned, it’s just experimentation.

What are your top 3 essential music gears in your studio?

Korg Electribe ER-1, Roland SH-1 and Roland MC-303.

Can you pick out one or two of the greatest moments in your 25 year long career as a DJ and producer?

Many great moments, but one of them is always going to be the 1st of May party at Club La Mania in Romania and Fusion festival in front of 8000 people.

Do you have any big plans you can let us in on for the next coming year?

I’ve got some good releases on my own and other different labels, as well as tours and gigs… as usual.

Listen to Nima Gorji’s nice and relaxed set for the podcast series by 118 BPM Rules below:

Nima Gorji will be playing at Subsonic Music Festival Launch Party in Melbourne at Railway Hotel Brunswick this Saturday alongside Martinez and Subsonic Music residents. For more information about the event go to the Facebook event page.

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