A force behind DJ Nika‘s success is the fact that he lives and breathes house music, creating his own distinctive style and versatile mixes. He easily connects with the audience taking them to a higher level. After the release of his major hit “Awakening” on acclaimed imprint Housepital Records, 2017 looks set to follow the success of 2016, so make sure you keep your eyes and ears pealed, as DJ Nika’s breath-taking journey to the top of the EDM ladder has only just begun.
Hi Nika, thanks for taking time to talk to us about the production aspect of your career. Can you tell us about how you got involved in producing?
Nika: I have been producing since I was about 12 years old. I started making Hip Hop back in my hometown of Georgia. In 2006 I moved to NYC and then my style changed, and I started making more Techno/Tech House.
Are you a self-taught producer?
Nika: I’ve managed to teach myself with the help of online tutorials and sound engineers.
How do you develop your music production skills and talents?
Nika: Truthfully I’m still developing! I think I’m close to finding ‘my sound’ and I’ve got a few styles I like. Usually you need about 10 years to fully develop in EDM I think, so I’m nearly there.
Where do you get your inspiration from when producing new music?
Nika: I always try to find something new and different. I listen to old tracks and new tracks and spend the nighttime in front of my computer.
What’s the typical process you go through when working on a new tune?
Nika: Before I do anything, I start finding the perfect bassline and drum pattern. After that, the rest of the music just follows.
Do you have a favorite production technique?
Nika: I work close to a lot of sound engineers, and I enjoy using different programs. Mainly I use FL Studio, Logic and Cubase.
Can you give us some information about your favorite production techniques? Mastering, plugins/samples/synths etc?
Nika: I use a variance of plugins and synths; I don’t think I could choose a favourite. As for mastering, I don’t do it myself. I like to work with professional sound engineers and learn from them for the future.
How long does it usually take you to complete a new track?
Nika: Most tracks I think I finish within a couple of days, but sometimes they can take weeks or months.
Which traits do you think make an excellent producer?
Nika: It’s all about your life, your sounds and feelings. If you create music about your life and your feelings, then it will be great.
Finally, what can we expect in terms of new music from DJ Nika?
Nika: I’ve just signed a new contract with one of the biggest record labels around and I’m looking forward to releasing my next track “First Step.” It’s very exciting.