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Nostalgix gives us the lowdown on “My Type” and his EDC Las Vegas sets

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Rising bass house phenom Nostalgix dives into her sets at EDC Las Vegas, the creation of “My Type” and how she adapted to touring.

An artist who has really established himself on the bass house scene in recent years is Nostalgia. Make a splash on stage right from the start with releases on night bass and Confession, this Canadian artist blossomed even more when she moved to Los Angeles a little less than a year ago. Since then, Nostalgix has released a flurry of stunners such as the Black Mirror PE on Deadbeatsthe bust” with JEWELand “Friends” with AMY MIYUwhile becoming a force to be reckoned with behind the decks at festivals like Hardness.

This year has seen Nostalgix continue to flourish by joining Chami and AC Slater on the Confession vs. Night Bass Tour and delivered three singles in May alone – “Phantom” with dr. Costsevil man,” and “my type.” Three was also the magic number for her at EDC Las Vegas, as she not only played her heart at the stereoBLOOM and Corona Electric Beach steps but also open kineticFIELD Sunday with a crazy b2b with Wednesday.

Between her three performances at EDC Las Vegas, we caught up with Nostalgix for the first time since 2020 to discuss everything from how she crafts her sets to how “my typecame to life. Check out her stereoBLOOM set on SoundCloud, read on for the whole conversation, and be sure to catch her when she’s playing near you if you’re looking for an energetic experience!

Stream Nostalgix live at EDC Las Vegas 2022 on SoundCloud:

Hello Nostalgix, thank you for taking the time to chat with us today. What has been your experience at EDC Las Vegas so far this year?

Honestly, it’s been really magical because seven months ago I was playing my first EDC on an art car. And this year I’m back on stage at kineticFIELD, stereoBLOOM and Corona Electric Beach.

That’s a lot of sets.

There are a lot of sets, and each set has been really special in its own way. So I’m really grateful to be here.

So, speaking of the three sets, one of them was with Wenzday, and the other two are solo sets. How do you get yourself in the right frame of mind and know what songs you’ll be playing during each one?

It just took a lot of planning because I did so many mash-ups and was trying to finish a lot of new music to tease. Because every set, I wanted to play my own songs and keep them different because I want to make sure that every set that people come to gives a little different vibe, but that’s going to be me.

When some artists come back to back, they try to plan certain things, but some artists just have synergy. For the set with Wenzday, did you talk before? What was this process like?

We are actually friends too. So I feel like we mesh naturally. We work well together and our styles complement each other well. Because of course the music she makes and the music I make, when you mix them together, it’s really fun. We did some back-to-backs when we just walked in and just had fun with it and vibed, and they went really well. But for EDC, we wanted to make sure we were doing something special and playing the songs we wanted and doing crazy edits. So we met a few weeks before and did a bit of planning, but we still like to follow the vibe.

Wednesday b2b Nostalgix at EDC Las Vegas 2022
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It’s awesome. It’s arguably the biggest festival since the pandemic. Even last year’s EDC felt smaller than that in terms of attendance. You have also toured and done many other shows. What’s it like to get back into a groove after the dust has settled over the past two years?

It’s just crazy. To put it simply, it’s been crazy because I moved from Vancouver to Los Angeles last summer. The way things have evolved has been amazing. From January to today, I shot non-stop, like every weekend, so I’m not often in Los Angeles. It’s funny, I just moved in, but I barely live there. I love what I do, and I’m really happy to be able to do it.

It’s awesome. How do you keep up with the times as a rising artist? Did you struggle with that?

It’s definitely a learning process. There are just things you don’t know, and naturally you learn and improve. And I feel like when I was getting into it, I was really fired up and wanted to do it all. I’m doing a lot right now, but I’m refusing a lot – as if I only accept the things that fulfill me and make me really happy. I just want to make sure I’m spending my time on the things that make me the happiest. But yeah, I just feel like naturally the more you do something the better you get at it. So I feel like now I’m at a point where it’s just going with the flow, and I feel like I’m getting into my groove.

Have you ever said to yourself, “Oh, I need to decompress, I just need to be in my hotel room and relax”?

Oh my God, I used to be so bad at this. But I learned to give myself time and the practices that keep me sane. Making sure to stay on top of my health, working out and meditating because those are the things that keep me in good spirits. It’s number one.

So moving on to the musical aspect, you just released “My Type”, and it’s a fantastic song. What was the production process like on that one? Where does the concept come from?

“My Type” was one of the first songs I wrote when I moved to Los Angeles. I was playing with the voice, and I got the idea of, “You’re just my type, type. That’s what I like, like. I implemented this idea; I think it was around EDC last year, actually, and I loved it right away. I love the voice and thought it was really fun.

I put a lot of time into the production because I did the song, and I kept coming back to it. It had been ready to run for months, but I wanted it to be exactly what I imagined. So I would just give it some space and time and play it and test it to get it to where it is now.

It’s funny because one day I was sitting in a Starbucks, because sometimes I take my laptop to a coffee shop and work while I’m on tour, and I just had a little idea to record a voice memo. So I just got out of Starbucks, and that’s the first thing you hear when the song plays, and it goes, “I already told you you’re just my type.” And I literally recorded this on my phone, like outside Starbucks, and you can hear these buses going by. I love it because it takes me back to when the song came together.

I think that’s super cool too. But it was like a field recording in a way. So you built the whole song around the vocal idea, which I feel like a lot of the artists I’ve talked to also build their tracks.

I do it both ways. Sometimes a random sample inspires me, or sometimes a drop, but lately it’s the singing. I’ll just sit down and start freestyling randomly, and something will come out. Something I’m going through or something I’m feeling, or if I’m just having a good time in life. When I did “My Type” I was just living my best life, you know?

Do you usually let your songs marinate as long as this one? Is this a common theme with you as a producer?

I didn’t used to; I used to want to finish it and move on and do more. But lately I’ve been giving things time and space and I keep coming back to it to make sure I like everything and want to release it. I know perfection doesn’t exist, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and I just want to make sure you know that whatever I post is exactly what I want.

Yes exactly. It’s like 99% perfection.

Exactly. As close as possible. If I listen and nothing sticks out, it’s ready.

This track was released on Night Bass, and you also got a lot of support from Confession. As an up-and-coming artist, how does it feel to receive such immense support from two of the most beloved labels in dance music right now?

It was amazing because when I got into it and was just doing it for fun, I was always going to Night Bass and Confession. These are the labels I downloaded everything from when they were releasing Wax Motif’s “Make It Rain” and all the OG Confession songs; it was at this time that I really started to get into music. I was just a really big fan of those two labels.

So it’s kind of like a full loop moment.

100%. Going on tour with them was the most important thing for me. It was crazy.

This tour was so interesting. I hope there is another.

I hope so too, because I knew it would be drugs. But to actually be there and experience that kind of love and that sense of community was next level. I felt like I was part of something.

Absolutely. And then what’s the biggest piece of advice you’ve ever been given in your career?

It’s a big problem. I feel like I’ve been getting a lot of good advice lately. But I feel like whoever is really sticking with me right now is just not stopping. Don’t stop doing what you love and keep moving forward. No matter what is happening around you, if you have bad days, no matter what, don’t stop.

Finally, apart from the shows, because you have several to come, what other goals do you hope to achieve this year?

Outside of these shows, I’m working behind the scenes right now on the music. I can’t go into details about it, but I’m working on a lot of music that I’ve been working on for a long time. It’s one of the craziest things I’ve done and one of the things I’m so proud of. And when I’m not on tour, I’m still working on it and working in the studio, and it’s just something I can’t wait to finish. Not to spill too much, but lots of beautiful things.

Well, that’s all I have. Thanks a lot. It was great to be able to chat with you.

Thank you for hosting me!

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