It’s been a little over a year since Nostalgix moved to Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t know that if you flipped through its accolades.
The rising house music producer and rapper has embarked on an extensive North American tour. She released a dizzying string of singles and remixes on House Call Records, Night Bass, Thrive and more revered dance labels. And last month, Nostalgix returned to its homeland of British Columbia to cross another iconic music festival off its to-do list.
EDM.com met the Vancouver native after her explosive debut at one of Canada’s most beloved electronic music festivals, Shambhala.
EDM.com: How is it to play your first Shambala coming from Vancouver, knowing the cultural relevance of this festival but having never been there?
Nostalgia: I just have to say it was really good. I feel really fulfilled and my soul feels really happy. It was just one of those sets that clicked and felt right. It was really a good time.
EDM.com: You really made them travel. How have you seen the importance and success of being your own singer in your own songs and how has this progressed in recent years?
Nostalgia: Honestly, I started singing along to my songs because I was 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 two years it has become a staple of 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 outside of the beat that I produce.
EDM.com: Are there any artists you lend voices to?
Nostalgia: At the moment, I keep my voice mainly for my own productions. I’m taking the time to really focus on the Nostalgix sound and the next wave of what it’s gonna be. So I’m mainly working on my own voice and my own productions at the moment. There are 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. You have now been all over the United States and Canada. Where else have you played?
Nostalgia: I’ve toured North America, so mostly the US and Canada.
EDM.com: What is your favorite place to play in the United States then? Give us your top three.
Nostalgia: I have to say number one was EDC because I had to play three sets and it was the craziest time of my life. I’ve played Mainstage, 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 coolest places in the world. I totally saw myself living there but the energy was really crazy. I played there on the Confession Versus Night Bass Tour. It was really a big family atmosphere and I felt like I was part of something.
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And number three is one that people wouldn’t expect. But I did a show on 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 on such a good vibe that we were “one”, having the best time ever. For me, everything clicked that night and it was really good. Oh and Shambala (laughs).
EDM.com: As you travel, you listen to new music, you update your sets. What do you think is going on right now, even if you’re not playing it? What genre are you paying attention to right now?
Nostalgia: At the moment, I vibrate with techno. Like you might hear a drop or two in a Nostalgix set but to me I think that’s very cool. It has a cool style and aesthetic. I’ve been on this vibe recently. Personally, I wouldn’t do techno, I just like the vibe.
EDM.com: When can we expect Nostalgix in Europe so you can experience real techno? Amsterdam, London, Berlin, they are essential.
Nostalgia: That’s definitely one of my big goals, is to tour Europe. It will happen… I actually played ADE in 2018. Before I got an agent or a manager, I kind of acted as an agent and manager and sent fake emails for those roles , and I went there and was going to play the show. It was with Fraudulent Records and Morris Sir Blanc, so they were doing like a bass takeover.
So I thought that if I went to an ADE concert, I wanted to tour Europe. I filled in the tracks and reached out to all these clubs and booked myself a tour with about five shows. I did this show in the middle of a cave in Habblestat, Germany. Craziest thing I’ve ever seen. I want to do this again.
EDM.com: As soon as you cross the pond, it’s a whole other level. Especially ADE specifically. Well done AD!
Nostalgia: Well done to all the Europeans there! I think it’s just such a different energy there with the people, the culture, the food is amazing and all the places to see. It’s a cool thing to see and be a part of. One day we will come back to it.
EDM.com: Would you like to create your own label one day? And who would your top three signatories be if money wasn’t an issue?
Nostalgia: OK. No one has ever asked me these questions. That’s actually one of my long-term goals is to have my own label because I want to be able to bring in other artists and support upcoming talent. It’s cool to be able to create a community and something bigger beyond yourself.
I look at someone like AC Slater and what he did with Night Bass and how much he helped me when I was starting my career. It really makes me want to do it for others. But on whom would I sign? Michael Sparks is fire. AC Slater. Dr Fresh.
EDM.com: What’s next for Nostalgix?
Nostalgia: As for the show, I have a crazy summer tour going on right now. I will be performing at two festivals each week until the end of August. I’m really excited for every performance – they will all be unique and original in their own way.
Music-wise, that’s basically what I’ve been working on all week. I’m working on projects that I can’t really talk about right now. I’ve only been on tour for a year now and really channeled that energy of being on the go, having fun and meeting people. There’s been a lot of fun, upbeat energy around me and you’ll hear it in my records coming out later this year and next year. I’m in this fun era of my life and channeling that into my music.
Listen to Nostalgix’s latest single, “Heat Rush,” below.