He just smashed it on Dispatch. Now he’s setting a next-level agenda on Commercial Suicide. Nymfo has plenty to be smug about right now…
Mercifully, he’s not the smug type. Rather he’s refreshed, inspired and on a serious mission. We checked in to find out about his latest release and learn what else we expect from Nymfo HQ very soon.
Turns out there’s loads for us music fans to be smug about….
Last month you gave us three massive tracks on Dispatch, this month you’re giving us three massive tracks on Commercial Suicide… WTF is going on? Nymfo overdrive!
“After moving to a new studio and changing 100 per cent to Ableton at the end of last year I wrote a lot of new music. Sometimes it’s good to have some changes in your life, it gave me a lot of new inspiration. So I’m happy some great labels I like releasing all those bits at the moment!”
You’re setting expectations high now… What’s coming next month?
“I’m becoming an uncle for the first time in my life next month, which is great. I’ve also got a remix coming out on October 5 for the Hybrid Minds remix LP. This LP includes remixes by dBridge, Lenzman, DLR and a lot more great musician. I remixed their tune Music Talks, and I’ve also done a remix for a beautiful Pennygiles tune on IM:LTD, which will get a release in October. Besides this I’ve done another collab with Mikal coming out on Metalheadz.”
Back to the release in question. Talk to me about Electrosmog… Any inspirations?
“I was listening to some old Quarantine rollers before writing Electrosmog and really got in to that vibe again. I wanted to do something similar, but with a Nymfo touch. It’s one of those tunes when the vibe is there you finish it in a few days.”
The write up says “people are freaking the fuck out”… Strong (and sweary) words, right there!
“That’s what I like about Klute; he writes great promo texts. The reaction is really good indeed, it even was the Friction Fire tune a few weeks ago on his BBC Radio 1 show. The tune has got a lot of energy I think and a lot of variation, which keeps it interesting.”
Who else has been battering it?
“I heard Goldie was playing it at Tomorrowland, but also people like Hype, Friction, Fabio and Klute are rinsing it. I’m happy to see DJs with different styles of drum and bass are playing the release.”
Now then, tell me about Cymatic Frequencies…. The natural phenomena of cymatics kinda blows your mind, right?
“You’ve done some research there, bravo! I called it like this because there is a vocal in the second breakdown which says ‘cymatic frequencies’ haha. So unfortunately there isn’t a deep weird story behind this tune.”
It would be rude not to shout out Drop The Bass…. Classic roller. Reminds me of Andy C & Shimon’s Nightflight. Any old school inspirations behind this track?
“Wow, I see that as a big compliment! Well, I’m already in this scene for a long time. So sometimes I like to show some respect to the old school and write a tune like back in the days. And with this three track single I thought it was good to show the people some variety.”
I’ve been loving this mix you did for Panda. Obvs the selection is on-point but it’s your mic duties that really stood out. Do you take to the mic like that often?
“Usually when I’m drunk. But for the Panda mix show they needed a shout and it was so hard to do a serious OG shout, so I started some mc’ing in the style I usually do after some drinks. I always like some humor while doing music. Of course I take it serious, but you have to make some jokes as well.”
Seen a few D&B DJs take to the mic recently (TC, The Upbeats, now YOU)… What’s up with this?
“If there isn’t an MC it’s sometimes good to take the mic as a DJ I think. Especially at festivals, the crowd likes a little bit of ‘hyping’ which isn’t always working with just dropping good music. I saw Carl Craig playing and, before he started, his set he took the mic and introduced himself and said that he was looking forward to it. I think that’s a really cool personal thing to do and the crowd appreciates that.”
Speaking of which, who is your favourite MC to work with?
“I’m on my way to Sun And Bass at the moment and Stamina MC & Fava are hosting the night I’m playing. They are always great to have as a host. Besides them I’m a big fan of SP:MC, Lowqui, Fokus and, when I’m playing shows in Holland, my local hero MC Dapper always supports me.”
While we’re on this kind of subject, who are your favourite/most inspiring DJs of all time?
“I’m always a bit fan of Jazzy Jeff. His skills are awesome and he drops great music. It’s a shame you don’t see drum and bass DJs playing long sets anymore. Most of the time they have to drop all the tunes in one hour or maybe an hour and a half. I would love to see DJs playing a 5 hour set for example.”
Okay… We know you’re off on your holidays now. Packing any good books?
“I’m not a massive reader besides reading my fanmail.”