The artist discusses his recent single, his minimal production process and what he plans to release next.
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House music producer Noizu first burst onto the scene in 2017 with his breakthrough debut with Lasers. Supported by some of the biggest names in the genre, like FISHER, Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet, he then released the hit single “Summer 91” last year, which topped 50 million streams. He hasn’t stopped since.
Rollacoaster caught up with the producer to discuss his recent single, “Catch My Love”, which he released with UK trio Disciples and singer-songwriter MOYA, his minimal production process and what he plans to go out next.
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How did you first come to music?
I started when I was about 13 years old. My father had recording equipment that he had collected from his work. He put it in my sister’s room and when she wasn’t there I used to play on it. I tried to recreate loads of music that I liked, I didn’t really write anything, but I feel like that’s the best way to learn in the beginning.
What were you inspired by at the time?
At the time, it was on the dance side: 90s house from Ibiza, trance because it was big at the time, then new metal – all these American bands like Linkin Park.
What are your main inspirations now?
It’s weird, because I do house music, but I listen to such a mix of music. In my spare time, I listen to bands like The Clash, then reggae and a lot of bands from the 70s. Then I go to the studio and do house music and it’s like I have to find inspiration because I hadn’t listened to her. But yes, I listen to everything.
I wanted to ask you about the single you recently released with Disciples and MOYA, “Catch My Love”. Can you tell us about the production process and your mindset?
Yeah, so I like old school house music, especially with the vocals, like if I was doing club music, I would do modern tech house or whatever, but when it comes to making songs, I like that it sounds like old school stuff from the 90s, stuff I used to hear when I was younger. I just tried to make it sound as old as possible and then MOYA, the understudy, she has such a great voice and sounds just like one of those singers that are on 90s records. It’s also with Disciples who also come from the UK, we went back and forth on the production but we never met. This was done via Whatsapp. They were sending voice notes about everything they wanted to change, things I needed to do, and their ideas. It was kind of funny, but all the songs I’ve done are like that now that I think about it – except “Summer 91”, which I did in Los Angeles with Annika. Other than that, everything is always on WhatsApp or email, as I’m always on tour and on the go every weekend. I like it though, I’m a bit of a lone wolf when it comes to music.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have a couple more club releases coming out, and then I’m working on another single for RCA right now, some summer records that we can have this summer, and then just a tour.
Can you give us any clues about the single? What can fans expect from the release?
It’s going to have an old school feel. It has influences from Ibiza, but more from 2010, 2011.
Going on tour in Ibiza?
We are looking at a few dates, at the moment we have just confirmed Tomorrowland in Belgium, so it will be fun. Right now there’s just loads of gigs in the US, so we’re just building a tour plan to go back to Europe this summer.
What are your go-to production tools and technologies – I know you have a minimal approach when making music.
Yeah literally, I just have a laptop plugged into a monitor, a pair of ADAM speakers which are pretty good, and that’s it. It’s really minimal (laughs) – I have old school gear, but I never use it.
It’s quite inspiring to know that you don’t need all that to make a hit.
Yeah, that’s just as well because I travel a lot. Before, I had all this equipment, so I went to concerts and I couldn’t work. If I was away for two weeks, I couldn’t do anything. As soon as I got a laptop and focused on using what was on the laptop, it changed everything. You can be on a plane and use it, you’re just freer.
What’s next for you?
Just keep growing, like how we’ve been here with sold out shows and trying to do bigger venues. I have dream places that I would like to do…
What are they?
I would love to do Red Rocks in America. It would be sick. In the UK, I would love to do Brixton Academy. We never tried, but it’s one of the venues I used to go to when I was younger to see bands, so it would be a cool time to come full circle.