Jan 18, 2021

Naizon Readies For Big 2021

Naizon enjoyed a breakthrough 2020 with his weekly radio residency Naiz:On Air and he's keeping the momentum going this year! Our interview details the exciting development and arc of his overall career, recent standout releases, and the bright future ahead!
Hey Yassine, thanks for joining us today! To start off, can you introduce yourself and tell us a bit more about your background in music production and DJing?
My name is Yassine and I'm originally from a small town near Lake Garda in Italy. I'm a DJ / producer and I'm currently working on my new tech house album and keeping busy into 2021 with a whole heap of new projects that are in the pipeline.

How long have you been working on the Naizon project and what have been some of the defining moments for Naizon in your career? 
Music has been in my life ever since I can remember. I developed an interest in DJing when I was 16 years old, that was when I discovered Cubase and started to play around with sounds. I'm also a professional dancer and took piano lessons, so understanding of sounds and music came naturally. I always wondered how it would be to have people dance to my music, and once I tried, I realized that this is what I wanted to do. Making people happy and to see them dance to my set, it's my passion.

2015 was a year when I started to play with my stage name Naizon. I played at Super You & Me in Glasgow and met and got to know some of the strongest and biggest DJs in the world: Laidback Luke, La Fuente, Bingo Players, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Chuckie, Quintino, Sandro Silva, NERVO and many more! It was a very exciting moment for me and helped to create the path for the project moving forward.

What sounds does the Naizon project represent today? Are there any major inspirations and influences on that sound?
I always try to be creative in making music and come up with new sounds and ideas without copying the works of others to create something that in the end is unique. It’s not an easy thing though. While making music gets easier and easier as technology gets better, making original content gets hard, so I try to restrict myself in some ways to make sure that I’m doing something ‘original.’

I try to gather the sound ideas around from other artists, movies or nature. I also draw inspirations from watching tutorial videos on the web and looking for particular sounds in old music. Because a lot of modern house music styles are often based on what was last month’s hit records, I find looking back further or into different arenas for inspiration can create more original ideas that stand outside the normal cookie cutter productions.
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On the production front, can you pick two of your releases and tell us more about what makes each special to you? 
Sure! “My House” – I wanted to create a song using an old vocal. I immediately thought of the first house tune released in Chicago. After doing a little research I came to the conclusion that this vocal was very powerful and sends a very specific message that resonated with me and I know millions of house music lovers that feel the same vibe.

“Pause” – A hard-edged melody forged with groovy riffs and pulsating basslines, fun to listen to. I try to push the envelope with FX, modulation and manipulation of sounds that are flying around in between the usual kick and bassline, so when you hear a Naizon record, you’ll nearly always hear a wild arsenal of FX and things going on behind the front layers. This is important to me and I think is one of the fundamentals of the ‘Naizon’ sound.

You are now broadcasting a series of weekly Naiz:On Air mixes. How do you approach creating each mix?
I try to give the best in quality and sound! I like to arrange the tracks by tonality, creating a vein that does not bore the listener, and trying to mix tech house music with heavy accents and some bass house tracks that sound more tech house and not too electro. The search for these tracks is very long and I spend hours and hours on Beatport starting from the Top 100 or sometimes into the deeper pools of music that is out there, then on Instagram watching the releases of the moment is also a great way to keep up to date with what’s coming up.
At the time of writing we’re currently going out to 17 global radio stations every single week in the USA, Italy, Israel, Germany, Chile, France, Poland, UAE, Belgium, Portugal, Netherlands, Greece and we’re expanding every month, so we’re excited about the direction that the show is heading into the coming year.
Who are some must play artists in your sets, and why?
BISCITS, Black V Neck and Dom Dolla are my three favorite producers of 2020! They use very unique sounds and I love the way they work their tracks – very, very, very unique and powerful!

2020 was a difficult year for everyone. Outside of what we discussed, what were some of your other highlights? 
2020 was a hard year for most of us, but I made the most of it. I bought my first house, grew my brand significantly and created a radio show featuring great DJs every week. I have been very productive this year! So many good releases, a collaboration with one of the biggest producers from Brazil and releases (coming soon) on top record labels! It's still all top secret for now though.
I definitely grew and learned a lot. My radio show airs worldwide and the next six months the roster is already booked out with weekly guests. With the help of my PR team MCPR, the show grows bigger and bigger each week.

What are the three goals that you hope to achieve this year? 
I look forward to 2021 as it will be a big year for me with loads of exciting collaborations and releases. Some goals though the year or two ahead though: A top 10 Beatport record, a finish in the 1001Tracklists Top 101 Producers rankings, and a European tour with my next album! 

Hopefully we all party soon in one harmony! ❤️ Thanks for having me.
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