Nina Soul // Tzinah Podcast // Interview // August 2013 //

Nina Soul2007 winner as producer of the festival sertamen South American Music Conference (SAMC).
2010 winner of the contest “Ghetto Techno Contest” As a producer, organized and supported by Cocoliche Club. In which the jury was composed of: Diego Ro-k, Diego Cid, Dilo, Jonas Kopp, Udolph, Pfirter, Monkey B and Jorge Ciccioli.
2011 Selected by Unique, Bahrein; 120 Recording. Jury: Franco Cinelli, Carlos Alfonsin, Jorge Ciccioli, Ronan Portela, Luis Nieva.
He is currently conducting new productions for the coming years.

I do not know what is God, but God knows who I am, he is at work inside me, and when I talk about God I’m not talking about religion, only love.

Tzinah Records: So how did all begin for you?

Nina Soul: It all began as a child when I saw my brother and his friends playing with turntables in my home, with one of the best djs of the 1990s in Buenos Aires, resident dj of the club called “Wold Street”. My brother’s friends would gather at that time, I was very young then, 8 / 9 years and they told me their stories, being fascinated by electronic music. It was in this decade that the friend of my brother kept their turntables and vinyl in my home because we had space to keep so many vinyl. This is how I’ve started experimenting with mixtures when they were going to play at the Club.

Tzinah Records:  Where did your name came from?

Nina Soul: Very young when I was 11 years old and I was studying painting techniques with the painter “Gabriel Sainz”, I have a fascination with visual art, but one day my home was burned down, and my fascination for art became a job, because I see the positive side in that, then was selling paintings to buy more materials to do what they both wanted. And my artistic name was born one morning in the winter of 2004 as I watched the movie “Case Thomas Crown”, is about trafficking and is an adventurous businessman who enjoys challenges, in which the protagonist does a strategy to steal the works, when the track “Nina Simone, Sinnerman”  appears i felt Nina Soul had a relationship with God and in the  same week a friend gave me a compilation cd which included the track “Sinnerman” with a remix of Felix Da Housecat creating a bond with my ideas, eventually my first album “Black Ivory” and Felix Da Housecat puts on a compilation disc of Milan as bonus track track, together with great artists like, Model 500, Josh Wink, Dettmann, Klock, Chris Liebing, Alex Bau, Dubfire, Par Grindvik and More. Thanks to Felix,  the motivation goes following under this pseudonym. I’ve noticed that i can do what i want, that one must be very careful with what you imagine, because it becomes reality.

Tzinah Records:  What role does the artist have in society in your opinion? Why do you do what you do?

Nina Soul: Nina Soul has a relationship with God, and the role that meets in the society has several reasons, but mainly speaks of equality between the man and the woman, a single consciousness. Sometimes I think, Why I am doing this?  Because listening is one of the basic secrets to enter into the Temple of God, and I do not know what is God, but God knows who I am, he is at work inside me, and when I talk about God I’m not talking about religion, only love.

Tzinah Records:  Why did you chose to play this music?

Nina Soul: Rhythms dragging our consciousness from heart rate, breathing cycles. I’ve known many styles but I identify myself with this music because it generates a more conscious and deep feeling within the electronic environment.

Tzinah Records: Describe a real-life situation that inspired you.

Nina Soul: The connection with nature and love.

Tzinah Records: What is your point of view on labeling genres? Music is so complex and genres get intermingled so often these days. What is your opinion regarding this blend and you think we should find names for them or just let them be?

Nina Soul: The labeling of gender would be as the language of a person, when you hear talks about a person can descipher the origin of their family culture through its Phonetics. The same is true of the musical genres. Today there are many styles, which I would call it a collage of rhythms, melodies and cultures that create a new genre, the consciousness has expanded thanks to the communication medium called internet. When we hear a track from an artist in particular, the difference is in the concept which is used to create the track.

Tzinah Records: What do you think about the music scene in your country? What is your opinion about European underground music scene, new talents, old producers and also what do you think about Romanian artists?

Nina Soul: The scene in my country is not as large as in Europe, but electronic music is a product that the masses consume here. There are underground clubs and parties with more guys then girls, and there are many dj and few clubs. In my country, they make very good holidays with international artists of great category. The new generation of young people is the most interested in the new electronic genres, and take this product as something innovative, like is fashion. For years I have followed a lot of old producers  as Petre inspirescu, Raresh, Marco Carola, Dana Ruh, Loco Dice, Richie Hawtin, Rhadoo, Paco Osuna, Mirko Loko, Cassy Britton, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Onur Ozer, among others. There is new talent that I want to highlight, and one of them is Oshana, Fernando Costantini, Nu Zau, Sepp, Bella Sarris, Randall M, Jessica Diaz, Jun Akimoto, Arapu, Ivel Tax, Dubsons, Fosky, Guti, Dan Andrei, Phrasis Veteris. Originating in Romania artists are those who inspire me a lot by their way of composing, I learn a lot of new and old artists.

Tzinah Records: If you could pick one place you would like to play where would it be and why?

Nina Soul: If I choose a place where I would play, on one side would be Fabric London, Zoo Ibiza, Panorama Bar, because that are the places where I had a date in 2012 and I could not play because I have not been able to travel. I’d like to play in “Studio Martin Romania” because I love Romania and its artists.

Tzinah Records: Out of all tunes you have made, which one you think ‘never fails’?

Nina Soul: So far, which has never failed is “One” so I created was inspired by the universe.

Tzinah Records: How do you see yourself changed over the years, both personal and music-wise and what did you learn?

Nina Soul: I feel different, with much more awareness that before, in the musical side I’ve grown and I’ve acquired new techniques. Personally, I always try to be a friendly person because while there is respect all is good.

Tzinah Records: What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?

Nina Soul: Love, faith, and the desire to continue learning new techniques.

Tzinah Records: What else do you do besides playing music?

Nina Soul: I make all kind of  art, painting, sport, research, travel.

Tzinah Records: What makes you angry?

Nina Soul: What does not make me angry? It would be the question, haha but what most makes me angry is that some people offend me, lack of respect.

Tzinah Records: What is your favorite food?

Nina Soul: To begin a bite, to take an imported beer, or some juice and main course, fried potatoes with cheddar cheese, bacon and onion, scallion, and for dessert a flan with cream.

Tzinah Records: What computer/gear do you use?

Nina Soul: Ableton live, keyboard midi, recordings of real instruments, basses, guitars, congas, batteries, and trigger use Korg Electrive Red.

Tzinah Records: It sounds quite easy to make music today, with the amount of software programs/synths being readily available for everyone. What do you think about this evolution?

Nina Soul: Thanks to this evolution, people are much more connected that before, everyone can exchange and constantly be in contact through the music.

Tzinah Records: Dark electronic music has been never as “popular” throughout the scene as it has been in the past few years. Why do you think there is this newfound fascination for darker music?

Nina Soul: Particularly the dark music I like because it is much more aware and emotional than others, there are feelings of loss, that is why I am very attracted.

Tzinah Records: Do you have the fondness for playing vinyl or have you developed a preference for new media, such as CDs or a purely digital format?

Nina Soul: I am pleased to play a lot with cds, I have used for a long time the traktor bonded with the program Ableton live, but of course the vinyl, I love it.

Tzinah Records: What are you working on at the moment? Any present and future projects that you want to share with us?

Nina Soul: Yes, I am doing new remixes, for my friends Denizio Valdemar (for the record label Hypertone in vinyl format), and I am doing 2 new albums with remixes unknown.

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