Olivian Nour // Tzinah Podcast // Interview // January 2014 //

Olivian_Nour_TzinahOlivian Nour is a record producer and DJ from Bucharest, Romania. Raised in a musical family, music naturally became an interesting part of Oliís life from an early age. By the end of 2008 Olivian built a small studio to produce his own sounds. This brought him to his first release on Zoo:Tehnique Records. After that he had releases on Tzinah Records, Escapism Music and many more.

2013 was the most prolific year for Olivian, He brouth in audience attention a whole gang of romanian minimal and microhouse producers through his own record label, Olivian gave birth to Melotherapy for the freedom of expressing feelings, emotions and ideas in his own productions. He also reinvented his career and musical vision with the project Cazer released already to several record labels.

Tzinah Records: So how did all begin for you?
Olivian Nour: Yes … it’s a long story but I’ll make it short, back in ’98 my father started a “discotheque” and he need a dj and this is me now.

Tzinah Records: Where did your name came from?
Olivian Nour: From my real name Nour Cezar Olivian, also my new project “Cazer” its from Cezar ☺

Tzinah Records: What role does the artist have in society in your opinion? Why do you do what you do?
Olivian Nour: For me the artist it’s a trendsetter factor. I do not know, I think there is something in my blood.

Tzinah Records: Why did you chose to play this music?
Olivian Nour: I’m lovin it!

Tzinah Records: Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Olivian Nour: For me it’s a different story about inspiration, I can’t find it in things or in happenings. My inspiration its coming from another music, for example I listen a lot of Jazz!

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?
Olivian Nour: Pfff .. I have set a standard for the way I’m browsing tracks and its easy for me. I play what I like, what its sounds good for me!

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, what do you think about Romanian artists?
Olivian Nour: Here in Romania it’s the coolest place to be right now. New talents, yes … France has a lot of new talents like Ali Moghrani and Leenn’y, I love them ☺))) also Romania has new and old talents and I am very proud to be romanian.

Tzinah Records: If you could pick one place you would like to play where would it be and why?
Olivian Nour: I choose Robert-Johnson because I like the small places with a quality crowd.

Tzinah Records: If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry what would it be?
Olivian Nour: I don’t use to dream with my eyes open, I like it how it is! Maybe I can minimize the Digital environment and I would invest more in physical supports.

Tzinah Records: Out of all tunes you have made, which one you think ‘never fails’?
Olivian Nour: I think “Binevenit”

Tzinah Records: How do you see yourself changed over the years, both personal and music-wise and what did you learn?
Olivian Nour: I learned that if you want to become The artist you don’t have to copy other artists but to learn from them and create your own style, your own sound.

Tzinah Records: What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
Olivian Nour: I feel comfortable in laziness but what keeps me alive is me wife.

Tzinah Records: What else do you do besides playing music?
Olivian Nour: I’m working in events management, I sell equipments and services and sound engineer for live bands.

Tzinah Records: What makes you angry?
Olivian Nour: My wife! ☺

Tzinah Records: What is your favorite food?
Olivian Nour: Noodles with beef, I’m lovin it

Tzinah Records: What computer/gear do you use?
Olivian Nour: I have a MacBook Pro, a desktop some midi controllers, Mikey Digital from Blue Microphones for my iPhone, Resolv A5 monitors from Samson and a lot of synths software.

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?

Olivian Nour: I’ts easy to make a track but to make music its not. It’s the time for new stuff coming up, software, synths, it all depends on the work you do and how its sounds.

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?
Olivian Nour: I think peoples are saturated of this commercial shit and so many common things.

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?
Olivian Nour: I like to play vinyls but it’s something different for me with Digi, I play with timecodes and my ipad for two remix decks. I like to “live”

Tzinah Records: What are you working on at the moment? Any present and future projects that you want to share with us?
Olivian Nour: I have a only vinyl release coming up on Laboratory Records, 3 tracks, a remix for Yaroslav Lenzyak and another track for a V.A. on my label.

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