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Tuesday 30th, July 2002
Nick K

Dutch Producer/DJ Nick K is definitely one to watch in the near future. Nick started deejaying professionally in 1996 at the most trendy club in Rotterdam at that time, de Danssalon. After having a residency of 2 years and playing at several parties, Nick was invited to play at Club Nighttown in Rotterdam. Firstly playing at Michel de Hey’s widely respected "Future..." Fridaynights and then becoming a resident on Saturdays. After having played a lot around the country, he started concentrating on making his own music. Nick K is best known for his productions together with producer Sharam Jey, founder of King Kong Records in Germany. The duo produced amazing tunes like Sharam Jey & Nick K's "Shaka" on Airtight, the Hooj Choons sublabel. They also made "Don't Lie" which was the 96th release on Hooj Choons. This track appeared on Dark Drums 2 from Steve Lawler.



Name: Nick Kazemian

Aliases: Nick K. - Soulsick - Okazeon - Fernick ...

Age: 27

Website: www.Nick-k.com

Nationality: Persian / Dutch

Favorite DJ: Laurent Garnier/Deep Dish

Favorite Producer: 16B / Sharam Jey (among so many others!)

Favorite Tune: My mobile ringtone!

Favorite Label: White label!

Favorite Food: Persian

Favorite Drink: Vodkalime

Favorite Movie: Heat



WHAT MADE YOU WANNA START PRODUCING/DJ'ING? HOW DID IT ALL START, AND WHEN ?

It started back in '95 when I started workin' in a local recordshop. Later an
influential dutch dj asked me to play at his residency where I met

Ferry Corsten and started producing some tracks together just for fun.



WHICH OTHER PRODUCERS AND ARTISTS INSPIRE YOU ?

Peace Division, Deep Dish, actually anyone who makes good music!</p>
<p>WHAT ARE YOUR MOST PRECIOUS 12"S ?

Alec Empire - Suecide (force inc.023), YELLO - on track 3x12" mixes (yellow
vinyl)



WHAT DO YOU LISTEN TO WHEN RELAXING AT HOME ?

Jan Hammer… y'know from miami vice etc. don't ask why!</p>
<p>WHAT IS THE MOST POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE SIDE OF BEING AN FULLTIME
PRODUCER/DJ ?


Positive: doing what you love while there's no one that tells you what to do!
Negative: groupies!!



HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE NICK K SOUND ?

Sexy, rhythmic, percussive tech house.



WHICH PRODUCER WOULD YOU LOVE TO COLLABORATE WITH, AND WHY ?

DR. DRE! Just to make some weird tracks. ' techhopraphouse ' would describe it!



HOW DO YOU SEE TODAYS MUSIC EVOLVE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS ? MORE OR LESS
PROGRESSIVE, MELODIC, TECHY, TRIBAL ETC ?


I think all styles above will come together , obviously there will be more
possible when one is not sticking to a single style.



WHAT TRACK WOULD YOU LOVE TO REMIX, AND WHY ?

Lenny Kravitz's "I belong to you" , it's full of strong rhythms and blips and
sounds and the vocals are so dramatic! those elements would make a hell of a
house track!



DO YOU RECEIVE REMIX-REQUESTS OFTEN ? WHAT'S THE STRANGEST ONE SO FAR ?

The strangest one was a remix for a dutch girlband which was terrible,
eventually never released (thank god!) the band got dumped by rec. company
before the single hit the stores!



WHEN REMIXING AND PRODUCING, HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NORMALLY SPEND ? HOW DO YOU
GET STARTED, INSPIRATIONS ETC ?


when remixing I start by listening to the song/track for a while, then decide
which elements are appealing, then start to experimenting with parts and so on.
I usually like to make totally different tracks than original ones but with the
same parts. As for original tracks I start by looking for suitable samples which
could take days and then arranging the body of a song, but usually I don't have
no idea what I'm doing!!



WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE YEAR ? ANY FORTHCOMING PRODUCTIONS / REMIXES WE
SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR ?


Releases in near future: Sharam Jey & Nick K. - Don't Lie…Again (HOOJ CHOONS) in
JULY2002 --- Nick K. pres. Okazeon - Coming Home (Camouflage Canada) in
September 2002. Sharam Jey & Nick K. - Shaka (Nick K's Soulsick Remix) AIRTIGHT
Recordings. No date confirmed



YOUR "FLUCTUATION" TRACK WAS REMIXED BY TSUNAMI BOY FERRY CORSTEN. WHAT WAS
IT LIKE WORKING WITH THIS ALREADY LEGEND IN THE TRANCE SCENE ?

I've known ferry for years, and we'd released 2 records already before"
fluctuation". At the time we were working on fluctuation, ferry's 'out of the
blue ' hit the charts. He's probably one of the most down to earth people in the
scene and an unbelievably talented producer and it was a great privilege and
most of all great fun working with him.



YOUR LATEST OFFERING "DON'T' LIE AGAIN" IS A CO-OP WITH SHARAM JAY. HOW DID
THIS GO DOWN, HOW DID YOU MEET HIM ?

I met sharam in mallorca spain on a gig, he came to me when I played one of
his records and Since then we've been really good friends and have worked on a
couple of projects like some 16c+ records and haktan o'nal who is a mutual
friend and off course s.jey &nick k. tracks for Hooj and Airtight.



WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER, OR THIS FALL? ATTENDING ANY
BIG PARTIES ? PERHAPS A RESIDENCY ? MORE QUALITY TIME IN THE STUDIO ?


I'll be in ibiza for the month september, attending some nights @ El divino and
some local small parties and eventually resting a bit! Before that i'll be
playing A BACK TO BACK! set with Lucien Foort @ fast forward street parade in
Rotterdam which is the biggest dance event of the year in Netherlands. The rest
of the time you'll find me in my brand new Mutant studio @ home!



WHAT'S HOT IN YOUR BOX AT THE MOMENT (TOP 5/10 TRACKS) ?

01. Arian 911 - Got To Believe (A Sharam Jey production, will be doing a remix
on this one later this year)

02. Haktan O'Nal - Subfreakie (Timo Maas Remix) (Four:Twenty)

03. Sharam Jey & Nick K. - Shaka (Nick K's Soulsick Remix) (CD-R)

04. Fierce Rulin Diva - You Gotta Believe (Superchumbo Remix) (React)

05. Marcello Castelli - Los Tambores (Low Pressings)

06. Velvet Media - Stomp (Lovelife)

07. Different Gear - A Little Bit Paranoid (City Rockers)

08. Mr. C & Tom Paris - Siren (Sexonwax)

09. DJ On - Super Sexy Girl (B-House Rec)

10. Lemon 8 - New York New York (Bedrock)



ANY FINAL WORDS FOR YOUR FANS AT WWW.TRANCE.NU
?


Thanx! Hope to see u soon . keep on rockin' the dancefloors!

 </p>
<p>DISCOGRAPHY:



Fernick - What Would U Like (EDM)

Fernick - Haus (EDM)

Nick K.- Fluctuation (Tsunami)

Nick K.- Mardi Gras (Tsunami)

Sharam Jey & Nick K.- Don’t Lie (Hooj Choons)

Sharam Jey & Nick K.- Shaka (Airtight)

Sharam Jey & Nick K.- Deeper (Airtight)

Nick K. vs. Kid vicious - Pants Down Spanking (Tsunami)

Okazeon - Coming Home / Raw (Hologram)

Sharam Jey & Nick K. - Don’t Lie...Again (Hooj Choons)

Nick K. Pres. - Comin' home (Mr G. / Tony Thomas Remixes) (Camouflage Canada)



REMIXOGRAPHY:



Groovepark - Falling In Love (Warner USA)

16C+ - S.T Fuck Up (Sonic City GE)

Tonuri - People R People (United NL)

Sharam Jey & Nick K - Shaka (Airtight)

Haktan O'Nal - Bedford Street (Four:Twenty)



Trance.Nu would like to thank JM at
<a href="http://www.recordcompany.nl/progressive">
www.recordcompany.nl/progressive</a> for setting up this interview, and of
course a big thank you to Nick himself

for the taking the time to speak with us. Best of luck to both of you guys in
the future!


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LikWit

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