Touring the globe and making Electronic music admirers hearts explode, DJ/Producer, NGHTMRE, has built a reputation of being a top-notch musical machine delivering flawlessly sequenced live sets that have stirred massive festival crowds into a frenzy. Moving to LA and making his dreams come true was obviously the right choice to be made, as NGHTMRE has grown to become a staple in the Electronic scene. I caught up with the man to discuss his journey toward becoming a musician, early obstacles that he has overcome, tattoos and more.
Let’s start off with a bang. What do your parents think about your life of constant travel and endless excitement as a musician?
I think that my parents are mainly happy that I am doing what I love to do. I know that for awhile, I don’t think that they really understood although they knew that I loved making music. But, once they came out to a couple festivals and they got to see me play live, they had a better understanding. They just know that I am doing what I love, and they are very happy that I get to do that.
Yeah, totally. I mean, you are living the lifestyle that you truly love. From what I hear, made a huge life choice to pursue your passion a few years back?
Yeah. I graduated and got a finance degree and basically right as I finished doing that, I decided to move to LA to go to a music school and create music. It was definitely a big change, and my parents were definitely pretty nervous about me making this choice because obviously, this is not an easy world to get into. I met the right people and went to a great school.
Fantastic. What a great backstory of succeeding through major risk to share with fellow musicians who are following their dreams. What early obstacles did you encounter and overcome?
I think that the number one thing that people who are doing creative stuff struggle with is the period of time where you start making whatever it is that you’re making and you feel like you get into what you’re creating because you have all of these really good ideas. You want to be able to create what is going on within your head, and it takes a lot of practice, time and years of experimenting with the tools that you have. It took awhile before I even thought that my music sounds as good as I think that it should sound. It can be really disheartening when you are trying to create something that you have the ideas for, yet you cannot fully make it come to life; that’s the struggle of becoming a musician. I’m sure that it is the same for writing, you know. People don’t just sit down and write their first book and it’s going to be the best book of their life. It takes time. It is good to just keep creating, and not worrying about getting your music out there. If you perfect the music, it’ll be easier for it to spread itself because it is just so good.
Yeah, totally. Focusing on the 24 hours that you have ahead of you and over time, you have created a profound catalog before you know it. I can imagine so for being a musician and in particular, a DJ/Producer, as there are really no rules. You can mix and dabble into so many different genres. Is there a specific performance that you recall from when you first began that sticks out as a reflection of when you felt that you have taken your game to the next level?
I definitely think Lollapalooza in 2015 was one of those for me. I think that it was the second festival that I played, ever. I was pretty nervous, and I was playing on a small stage, but it was right next to a really big stage. During that day, there was a bunch of rain and they had to move some schedules around in which I ended up getting a spot on this small stage right in between ASAP Rocky and Bassnectar. The stage capacity was roughly around one thousand, and as soon as I started playing it went from 500 people in the crowd to everyone leaving ASAP Rocky’s crowd and creating a crowd for me that become huge with around seven to eight thousand people! It was the first time that I played for a crowd that was bigger than one thousand people. It was perfect timing, and everything worked out great. I don’t even know how that happened, but it was one of those moments.
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Wow. That is absolutely incredible. What a great memory. Is there any new music or current projects that you are working on that you can fill us in about?!
Yeah, definitely. I am always working on music. Every day that I am not on tour and I am at home, I am pretty much working on music. These days, I have really been focusing on just having fun and creating music that I like rather than trying to figure out what people want to hear from me and stuff. I have tons of music. Right now, I have around six or seven tracks that I am going to put onto an EP. I have a single that is coming out soon and the EP will be released right after that. It’s going to be awesome. There is a track with Dillon Francis and it’s cool because there are some Hip-Hop features as well. It’s my first EP where there is a little bit of everything.
Fantastic. We look forward to checking it out! Do you have any other festival appearances or shows throughout the remainder of the summer?
I am doing my first festival in Europe which is really exciting for me. I am playing at Lollapalooza Paris, Parookaville in Germany, Creamfields in the UK and Area 4 Festival in Croatia. I have done a few shows in Europe, but not that many. I am really excited to go to Europe!
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Awesome! European crowds are rowdy, I can only imagine what you will experience at a festival. Tell us about any tattoos that you have and/or pieces that you desire to get tattooed in the near future.
I do have one tattoo. It is a family tattoo that me and my brother and sister share. It is a design that my sister had created from three different alchemy symbols that represent our childhood relationship between us all. It is tattooed on my inner arm, and it’s pretty cool to have something shared with my family.
Yeah, absolutely. What a representation of lifelong unity. Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
I wouldn’t be able to do what I love for a living without you. I am eternally grateful for everyone that enjoys my music, and even more than that, something that inspires me is inspiring other people to create. There are times at my shows when people tell me that I am the one that inspired them to create music, and that is one of the most fulfilling feelings. I appreciate all of you guys, I love you, and I will never stop making music.
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