Nandu is the sound of underground melodic techno and house. Straight out of Copenhagen’s blossoming electronic scene. Nandu has always sought to explore the enormous worlds of grooves and melodies combined resulting in a deep and refreshing sound.
Having first been inspired jazz, rock and pop he continues to bring these elements into his electronic output. Not only designing music for the dance floor but also seeking to inspire and tease the imagination. Nandu soundscapes take you from the South American beaches to the cold Nordic winters.
With an upcoming release on Innervision’s highly acclaimed VA, ‘Secret Weapons’ we sat down with Nandu, the Copenhagen based artist as part of our Introducing series.
For those that don’t know there is a thriving music scene in Copenhagen as well as all sorts of creative culture. What was it like growing up in the city, what were your early influences and how did music become such an integral part of your life?
Yes, the scene is booming at the moment, especially in the harder spectrum of electronic music. However, I’m not originally from Copenhagen. I grew up in a small city in the southern part of Denmark. In this part of Denmark, there wasn’t really an electronic scene. However, age 19 when I moved here this difference only made the impact Copenhagen had bigger. At first, it seemed a bit overwhelming, but at the same time hugely inspiring. It wasn’t until I moved here that I knew that you could actually make a living from electronic music.
Unfortunately, Copenhagen is not that big, and even though the scene is thriving, it is not easy to make a living here – you have to go put your music out in the world. But to just see people with ambitions within the electronic music community is one of the main reasons I still do what I do.
Copenhagen is ranked as the world’s greenest city. What is your opinion on the green movement and do you think dance music should play a greater role in the green conversation?
There is only one way for us to move when discussing the future. That is the greenway. When all is said and done, I think “dance music” should be a sanctuary. Humanity is facing one of the biggest challenges in the history of our planet, and if you accept this, dance-music should be your happy place.
You have been hugely successful in the last few year’s breaking through onto the international circuit. Do you think there are enough support mechanisms for upcoming artists? Do you have any advice for people trying to make it?
The challenge within the art of, let’s say Arts, is that there is no recipe. There is no guaranteed success, and in order to achieve success the only way is to work. My advice would be, set some goals for yourself, but also some limits. Be aware of how much you can/are willing to push yourself, and the people around you. On top of that, I would suggest, get a real job on the side so money isn’t the goal.
What has been the most challenging thing to happen in your career to date?
Without a doubt my career. I take so much time in the studio, on social media etc. But if you put the time into it, in the end, the return will be a career.
What are your thoughts on technology in electronic music, social media, production equipment, lighting elements? Do you think we have moved away from what rave culture used to be?
We are far from where it all began. In my eyes that is a good thing. Like with anything else (almost) in this world, we progress and develop. But the core is still (or should be at least) music. The above-mentioned aspects are just tools, the dancefloor (at its best) is still a dancefloor with the music in the middle.
Finally, if you could produce a track with anyone past or present who would it be and why?
Dj Koze, he is so mysterious to me (never met him). And his production holds so many emotions I would like to share a joint and a Juno 108 with him for sure.