Q&A Scene: Nadisko

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

We were thinking of creating something dreamy, as we have made straight house and techno previously and wanted to explore a softer side of what we could produce creatively. It’s a dreamy summer tune that was made in our studio in Sydney. We are working on a live element of our show which is a main focus at the moment!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

I would say our new single is a hash brownie, sweet, moreish and will send you to a happy place haha!

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

Of our more recent songs, ‘The Ludovico Technic’, ‘Selfish’ and ‘Variable’ are songs that have had the most impact on us in our previous incarnation. I guess they are a good mix of electronic club vibe with feeling behind them. 

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

We were playing a club in Brisbane at about 1.30am and the set was going pretty well, it was packed and the crowd was responsive. I mixed a new song in and looked up to see half the floor clear. I didn’t think the song was that bad. We asked the owner what the deal was and Usher had walked in and his cronies did a lineup of women to pick to ‘Go and hang out with Usher’ in the VIP area. Usher stole half of our crowd.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Our ideal environment for producing songs is a couple of days on the coast or in the Blue Mountains with no phones and locking ourselves away to really connect with the music and our surroundings. So I guess our environment is directly connected to what we come up with. 

Which song do you wish you wrote?

For Blake it would be ‘Tontario – Passing’ and Alex it would be ‘Jon Hopkins – Feel First Life’.

What’s next for you?

We are working on our live show, with various singers for original songs and an EP! Watch this space!

What’s your scene?

Previously it has been techno and electro, but now as we are redefining ourselves we are exploring more traditional electronica.

About Nadisko

Nadisko formed during the Myspace glory days of mid-2008; an era when MGMT’s debut album was being blasted all over the radio and ultimate-cringe head-to-toe flouro attire was widespread.  They quickly cemented themselves as premier resident DJs in Sydney, and from there they gained airplay on BBC Radio One for their debut EP, they supported Steve AokiTigaUffie and heaps more massive names, remixed Peking Duk’s first EP, and played shows all across Australia, Europe and Mexico.  It’s been a wild ride, and the guys are super excited to be back with their new single Take Me Away, as Wood enthuses,“After a four year hiatus, we have developed a more mature sound, using the knowledge that one gains after 50 releases and a love of dance music.  We are super keen to release new music and share it with everyone!”

Evocative of electronic dance auteurs RÜFÜS DU SOL and Crooked ColoursTake Me Away is the much-needed antidote to a chilly Australian winter.  Hypnotic percussion percolates underneath wistful, beautiful vocals, and it’s a masterclass in electronic dance production and arrangement.  Offering a little insight into the inspiration behind the track, Hopkins says, Take Me Away is an intimate, summery, poolside tune with a hypnotic guitar riff and dreamy soulful vocals.  It is a new direction of what we are vibing musically, and in that, something we have only recently tapped into.  It was inspired by equality and relationships.  With the world being so busy and with so much division, we often struggle and forget to spend time with those closest to us.  It was inspired by a very tough time for us in our lives and was used as a form of escapism.  It comes back to the idea of a ‘perfect’ dream or idealism of what relationships should be like.  It brought us back to the things that are important to us in life.”

Nadisko are a part of the Hot Sunday Records label family, run by Australian DJ and producer Color Castle (Christian Pilot), joining the roster alongside Sidney CharlesMiguel CampbellDennis Quin and more.  Hand in hand with their label, Nadisko are ready to celebrate their return with Take Me Away. Wood describes how the pair’s relationship has developed over the years and how honing and interchanging their skills has resulted in Take Me Away, saying, We both work in media and have a penchant for everything television and movies.  We first met socially and uncovered a joint passion for music.  Alex had been making music since he was 12, from this, I took care of the live element and Alex was mostly production, with these roles changing often over the years.  Between this and music, I guess you could say we have a very proactive work ethic after years of relying on each other through various hurdles!”

Nadisko is Alex Hopkins and Blake Wood. 

Take Me Away is set for release on August 9, 2019

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