Robert Nickson interview
Things have really taken off for you recently. This year alone has seen many achievements for you. We will talk about your LIVE set at Luminosity in a moment, but first I would like to congratulate you on your recent announcement that you will be playing at, Dreamstate SoCal, later this year in November.
You must be very excited for this?
No really, I’m very excited. I love California and Dreamstate is obviously a major bucket list event to perform at. Cannot wait!
You have played in the U.K. a couple of times over the last few weeks. How was your night at Rong when Solarstone brought Pure Trance back to Manchester?
I loved it, it was proper underground. The dj booth was small and overcrowded, the room was packed with a great crowd and every one played phenomenal sets. I love these kind of events.
Living up the road from Luminosity is rather handy! How did it feel playing your LIVE set there?
Luminosity is such a special event. It’s a bucket list event to play there, let alone being able to a LIVE show. I did a live show with Re:Locate last year, but this was my first solo show. It’s so much more interesting to play a live show like this, it’s far more intense and requires 100% focus 100% of the time. I did get quite nervous before the show as there so much more that can go wrong and I brought a USB stick just in case.
It must have taken a lot of preparation for that set? I must say, it was pretty awesome you getting your guitar out. What other instruments would you like to play along with your set?
It took months to prepare for it. It takes a lot of time to prepare the tracks and practice playing them. When I produce the tracks I play the melodies, but not at speed and hitting a wrong note or getting the timing wrong is not an issue, but live it needs to be much more accurate obviously.
As for the guitar, I wanted to bring it last year too, but Re:Locate and I decided to keep it simple as it was our first live show. Even this year it was a last minute decision. I got to the point in the track where I had 10 seconds to decide, do I continue playing on the keyboard or should I grab the guitar. It work out well in the end and I’m glad I did.
I’m not sure about other instruments, I can’t play anything else. I have thought about adding some drum pads, something I’ve seen Pure NRG has been doing lately too, but we’ll see. The instrument has got to make sense with the track I’m playing.
What is your most used VST?
Probably Spire, followed by Sylenth1.
You have had a lot of support on your new track, Euphorica, for example, Driftmoon played it at Luminosity, and Armin played it on A State Of Trance. It reached number 2 in the Trance top 100 chart on Beatport.
It’s rewarding yet frustrating to reach number 2. This is my 3rd of 4th track that got stuck on number 2 now. You’ve got to be somewhat lucky with what other tracks are out at the same time. At the end of the day #2 is still great though.
I tend to always underestimate my tracks, but the support from fans and other DJs this year has been amazing.
How does that make you feel? Earlier this year you played Back2Back with Factor B at Aly & Fila Open to close, Panama Amsterdam. Are there any other artists that you would like to team up with?
I’m honestly not a huge fan of b2b DJ sets, unless you’re playing an extended set. That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed the ones I have played, but I feel that if you’re going to do something like that, you need longer than an hour to play more than your biggest 5 tracks each. I did play a b2b set with Re:Locate in June, which was nice as we’ve made so many tracks together.
I'm really looking forward to your new release due out soon with Factor B. I love the vocal samples and the sweeps. Can you tell us a bit more about the production and how this came about?
I’ve known Brendan for years. The first time I was in Melbourne he showed me around the city and we’ve been friends ever since. We talked about doing a track for a while (we even tried something before around 2008). After the FSOE Amsterdam b2b event was announced, we spoke about it again as it was the perfect opportunity. He moved to Amsterdam about a week and a half before the event and so we met up in my studio.
You have worked with vocalists Cat Martin and Justine Suissa before. If you could work with any vocalist, who would it be?
I forgot her name but I’ve always loved vocalist from Andain, she has an amazing voice. I’d also love to work with Carol Lee again.
You have had lots of tracks released lately. Are there any plans to make a new album in the near future?
This is something I’m working on at the moment! I hope to finish it by the end of the year but we’ll see. I will also use the cliche ‘it will be different from the last album’ line. Before that though there’s Pure Trance 6 which I’m just finishing up now.
September is set to be a busy month for you. Quest 4 Trance, Captured Festival, ITF closing party and Grotesque are a few of your planned nights. Do you have any other events on your schedule?
I’m playing at the Luminosity 10 years weekender. I feel quite honoured to play that as from what I understand they have booked some of their favourite artists from the past 10 years.
I’m also playing at Pure Trance during ADE which I’m really excited about as I’ll be performing my LIVE set again. There are a few other events that we are working on or haven’t been announced yet, so sadly I can’t really get into those.
Finally, is there anything that you would like to tell your fans?
Yes, a big big thanks for all the support. I’m always amazed at how enthusiastic and full of energy you are when I meet you at shows. It’s very inspiring!