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My Music Influences: Nihil Young


Nihil Young aka Less Hate, is a polyhedric artist, producer, remixer and DJ, considered a trendsetter by many and a prominent name in the international underground electronic music scene. He is the founder and curator of acclaimed Italian record labels Frequenza and Frequenza Black (Est 2009), featuring releases from artists such as Kostas Maskalides, Christian Schwarz, Louie Fernandez, Kellerkind, Teenage Mutants, David Herrero, Talal and more, alongside his own productions. He also designs all his own sleeve art for the labels.

Nihil Young boasts a strong discography with releases and remixes gracing labels such as Toolroom, Ultra, KMS, Gem Records, Planet E Communication, Poesie Musik and Kindisch, and collaborations and remixes with / remixes for/from internationally acclaimed artists like John Acquaviva, Kevin Saunderson, Dennis Ferrer, Gary Beck, Stefano Noferini, Etienne De Crecy, and Dr. Motte, to name a few.

Nihil’s productions have won the support and recognition by some of the worlds key electronic music panorama including Stephan Bodzin, Mark Knight, Sasha, Hot Since 82, Umek, Black Coffee and many others. Nihil Young’s recent single “Align” on Mike Mago’s Bmkltsch Rcrds, just surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify and his latest productions are regularly released on labels like Toolroom and KMS Records, with his recent Toolroom single Opal climbing the Beatport and Traxsource top 100 charts.

His EP ‘Ascension’ has just dropped on his Frequenza Records featuring the single ‘She’ (check it out above) so we asked him on to speak about his Musical Influences in our regular feature.

1 – Michael Jackson – Heal The World

I cannot lie to you, this song still makes me cry. I could have quoted any happier tune from MJ or the Jackson Five, but this is the one. The humanity, the lyrics, the harmony, the music, this is beyond music. Any singer, musician, producer should hear, feel and learn. Michael Jackson is my favorite singer of all time. I can speak a bit of English thanks to him and I could say I can harmonise vocals thanks to him too. And Quincy Jones, anything from Quincy, including the Anderson Tapes soundtracks.

2 – Earth Wind & Fire – Fantasy 

Oh my God, these lyrics, this music! There’s real poetry and spirituality, its a one in a billion kind of song that I could listen to many times a day for the rest of my life. There’s so much talent in this band, they are true geniuses.

3 – Run DMC – It’s Like That

“It’s like that, and that’s the way it is”. …And that’s so true!

Transcendental meaning to an instant, timeless hip hop classic that helped shaped music,Rapp, Hip Hop. I could have chosen ‘Peter Piper’ instead, one of the many tunes that made me want to become a dj in the first place and JMJ was my favourite when I was a kid.

4 – Kurtis Blow – The Breaks 

Kurtis Blow, man. Sometimes I wish I could travel back in time and experience this incredible era for a day or a weekend. ‘The Breaks’ is freedom, it’s poetry, it’s the smell of the streets, enthusiasm, music, creativity and colours, wow!

5 – Queen – Innuendo

Anything I could say about this would sound useless. This is pure genius. gold. life. spirit. soul. alchemy. Freddy was one of the big geniuses of the 20th century. What a soul. You can be anything you want to be… Just think about that verse a couple of times a day and you’re golden.

6 – Mike Oldfield – Foreign Affair

This album was magnificent, his music was brilliant, the arrangement was so ahead of its time. Mike’s stuff takes you to places. It definitely inspires me to better myself and create different sounds. Props to Tubular Bells!

7 – The Alan Parsons Project – Mammagamma 

Just listen to that arrangement and that delay, it makes you fly. This is immortal music. Alan’s engineering with Pink Floyd was pure genius. ‘Mammagamma’ always inspired me to try and give more depth to tracks with the help of texture and effects. 

8 – Tears For Fears – Sowing The Seeds Of Love

The brilliant video. The profound lyrics. The incredible musicianship.. I don’t know what else to say apart from this simply my bag.

9 – Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls

There’s something infectious about this song, I don’t know what it is. Neil Tennant’s voice, the arrangement, the super cheesy keys and trumpets. Whatever, this was gold back then and it still is now. I grew up listening to them, among others and love them very much!

10 – Daft Punk – Around The World

I don’t know what kind of magic these guy made. I was just a child and I got hooked and hypnotised, maybe it was that freakish videoclip. But damnit they did it. I don’t care what anyone else says. I love Daft Punk, I love them, even their ugliest bit.

11 – Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

Oh man, aliens? Humans? What are they?.. Geniuses, that’s for sure! I’m loving the original and Afrikaa Bambataa’s ‘Planet Rock’ rendition too. 

12 – Herbie Hancock – Rockit 

Cutting, scratching and synthesisers. The future in a tune, it was all there! Herbie Hancok is an incredible artist and a timeless genius. 

13 – Cybotron – Clear / Alleys Of Your Mind

I’ll just say both of them because I can’t pick my favourite. Something happened then and there and it was infinite. it was the future. it was transcendental. These guys knew stuff, I can tell.

14 – Non Phixion – The CIA Is Trying To Kill Me

I’m a big conspiracy guy. When this stuff came out I couldn’t believe it. it was like I asked the universe for it and it came. There’s excellent beats and incredible rhymes right there. 

15 – Moby – Natural Blues

I come from a hip hop background and most of it was sample based. I love the sample based music by Moby from back in the day. And the same applies to Fatboy Slim’s productions. They both taught me the endless possibilities of sampling and combining samples. This is a beautiful classic!

Check out Nihil Young/Less Hate’s latest single ‘She’ below.