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Nakadia’s unstoppable energy stems back to her childhood in the poor Thai countryside, where she grew up on less than $1 per day. At sunrise, her daily duty was to fetch the family’s water from a nearby lake before making her way to school. Their self-built wood and metal home didn’t have any frills—not even electricity or running water—but Nakadia still lights up with joy when she looks back upon those times. It’s her pure happiness for life itself that she’s maintained until today, half a lifetime later as a world-famous artist touring the globe.

The journey between Nakadia’s early days at the farm and her global success was a long, difficult one. As a teenager, she was filled with the urge to explore. Her hunger to discover the world pushed her to move to the nearby city of Korat, where she lived in a room with six other girls. She learned to survive on her own, working double shifts at multiple factories. Later, she found a job at an internet café, where she taught herself basic English in chatrooms with people all over the world. One of those people was Sebastian, who invited Nakadia for her first trip to Germany in 2002. It was on this trip that she discovered techno music, and knew she’d found her calling right away. “I was born to be a DJ!”

A turbulent journey began. Nakadia devoted herself to finding the perfect sonic fuse. Finally, in 2018, she presented us with some exceptional techno tracks. A first EP was released on Filth on Acid in early 2019, staying in Beatport’s top 10 techno releases for two consecutive weeks. The EP was a statement and just the start of a new chapter of Nakadia’s career. Another EP, signed by Carl Cox for his Intec imprint, was released in June of 2019. In 2020, a total of five EPs on “Kraftek”, “Octopus,” and “Set About” and she couldn’t be more excited to take her productions to a new level for 2021…

Today, she joins the NUDE Techno podcast, with an hour of Techno. Listen to it below on SoundCloud & Mixcloud. If you are feeling this series, then please consider supporting it on Mixcloud Select.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Nakadia style, not too hard but energetic with emotional ending

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
I made a selection of tracks that I find amazing, so its impossible to pick just one. They all have something special of them own.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
I would say my unreleased track “Liquid blue” which I already produced 3 years ago but it will only be released on this September on Codex.
This track makes me proud and I believe this is the best Nakadia track so far. Dancefloors around the world went crazy already when I played it the past years, so I can’t wait for this one to finally be released.

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
In a normal year I would play 10-15 gigs each month, but this year I haven’t played a single gig since nearly 6 months now, so there is not much to say. My last weekend on tour was early March in Ankara, Porto and Naples. Exactly the Sunday of the Naples gig, Italy went into lockdown so the gig did not happen. But lucky enough, the other 2 gigs where absolutely amazing and real highlights, so I will always keep that last weekend on tour in a good memory.

What have you got coming up?
The last weekend of August I hope to finally hit the decks again. That weekend I have 3 bookings in Prague and Hungary and I am hopeful these gigs will really happen. So far this summer all bookings got cancelled last minute. For September I plan to tour Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany, but if only half of the events can happen I would be super happy already. Besides that I will be part of Nicole Moudaber’s project with Beatport reConnect to support Beirut with a live stream on September 13. I am also working on a project for the online ADE this October and for the rest I finally have the time to spend more time to develop my studio skills and write my book.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
We live the age of social media and many artists have great marketing teams behind and invest lots of money to grow massive online. Without social media it seems impossible to be able to be a successful DJ anymore. I always hope that people understand the real value of DJs, which ich not follower numbers on social media but the music. It’s all about the music and the emotions an artist transports with a set. A local DJ or newcomer can be as great as the superstars you see on Instagram or sometimes event better! Follow the music and support those who you like from your heart, not follow the hypes blindly like sheep. Only then our scene will stay healthy and we will be able to have great parties with amazing music in the upcoming years.

TRACKLIST:

Pavel petrov – “Ayahuasca” (Damon Jee Remix)
Mladen Tomic – “Escape”
Superstrobe – “Clone”
Deas – “Race”
Pierfrancesco Grossi – “Cricket night” (10th anniversary remix)
Nakadia – “
Dario Sorano – “Caution” (Alen Milivojevic / Drzneday remix)
Nakadia – “Liquid Blue”
Matt 32 – “Projecto 1”
Ilario Alicante / Kevin de Vries – “Dystopia”
Dave Sinner – “Survival”
Pierre Blanche – “Dimension”
Andrea Signore – “Distress”
Heinrich & Heine / Wall Brown – “Kyano” (Daniel Levak remix)
Robert Babicz – “Herz”

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