DJ Nakadia: Thailands hottest export ever

Nobody would have expected that she will be Thailands hottest export…
1000 events in over 60 countries in many of the most well-known clubs…

We met a couple of hours before Nakadia’s gig at Illuzion Club in Patong and she told us why she is so famous, why Thailand is not able to give birth to local Britney Spears and who is her idol in the world of DJs!

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What is your favorite place to play in Phuket?

From my first party until now Phuket has developed very much. Now my Phuket homebase is Illuzion, an amazing new superclub. Normally I like to play at small clubs because I love the atmosphere, but Illuzion is very special and I enjoy the energy of so many people.

What do you think about closing the parties on Koh Phangan? Only Full moon party left there?

They really closed the parties? That is so sad and I think it is a big mistake. Koh Phangan is famous for its parties and many people come specially for them. I am not happy with the things happening on Koh Phangan. The Fullmoon party is not my scene, I played there a few times in the past but I think the smaller parties are much better and I would not play fullmoon anymore now.

What do you think will we see Thai DJ star on a world scene. Like Armin van Buuren for example?

Armin is a big EDM star. I don’t think Thailand can have a star in the EDM scene because this scene is controlled from Holland and USA. But I am happy to represent Thailand around the world in the Techno scene. I play around the world every weekend and my success is growing month by month. But I am in a different scene and I am happy that people compare me to Sven Väth. Playing around 130 gigs in over 30 countries per year is already not bad I think. This summer I have great Festival- and Ibiza bookings and for summer 2016 many of Europes biggest festivals already booked me. I think this is already more than what is normally possible for a Thai artist.

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How about the Thai Brittney Spears?

I don’t think it will be possible. To have success like the biggest world stars it is not about the music. It is mostly about the people behind the scene that push the artist to the top. Big superstars are made by big managers, and they are in London, Los Angeles and New York, not in Bangkok

Since I am Russian, I’d love to ask about Russian Djs and Russian scene.

Oh, I haven’t played in Russia for a while now. Back in 2006 and 2008 I played in Moscow and St Petersburg and it looks like this year I will finally go back – if we can find a date. Russia has a great clubscene with many amazing clubs. Russia has one big DJ Superstar nice a few years: Nina Kraviz. She is really on the top now and Russia is very proud of her. I met her a few times and she is cool.

What DJ is a kind of Idol for you?

My idol is Sven Väth. The way how he plays his sets really makes people dance nonstop – sometimes 12 hours or more. He takes people where he wants them to be, up or down. Even me! I hurt my leg, I feel pain, but I was not able to stop dancing. He plays high quality tunes and that’s what I also try to do in my sets. He inspires me and he plays the best events around the world. That is my dream and I work hard to reach his level. But hey… Sven Väth is a legend since the first days of Techno, so nobody will ever reach his level. Production wise Martin Buttrich is my idol. He is so talented and produces music of the highest quality.

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And our last question. What do you work on now? What we may expect from DJ Nakadia soon?

I am on tour nonstop and on my free days I try to work in the studio as much as possible. I don’t focus on my album yet but I release one EP after the other. This year I will release 5 EPs on big labels like Get Physical, and other amazing labels that I cant mention yet. The new productions are really amazing. Last week I played in Italy and tried my new tracks and they work amazing.

Interview: Leonid Ustinov
Photos: Yury Golovanov
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