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Novakk who has featured on labels such as Sincopat and Diynamic with his most recent release coming out via Metro Dance Records.

Metro Dance Records is linked to Metro Dance Club in Alicante, and Novakk is a resident DJ playing at many of the venues events. 

We caught up with Novakk to find out more about his new release and relationship with the Metro Dance team…

> For the people reading this who haven’t heard your music before, how would you describe your style, and the key elements that define it?

My style is between melodic house with some afro beats and techno vibes… but I love melody. I’m always looking for that beauty on those melodies and somehow all elements starts to fit in till I find that feeling and the rest comes itself. That might define me pretty well “The feeling”

> Your most recent release is on Metro Dance Records, could you tell us about the concept of the new EP?

Well, the truth is they are old tracks I did for other label which unfortunately it never came up. I wanted to do something keeping that melody with organic instruments and full of energy at the same time and I remember to work till late at nights to get a good mixing which always had costed me before and I think I got it. After finish up them I noticed I had grown as a producer and although It’s been a while since I did them, the tracks are still sounding current, besides now I have two great remixes from EdOne and Dubpaper and I´m very grateful about it. I feel love for these songs! I still play them and I will for a long time.

> Could you talk us through the creative process of putting a track together, and list any specific equipment used to bring your sound to life?

Every song is different so the process too at least in my case, I hardly ever follow a guideline, I like to try new sounds and presets with each idea. We have some kind of rules if you want to call them like that but actually in this job there’s no rules, anything can work. I’ve been producing with Ableton Live for 10 years and some of the plugins I usually use are from Arturia or U-he and I love Omnisphere 2 to create atmospheres. But I hope to take the step to the analog synth soon.

I understand that Metro Dance Records is linked to a club where you are one of the resident DJ’s. Who are some of the DJ’s you’ve warmed up for or played alongside?

Yeah! I’m in as a resident Dj since a few months ago but I have been playing in the club many years as a local artist and I have had the opportunity to play with many people that I admire like Adriatique, Mind Against or Innellea.

>What does Metro Dance mean to the local club scene in Alicante where it’s based, and how did you get involved with the venue?

Metro is the club! I mean… it’s one of the biggest clubs in the country and everybody wants to play there and definitely it had been an electronic music references for many generations. First time I went to Metro was in my twenties. It was in 2005 and it was like magic. I’d never been in that kind of party, I played guitar so I frequented other places. And I dare to say that Metro changed my life in certain way. I feel very lucky to be part of the team now.

>What’s coming up next in your schedule, do you have any exciting gigs or big releases in the pipeline?

Well, all Metro gigs are awesome it’s pretty cool to meet my friends every time i’m there and I play with these great headliners, yeah is really nice. And in the other hand I have gigs in Madrid and Barcelona in the next months, it’s always exciting to play in big cities and i don’t want to advance anything but also I hope to go to more places of the country I’ve never been before and perhaps some gig international, who knows? All can be posible. 🙂

I really think this year I’ll grow up a bit else. My last releases on Metro or Eklektisch have done that more people begins to take me seriously. I have new music that although I don’t have any release signed yet I’m quiet convince that I’ll reach some goals this year, like to publish on a big label as I already did in 2018 on Diynamic.

> Could you give some advice or words of wisdom to any aspiring producers who might look to your music for inspiration?

Sure! I would say them that they don’t need a big studio to do music. I passed only with a laptop and headphones on the firsts years, I focused on learning. So, work hard as much as you can and don’t have prejudices in music you never know from where you can get a great idea.

> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today, we like to finish our interviews with a couple of questions that are a little bit light-hearted… without getting to personal, could you tell us something many don’t know about you?

I don’t watch terror movies! I have a lot of imagination and then I can’t sleep. Haha!

> You don’t need to mention names, but what’s the most “outrageous” thing you have ever seen happen in a club… was it something outrageously brilliant, like a blindfolded DJ mixing seamlessly and scratching with their elbows, or something outrageously cringe-worthy, like some embarrassing drunk person urinating on the dancefloor?

Once I saw that drunk person pissing on the dancefloor… Haha! But maybe the most outrageous was to see how a drunk guy ran over two girls in the door of a club.. they literally flew. Fortunately they didn’t die but it was very shocking.

> Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, is there anything extra you want to add before we wrap up the conversation?

Yes! I would to invite everyone comes to Metro Dance Club and feel the good vibes 🙂 it has been a pleasure to answer your questions and I hope we’ll meet in the future again.

> You can pick up a copy of Novakk’s new release on Metro Dance Records from …HERE…