LessThan3: How has your stay been in Miami thus far?
Nicole Moudaber: It’s been really good, thank you!
LessThan3: You absolutely ravaged the Drumcode showcase at Treehouse last night! You, Alan, Adam, Ida, Joseph…I couldn’t think of a better lineup to highlight some of the best names in techno. What was that experience like for you?
Nicole Moudaber: It was incredible! And the funny thing is, I was on head to head with Adam in the other room, but both of us kept it going and it was great. We got great feedback about it so it was just a really great experience. I think everyone was really happy.
LessThan3: Well the crowd was definitely satisfied. You just kicked off MOOD Records this year and have your debut artist album Believe coming out May 6, congratulations on that. What was the vision, or concept, behind the start of that label and your debut artist album?
Nicole Moudaber: Thank you! I just wanted to have a little platform of house and techno, stuff that I don’t release on other labels., that I can release on MOOD. Also, I can gather a group of friends, those that are established, and up and coming artists as well. It’s an opportunity for me to share the music that I love really, that’s why I’m doing it.
LessThan3: How would you say your releases on MOOD differ from older releases on labels such as Intec, VIVa Music, and Monique?
Nicole Moudaber: I don’t think it’s going to be different as such, but as an artist I keep evolving, my sound evolves, so it will always be a new sound coming out because you don’t stagnate and keep doing the same thing. And if I release a house track on MOOD, I will make sure to have a techno mix and vice versa.
LessThan3: In the last few years, people have kind of labeled you as a ‘new prodigy in dance music’, but what many people don’t realize is that you have been involved in this industry since the ’90s. You were the first promoter to break down barriers in Lebanon and bring a New York-style party, ‘Trashy Renaissance’, to Beirut, during a time when the country was emerging from a long-running civil war. A pretty outstanding accomplishment for a promoter, and a female in what many would say is a male dominated industry. What opportunities arose for you after the success of ‘Trashy Renaissance’?
Nicole Moudaber: 1997 was the first one. In Beirut, it was just the experience that I got; meeting a lot of people in the industry, booking artists, and booking them over and over again. After that I moved to London and I started promoting there, and of course I met a lot DJ’s and people in the industry, and that’s how I kept in that business. But I did step out of promoting for about three years. I did a house in Ibiza, so that was a completely different project for me. When I came back to the music, I didn’t want to promote anymore so I just went into the studio and four years later, here I am.
LessThan3: What enlivened the idea to go from promoting to, ‘I want to produce now, I want to be a DJ’?
Because I love the music. I’m always passionate about it; I feel it and I wanted to create the feelings for the dancefloor. I always dabbled, but I never really took it seriously, but then I decided to go for it, and it’s been a great success. I got picked up by Carl Cox
obviously; you always need a push from an established person in the industry, then it’s up to you to do the rest.
LessThan3: That’s a nice push, Carl Cox. Not many people can say that they’ve been taken under the wing of what some would say is a ‘music legend.’ How did that relationship begin?
Nicole Moudaber: I was lucky I guess. My music was talking for itself and I was sending promos to his radio producer, who is a good friend of mine. He puts music together for Carl, John Digweed, and all these guys that he produces, and one day he picked up on one of my tracks, and after that he started picking up on all the tracks that I was sourcing. One thing led to another and I was invited to play with Carl, and ever since I have been a regular guest on his club nights.
LessThan3: That’s great! I understand you guys just announced yet another summer residency at Space Ibiza where you’ll be playing alongside Carl Cox, Marco Carola, Carlo Lio, and Cassy. Congratulations on that! I was lucky enough to catch you guys at Space Tuesday’s last summer and it surpassed so many of the other club nights by a long shot. How do you prepare to bring something new and fresh each week when you’re a resident?
Nicole Moudaber: I’m not a resident as such, I’m more like a “regular guest”, but any show takes a lot of preparation. It depends what hour you’re playing, who’s playing before you, location. You need to adjust to the crowd, but you don’t want to adjust too much, you want it to flow right.
LessThan3: You’re such a powerful female player in this industry. You’re known to give the men a run for their money. Starting out, did you encounter any hardships being a women in what some would say is a male-driven industry?
Nicole Moudaber: Am I? Wow, thank you. I’ve been asked this many a time, and I don’t think so to be honest. There are amazing girls in the industry like Cassy, Anja Schneider, like all these guys… girls, they all do their own thing like everyone else. If you’re good enough and your music is good, people are going to love it.
LessThan3: You make it a really big point to communicate with your fans via social media. It’s important as an artist to have some kind of real connection to your fans. Unfortunately, many artist accounts are run by management. What is your view on social media communication and connecting with fans?
Nicole Moudaber: I find it a little bit weird that some artists don’t make the effort to connect with their fans. At the end of the day you’re here because of them. They put you there and they’re going to follow you wherever you go. If you don’t connect with them and if you don’t say thank you for appreciating your art, I can’t see that being just. For me, I get such a buzz to see people reacting to my records and loving what I’m doing, it’s exciting!
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes and you were asked to play the end of the world party, what would some of your essential music selections be?
Nicole Moudaber: That’s a tough one. I’d probably play Queen, I love Queen. And of course, some techno.