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Premiere: New Tectonic Release from Nurve + interview

Premiere: New Tectonic Release from Nurve + interview

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Tomorrow marks the new release from the much loved Tectonic family. This time from a producer you’ve not heard of before, unless you’ve been rinsing the excellent Pinch b2b Mumdance mix, which includes the lead track from the release. Wrong Number EP is the debut release from the UK-based producer Nurve, which honestly is hard to believe judging by the level of production and the undoubtedly distinct sound of all four tracks.

We are honored to exclusively premiere the closing track (digital only) “The Other Side” and ask Nurve his very first interview questions.


interview by Katya Guseva

I’m so happy we got to premiere “The Other Side” out of all four tracks on the release, as I think it’s the most haunted one. The white noise voices in the background make it sound wicked and ghostly. Even the press release omitted describing the track, adding more mystery. Can you tell me how this one was built?

I’m glad you picked up on this track. “The Other Side” kind of tells its own story straight from its title. It’s uncanny you say the white noise and the talking in the background sound ghostly, as it is in fact a recording of my girlfriend’s medium session (a place where you contact spirits). She wanted to record the session so she could show her mother, so I gave her my field recorder to do this. I opened it up in Ableton to boost it and burn it to CD for her, and naturally I couldn’t resist dropping it over this loop I was working on at the time. I applied lots of effects so you can’t really make out the speech, as I don’t wish to disrespect anyone with it, but really wanted to use it. It sat over the loop nicely and ended up being laced through the whole track, hence the title “The Other Side”. She [my girlfriend] is totally fine with it and knows that it’s being released. Props to her for the sample.

Relatively new in the game you’ve already garnered support from the veterans in the field, Big Up! How does it feel to be a part of the Tectonic family? And how did this signing come about?

Yes, I’m feeling blessed right now. I think it’s safe to say that the Tectonic label carries weight – a lot of it – and as an artist to be brought into such a movement could be career making. It’s an honor and a pleasure. I first met Pinch at a gig where we were both playing in Holland around 3 years ago. We got on and stayed in touch.

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I was in the studio working on some other material around six months ago, and I just needed to switch things up, got a bit bored. Nothing was working that day. I literally started "Wrong Number" there and then, and 11 hours later I had a version ready for testing.

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All the tracks on the EP seem to have this wicked (literally) sound, that begins to become recognizable as “Nurve sound”. What influenced your fascination with this sound? Did your first track have this sound or is it something you’ve acquired later in the process?

The whole Nurve thing wasn’t planned. I was in the studio working on some other material around six months ago, and I just needed to switch things up, got a bit bored. Nothing was working that day. I literally started “Wrong Number” there and then, and 11 hours later I had a version ready for testing. I didn’t really know what to make of it at first, I actually wrote it at 121bpm. The sound I was hearing was like nothing I’d ever produced before, but I really liked it. I can’t say I’ve been influenced directly by anyone to make this sound, maybe that’s why it sounds distinctive. It’s just me…

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I can&#39t say I&#39ve been influenced directly by anyone to make this sound, maybe that&#39s why it sounds distinctive. It&#39s just me.

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So I sat on it for a bit, played it to a few friends, whilst at the same time using this new found flutter of sound to put together the rest of the tracks which ended up being on the EP. Once I had them together I knew there was only one guy to send this stuff to, and that was Pinch. Mumdance has also had a big influence on the signing of my Tectonic release. Props to him.

It’s inspiring to see young producers getting recognition so early in their career. Undoubtedly talent is essential, but it also almost makes it look easy to start producing and get ahead. How long have you been producing? What’s your studio set up?

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When I started out from scratch, back in the very late 90s, I had none of this. I was still mailing music to record labels on CD trying to get a break. It worked.

[/quote_left]Yeah, I think young artists are very blessed these days to have many good platforms to showcase their music. It can go against some though, quality control is a big issue here. Anyone can start producing; there are tutorials everywhere, and a person can be up and running and laying down sounds in a matter of hours. It’s a good thing, but again I think some younger artists should step back a little and not be too hasty to upload clips. Learn the trade a bit more first.

When I started out from scratch, back in the very late ’90s, I had none of this. I was still mailing music to record labels on CD trying to get a break. It worked. As a unit we did quite well. My set up now is very digital based. I use Ableton with a select bunch of great plug-ins, FabFilter, Native Instruments, Rob Papen material. I also use a field recorder quite a lot for sounds, it makes music fun to work with. And recently I have started using the NI Maschine much more in my productions, but mainly for the software as opposed to the hands on hardware side of it. Great processing ability, great voice. I’ve just ordered myself a Virus Ti Snow desktop synth, so you can expect to hear some of that getting thrown around in some of my future productions too.

What about playing gigs, are you planning on it?

I haven’t actually played any gigs out under the Nurve name, but I believe there are few things in the pipeline awaiting confirmation. Watch this space.

Buy “Wrong Number” EP

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