Concert: German DJ Nils Hoffmann talks about his recent EP and debut gig in Hyderabad
It’s not every day that you see a 16-year-old kick-start his musical career with four million views on his first YouTube single. But that’s how Berlin-based DJ Nils Hoffmann debuted in the music circuit, and there has been no looking back ever since. His first single, Balloons, released in 2013 and received a positive response from the listeners across the world. In the next couple of years, Nils performed at big festivals including Frequency Festival in Austria and the Street Parade in Zurich, while also starting his tour in North America soon after. “After my first release in 2013, I started to tour a lot suddenly. I was an international and successful artiste from one second to another, which was exciting, but also a challenge because I was only in my teens and my production level was lower than it is today,” shares Nils.
The record producer will be debuting in Hyderabad this weekend at Le Vantage Cafe Bar, before heading to Bengaluru and Goa, as a part of his India tour. “I’m going to play my recent releases including Can Believe and Heading Home, along with a few tracks from other artistes. Although I’ve been to India three times before, I’m particularly excited this time because I’ll be spending my birthday in Goa on Monday,” says the 22-year-old.
Nils is best known for his progressive and house music. His tracks — Balloons and Can Believe Remix — are the best examples of his style of sound — trance and melodic. “Musical inspirations and ideas like these can come at any time — while I am in a bus, going for a walk or waking up at night, with one concept I want to do the next day. But I’m always looking for a catchy melody to build a track around. That’s my foundation, followed by the kick, bass and pads,” he shares.
His latest EP, Heading Home, released in September last year, includes remixes from musical groups Deeparture, The Dualz and Enamour, apart from Nils’ original work. “The special thing is the sampled vocal that built the foundation of the title track. With the remixes of the three DJs, I wanted to showcase the young talented artistes’ music I regularly play,” shares Nils. Largely based on vocal synth, the original tracks are mellifluous, while Deeparture’s remix offers progressive house sounds with dramatic sequences, Enamour provides haunting vocal samples with deep remix.
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At Le Vantage Cafe Bar. February 8, 8 pm.