Interview: Nick Olivetti

Nick Olivetti is set as one of the hottest names to follow in 2019, delivering one track after another that just ooze of dance floor madness. For SNOE he did a brilliant remix of Beth Lydi’s “Ample”, where he brings proper heat with his gritty style shining through the intense build-ups and bouncy groove, combined with the popping elements and quirky synths from the original. For this occasion, he took the time to have a little chat with us.


Hei Nick. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?

Thank you for the invite!! mmm.. good question, I would start from a well known genre like “I do house” and then beginning to list all the different elements from classic house, and definitely ending up saying something like “well you have to listen to it to understand it…”

And can you tell us a bit about your musical background?

I was born and raised between the 80s and the 90s so definitely all the big anthems from those times, I grew up experimenting a lot , from minimal, to hip hop and everything in between, but then I realised I just like big fat beats that make you want to dance, no strings attached.

What would you say is the essence of your “Ample” Remix on SNOE?

I tried to keep it dark and groovy at the same time, the melody on the break is from the original version and it really keep the whole remix going, I’ve played lots of time in clubs and all the time the main melody comes in the crowd starts yelling, so cool!

How much time do you spend in the studio?

Not sure how to answer to this question, it could be one hour, it could be 3 days in a row sleeping on the couch, it really depends on the feeling I get from what I’m doing, and might seems wierd but also the weather as its role in my production workflow… lol

What is your favourite toy for making music?

Definitely the Ableton Push for editing and being creative, and any moog really for the fat beef on the low freqs, I got a sub37 right now, but I’ve been thru the minitaur, the phattys and I loved all of them, that fat analogue sound is guaranteed quality.

With whom would you like to spend time in the studio?

So far I’ve been lucky enough to spend time in the studio with most of my favourite artists , the ones still missing on my list and probably the ones I wish I could be in the studio the most are definitely Claude Vonstroke and Justin Martin.

What is the one thing you can’t be without in the studio?

I’m gonna have to answer WEED on this one…

And what is the one thing you do not want in your studio?

Bad vibes!!!!!!!!

What are your guilty pleasures?

I’m pretty vicious, I never hide that.. not sure if it would look good tough to make a list lol

How would you describe the scene where you live?

I lived in Italy for the last few years and the scene here is really different from town to town, back in UK it was mostly garage and drum and bass , here in Italy I would say is slightly more commercial, and less experimental, but still a cool place to play and express yourself.

Any place you would like to play that you haven’t been yet?

I haven’t played at festivals, I have something cooking but I can’t say yet, it will be great to reach this goal in 2019

What do you drink when you play?

I love americano’s which oddly is an Italian cocktail made only with Italian ingredients even though its name, but I’m not picky, and not sober either I’m afraid

Which artist dinner will you never be able to forget?

Not sure which one I wont forget, but surely I’m still remembering my last dinner in Bergamo with my friend Vangelis Kostoxenakis, my partners in crime Heider and Magnvm and the rest of the NØID crew, best Italian food ever and Vangelis is really a cool dude, we had a great party after that!!!

How do you balance music and everyday life?

Still trying to figure this out, sometimes I’m away from home for days and everything needs to be planned in advance, but I’m handling it so far, visiting lots of cool places and meeting amazing people, can’t complain about that!

What’s in store for you over the next few months?

Let’s see… My first collab with my pal Heider will be released this week on Sweat It Out, Yolanda Be cool’s label, then some cool parties coming up in the next few weeks between Italy/Germany/Uk, and a new single with my good friend Magnvm is scheduled for May on NØID which is a new label I’m cofounder of, plus more stuff which you will have to follow me to find out www.nickolivettidj.com

What is your favourite Norwegian word? 😉

Parti!!! 😉

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