Throughout the years of speaking with electronic music artists there is typically one common thread which ties them all together, that being the isolation they endure to create their art. Whilst Sydney producer Nyxen admits she has gone through those periods in the past her experiences more recently, particularly since being discovered by her record label, have been dramatically different.
During the initial period of discovering electronic music and its production process Nyxen says she would often spend “almost all of my time” alone in her bedroom learning how to use the production software and the art of DJing. For Nyxen this first began at 16 years old, when she started using GarageBand to record and play with the idea of building songs before then being given Ableton, the production software, as gift for her 18th birthday.
Prior to diving into the electronic scene Nyxen had experience with the more traditional music route having played violin, keyboard and guitar from as early as five years old. Nyxen believes this experience made her transition into electronic production a much smoother process.
“Obviously it was hard at first because you have to learn how to use the software, which is really foreign, but once I did that it was definitely easier knowing traditional music theory and cords.”
Despite her traditional background it took Nyxen a little while to finally blend those skills with the electronic techniques.
“My first song that ever got played on the radio was All You which was such a step away from all of the other stuff I had been making,” Nyxen explained. “I feel like what I was trying to do before was replicate a sound that wasn’t necessarily me but that song was the first one which was truely me.”
Not only did All You see Nyxen achieve her first radio plays it was also the song which captured the attention of her record label, Unknown Records, after they discovered it on Triple J Unearthed.
Working with Unknown Records has allowed Nyxen to break that typical cycle of isolation many electronic artists usually encounter.
“I’m really close with everyone on the label… it feels like family,” Nyxen said. “It’s the perfect environment to be doing what I love and be surrounded by people that really love doing that as well because we’re all pushing each other to succeed.”
Before the year is out the Unknown Records ‘family’ will be celebrating Nyxen’s success alongside her as she unveils her next EP.
“The upcoming EP is the same Nyxen as before but a slight step away into another direction,” Nyxen teased, “this EP will be a lot more vocal heavy and has more guitar to create a fusion of organic and electronic sounds.”
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