Eastern Europe has featured heavily in our content throughout the year so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to conclude that Bucharest’s residence alongside the rest of the electronic scene is warranted. The city has sheltered a years work and the resulting long player ‘ Prima E De Proba’, orchestrated by Nu Zau, acts out several twisted pharmaceutical roles concurrently. No stranger to our desks, Pheek gave the album a stern endorsement to line up and take rank amongst the Archipel community, the first appearance and we’re fairly certain it won’t be the last.
After the scene in Romania spawned a fresh wave in approaches, the transition from hip hop to where we stand today seemed all too natural – life just seems to be rolling on and with solid indications that he’s still looking towards further releases across 2012 we’ll be across this ever evolving catalogue just as we’re sure most of you are already. Many thanks to Aimar for catching up with us.
Kn: The past year has been pretty explosive regarding material making it’s way to retailers. Can you give us a bit of a background on your life in Bucharest and what eventuated to bring us today?
Nz: Well, I’m a pretty laid back individual, I spend most of my time producing and looking for music during the day, especially now since the weather is pretty hectic down here, really really hot and dry. At night i usually go out with my friends, you know, hang out, take walks, laugh and talk, that kind of stuff. As for what brought me here, as far as music goes, it’s a passion for music and creation in general, coupled by the fact that i’ve always had some wonderfull people around me that have always motivated me.
Kn: …and hip hop played a big part in your life manufacturing a serious pathway into music. What was the natural progression from that foray into where you find yourself right now? Is it something you revisit to reengage certain work?
Nz: Hip-hop was and always will be a tremendous source of inspiration for me, not only as starting point from where I evolved musically, but also as a person. How I got from that to electronic music is not that much of a mystery, it took a couple of years after the whole electronic scene blew up in Romania, I was going to parties with my friends, listening to the music, and i fell in love with it. After that it was only a matter of time till I started playing and producing this type of music. But as far as for the present situation, I don’t really take that much of the sound of hip-hop into my music when i’m producing. I used to incorporate it more a while back but as you said natural progression lead me on another path.
Kn: The new album ‘Prima E De Proba’ is what’s really getting some solid attention at our desks. Can you give us a run down on where the album started, where it went and what communication you underwent with the Archipel team to make everything happen? A rewarding process we’re sure.
Nz: Well first of all I’m really glad you like it, I hope everybody who listened to it found something pleasing to their ears. The album is actually a compilation of a number of tracks I’ve done over the past year. The whole concept started to take shape when I sent Pheek a couple of the tracks a while back, he told me he liked them and I should send him some more stuff I’ve been doing. After that it all went real smooth and here we are, a very rewarding process for sure.
Kn: In respect to the label and in turn the album, joining the crew at Archipel would of been a big move and something you must be certainly happy with. What’s it like working with the team and what prompted you to commence a fresh journey with them? The ideas and concepts of the label must be aligned with yours?
Nz: I’m really happy to have been able to work with people like Pheek after only so little time has passed since I started producing music. As I said before it was a pleasure to collaborate with the whole team, we share similar ideas as far as music goes and that was the first and foremost reason for which I was so eager to work with the Archipel team, and I’m sure it’s the first of many fruitful encounters.
Kn: Some of the drugged minimal productions you’ve put out could compliment any number of other creative mediums. Has anything crossed your mind? Any particular dimensions you’d perhaps like to persue to extradite another dimension into your world?
Nz: Well some ideas have been pestering me for a while now, me and some friends wanted to start a label of our own, incorporate some other people as well, local photographers, film makers and art designers into the project. But for the moment we’ve put that on stand-by. I’m solely focusing on music right now but that’s still out there, so yeah, it could happen along the way.
Kn: As we touched on your effort this year wouldn’t really demand anything further to eventuate and you’d still be happy with your efforts as far as we’re concerned, though is there anything else you’d like to share with us that’s traversing your thoughts?
Nz: I am happy with what has happened this year but I’m just getting started. There’s so much to do yet, it’s all a learning process and i’m taking it one step at a time. It would be nuts for me to assume this is as good as it gets. I’ve been lucky enough to have been signed on by two fantastic labels, both releases have done well and that’s a great starting point for me and I’m really motivated and excited about it all.