From her exotic Nigerian-Lebanese roots, Nicole has always had globe-trotting blood pulsing through her veins. Blossoming under the tutelage of mentor Carl Cox her place at the table was always assured, and now zig zags around the world playing high profile gigs and collaborating with pop stars. On the eve of her new single with Skin (Skunk Anansie) we spoke to Moudaber about Ibiza, Bali, Nigeria, Prima Donna and more….
Having Skin involved in the project helped me a lot and I learned a lot about how to construct a full vocal track on house / techno without sounding cheesy...How did you collaboration with Skin from Skunk Anansie come about?
We shared a flight one day from Porto to London. I popped the famous question - will you sing on one of my records and she said yes.
Tell us about the inspiration behind the single and how it differs from your other output?
It’s not my normal house & techno but it sits in between. There are some full vocal tracks on the BREED EP; that I haven’t done before. Having Skin involved in the project helped me a lot and I learned a lot about how to construct a full vocal track on house/techno without sounding cheesy.
It was challenging for me because it had to sound a certain way, as a result the process took a bit longer to achieve than what I’m used to. I normally bang out a track in 2 days.
Tell us what to expect at the EP launch party with you and Skin at Space on the 25th August
You just have to come and experience it! We are just playing together, we’ve done it a few times in the states and it was incredible. The chemistry is there and we just play good music really.
Posted by Nicole Moudaber on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
How much influence has Carl Cox had on your career?
A great deal; he was the first one to support my music on his radio shows, he picked it up since the beginning before anyone else, he then invited me to play with him at Space and worldwide to this date. We also produced together a single called See You Next Tuesday released on my label MOOD. We speak the same language.
Coming to play on the island that’s part of me in many different ways not just clubbing is really amazing..You have several appearances in Ibiza this year – which ones are you most excited about?
All of them; Ibiza is my home and has been for many years. Coming to play on the island that’s part of me in many different ways not just clubbing is really amazing and this year I’m feeling a big difference, the reception of people who travel from all around the world to come and hear me play is truly overwhelming. I’m feeling the love which is what Ibiza is about.
Ibiza is obviously a special place for you – how would you explain the White Isle’s uniqueness to the uninitiated?
It’s the most energetic place after the Bermuda Triangle. People who have slightly more elevated senses will feel this island - how it can love you or hate you. I talk to her (Ibiza - yes she’s a woman to me) all the time, thanking her for showing me ways and also slapping me on my wrists to stop me from my impulses.
Bali; I spent 7 weeks there earlier this year and I have to say it’s as spiritual and raw as Ibiza was many years ago...You’re originally from Lagos - what’s the Nigerian club scene like?
It’s not Clubby! It’s all about Afro Beat baby! The real thing.
On your travels you must visit a lot undiscovered gems – where’s the next Ibiza (or tell us somewhere surprisingly good to play)?
Bali; I spent 7 weeks there earlier this year and I have to say it’s as spiritual and raw as Ibiza was many years ago. I played there at a club, next time I will play there on the beach and do an after at my villa, right in the middle of the rice fields. Truly magical place, highly recommended.
Marilyn Manson once requested a bald headed toothless hooker on his rider – what’s your wackiest rider request?
I’m not Marilyn nor Lady Gaga so I don’t really take advantage with the promoters by being unreasonable, however I do act like a Prima Donna in my private time, I have impossible standards.
If you had the opportunity to collaborate with anyone (dead or alive), who’d it be?
David Bowie and Madonna - the most revolutionary, iconic, gender bender artists alive.