Mannheim native and 8Bit Records boss, Nick Curly has remained at the forefront of global tech-house since the late naughties when the sound began to emerge out of the DJ and producers home town. Now one of the most in demand DJs on the planet we caught up with the man himself ahead of dates at Egg, London (Saturday 8th November) alongside Audiofly, Stacey Pullen and more and Freeze's 9th Birthday at The Garage, Liverpool with Steve Lawler on Friday 12th December.
How has summer been for you, do you prefer it to winter, in terms of the gigs you play, ie festivals vs clubs?
My summer has been crazy again. Played a lot of great festivals this year like WeAre Festival, Sonus and Edit in Holland to name just a few.
Also Ibiza has been great again. Did Sankeys with Viva Warriors on Sunday and also Ants at Ushuaia for the first time and also played Defected, Space and Pacha again this year.
Tell us about your Trust brand – why the name?
The name Trust has a strong meaning to me; if you trust someone or in something is a very special thing. I want people who come to our events to trust us in what we do, what guests we invite, which locations we choose and how we set up the whole event.
What else will Trust grow into over time – a festival, a record label, a night in Ibiza?
So far we concentrate on our events, we are working on new visuals and the merchandise stuff, we already have plans for Sonar 2015 and our US Tour. Ibiza is not on the list at the moment, also a Record label is not planned.
Since you decided to focus on 8Bit, have you felt better about things? Are you pleased with the decision?
Yes definitely, I´m happy with this decision. The times that you can run 2 labels are gone. 8Bit became really strong the last month. I can bundle the best artists on one platform.
Next year we do 10 years of 8Bit Records. We have already signed great EPs and I think the label will still get much stronger than it already is.
What has the label got coming up? What sort of thing are you looking for in the music you release?
As I already said, we are just planning our 10 year celebrations. For this we have a vinyl box set with tracks from our artists. But we also signed EPs with Mihai Popovicu, Markus Homm, Steve Lawler with great remixes by Argy and also we have a massive EP of Johnny D coming before end of the year.
What defines the Mannheim sound to you? How do you think you guys came to that techy sound in the first place? Is it something in the city?
To be honest that’s what people call the Mannheim Sound, it’s what we do on 8Bit Records.
With 8Bit, Cecille and Oslo we did the first loopy tech house releases which people called the Mannheim sound. Artists like Johnny D, who did the big EPs on these labels are now back on 8Bit.
You play at EGG in London soon, how do you like playing the capital? Are UK gigs better than any other?
This year the UK has become the country where I played most. I really like the vibe that people bring to the club. You can feel that most people from the UK have been at least once in Ibiza, I think they bring that spirit to many clubs.
Also this year was the first time I did EGG in London and I loved it that much and I ended up playing until noon. More excessive nights are already planned there and I´m really looking forward to the one this weekend.
Nick Curly at Egg London (19th July 2014) (Photo - Giacomo Tonoli)
If you could own one track no other DJ could ever play, what would it be and why?
Music is universal, I like that other DJs can share and play good tracks all over the world, that makes our music bigger and brings it to more people all over the world. To be honest, sometimes I like to play unreleased stuff first, but also for the same reason, that I can spread it out and share it to other people/DJ´s at the end.
What’s the most important lesson you have learnt in DJing or production since you broke through and saw success?
The most important lesson I have learned is: never give up, believe in your dreams, and keep on working, even if you already have success. It could be over faster than you think.
See Nick Curly live over the coming months in London or Liverpool. Tickets on sale.
Photos courtesy of Giacomo Tonoli and Air London.