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Nicole Moudaber: an inside look at the techno star in an exclusive interview

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After its first kick-off event at this year’s BPM Festival in January, Nicole Moudaber’s ‘In the MOOD’ event series has since been taking the country by storm with performances that have spanned all North America and have emerged on some of the biggest music festival stages in the country. She first took-over the notable, underground hot-spot, Output on March 1 in Brooklyn, New York where she dished her iconic techno sound with Canadian up-and-comer Nathan Barato. Then, within weeks, she hosted a massive pool party at the Winter Music Conference in Miami where she spun alongside mentor Carl Cox and house music legend Danny Tenaglia at the Raleigh Hotel. Now, the artist has since heated up the dance-floor at this year’s Coachella Music Festival in Indiro, California and will be back for another performance this upcoming Saturday, April 19 on the festival’s dance stage.

Building on her MOOD Records imprint, her performances have been inspired by the artist’s own life-changing discovery of dance music. Moudaber has been aiming to capture what she calls the, “loving, amazing, ritualistic vibe” of her early dance floor experiences by hosting parties that advocate ‘equality, unity and joy fueled by music.’ Receiving an outpouring of support from house legend Carl Cox who has invited Moudaber to spin alongside him during his Carl Cox & Friends events, the legendary DJ has also collaborated with her on their new release, “See You Next Tuesday” which is out now on MOOD Records.

To further add to Moudaber’s list of achievements, she recently garnered her first International Dance Music Award (IDMA) nomination for work on “Roar” [Intec] and solidified the number one spot on Beatport’s techno chart with her work on the ‘One Day Later’ EP. The artist continues to develop and grow Mood Records in a way that reflects who she is as an artist.

The National EDM Examiner had the venerable opportunity of speaking with Nicole prior to her Coachella performance and would like to thank her for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about her achievements in 2014 thus far. Please see below what the techno-goddess revealed about her recent accomplishments. For more information on Nicole Moudaber, her ‘In the MOOD’ event-series, upcoming tour schedule or track releases, please visit her official webpage.

First and foremost, congratulations on all of the success this past year. If you had to pin-point one major highlight/achievement that is most special to you, what would it be and why? Do you feel that the work that you put into the industry has finally paid off?

Thank you. This year would have to be my collaboration – “See You Next Tuesday” with Carl Cox coming out on my label MOOD on April 14. I’m super excited about this project. There's a lot more work to be done, and I'm nowhere near where I'm aiming to be. As an artist, I have a lot more musical achievements on the horizon and collaborations with artists coming this year… it's all very exciting and challenging at the same time.

Did you ever anticipate that would eventually “break into the industry?” At what moment did you realize that “you made it?”

I never thought once I would [be] where I am today. I locked myself in the studio for two years not knowing what I would come up with. Today I'm still looking forward to not knowing where I will land. What I do know is I want to make more music, play around the world, and spread my love of music to everyone. I can't say I’ve made it yet; there is loads to do still.

Can you give any advice to up and coming artists who are trying to break into the industry?

Passion is key. Without it, there's no motivation. I think you need some level of obsession to keep at it; that’s how I see it anyway. Dedication, sleepless nights, living, and breathing the music is key to artists who want to take this path, then come the productions. These days without having records in the market make it harder to break through. Networking with the right labels that fit "your" sound, playing out the right parties, then building the right team around to take you to the next level.

For someone who has never seen you perform, what should fans expect going into your upcoming performances in Brooklyn and Miami?

I can't answer this for myself; they will just have to come and experience me.

Who or what inspired you to become a DJ? Did anyone have a distinct impact on becoming the artist that you are today?

Yes, it's common knowledge now that Carl Cox discovered me and threw my work out to the world.

What is it like having a legend like Carl Cox vouch for you and your work? How did you two establish this ongoing friendship and partnership?

It’s amazing - he understands what I do and supports my art until this day. We became real close friends throughout the journey and ended up collaborating on an EP recently (“See You Next Tuesday), coming out on my label, MOOD.

Are there any projects coming up in 2014? What do you have slated for the rest of the year music wise?

I’m launching a weekly radio show end of April to be syndicated worldwide on FM stations and online as well. I also have an EP coming out on Drumcode early May… watch out for these, they're mega.

What goals and aspirations do you have for yourself as an artist in the near or distant future?

I’m collaborating on more music with Skin from Skunk Anansie and will possibly work on an album with her; we shall see! For me, this is a very important project, as she's one killer rock star, and it's always incredible to work with an artist of such caliber.

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