A Thai country girl who transformed herself into nightlife nobility, DJ Nakadia has seen a meteoric rise on electronic charts the world over. Now, she returns to Thailand for Kolour in the Park. Here, she opens up to Bangkok 101 before she goes behind the decks.
How did you discover electronic music?
On my first trip to Europe in 2002, I was taken to a techno club where Marusha was playing—one of Germany’s top DJs at the time. This was my first night with electronic music.
At what point did you feel like, “Okay, yes, this is what I was born to do”?
That first night in Germany was also the night that I knew it. This was exactly what I was looking for in my life. After that night I had no more chances to listen to this kind of music for nearly one year, but I still had the memory with me and tried to find out more online.
What is life like in Germany for you now?
I really love it. I was away from my home in Berlin for over 10 weeks now and I can’t wait to get back home next week. Berlin is the perfect city for me—except for the bad airports. 😉
I live very close to the clubs, the coolest bars and the shopping areas—I can walk nearly everywhere. The studios of the greatest artists of the scene are just around the corner, as well as the offices of Beatport, Native Instruments, and other major players of the business. I live right in the heart of the electronic music business and I love it.
What is your impression of the underground scene in Thailand?
Thailand developed very well over the past years. When I started DJing there was no chance to listen to “cool music” in Thailand and now we have clubs and events all over the country. Thailand has probably the best “underground” music scene in Asia—except for Japan. We have great artists and events such as Kolour that keep things moving in the right direction. It is great to have so many top international DJs performing all the time, but the scene can only grow with support for local talent.
How did you get involved with Kolour in the Park?
I have been working with the Kolour crew for a few years now. I am not in Thailand so often, so I only had three chances to play for Kolour until now. They are doing an amazing job. I just recently found out how hard it is to work as a promoter, but putting events together with the scale of Kolour in the Park just deserves massive respect and I can’t wait to play there on Saturday night.
What are you listening to now? Anything new influencing your sets?
I have no time to listen music other than in the clubs and while searching on Beatport. I buy all my music there and try to spend at least one hour each day on Beatport. I don’t focus on producers or labels and only go by ear. At the moment I am happy to find so many high quality 123-124 BPM techno tracks with such beautiful melodies.
What do you have lined up for 2016?
Last year I took 308 flights to over 130 gigs and I am already sure that this year will be even busier. My summer is just about fully booked with mostly four gigs every week all over Europe. I am really looking forward to all these amazing festivals in Holland, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Rumania, Spain, and Portugal. I’ll be sharing stages with artists like Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, and Maceo Plex. On Ibiza I will also be part of a new project called “the unusual suspects” on Thursdays at Sankeys. It will be the most exciting year for me so far.
When you go on tour, what are some essential items you have to bring with you?
I would never leave without my USB sticks and headphone for the performances and my iPhone and Macbook to keep the business going, and now I also carry a Go-Pro to capture the moments. I mostly fly with hand luggage only, so I have to keep the girls stuff to a minimum.
What are some of your favourite places to play in BKK?
I love the off locations, such as the Thai Wake Park, where I’m playing at Kolour in the Park. Just recently I did a rooftop party with Sunju Hargun and it had such a beautiful ambience. I will not be often in Bangkok this year and I don’t know where my next party will be, but with so many events and new clubs opening all the time, I think I will come play one or two more times in Bangkok before the end of the year.