We chat with music producer and DJ Nicole Moudaber on how she's spending New Year's Eve this year, how she would describe her relationship with Carl Cox, and why she's moving to the Magic City.
The year hasn't ended just yet, but Nicole Moudaber is already working hard to prepare for 2016. "I've got a three-track EP coming out on my label, a remix for Pan-Pot out this week, a remix with Black Asteroid featuring Cold Cave, an EP in March called Label on Intec Digital," Moudaber says, "and we've released a schedule for Drumcode and Truesoul." That's in addition to all her festival performances, including the upcoming The BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen where she performs every year.
As she plans on settling down in her soon-to-be second home in Miami, we caught up with the undisputed queen of techno herself to discuss her plans for New Year's Eve, how she characterizes her relationship with Carl Cox, and why she doesn't have any resolutions for 2016.
You'll be ringing in 2016 in Miami, right? Why Miami?
NICOLE MOUDABER: Yes, I'll be up and on the decks all night at Heart Nightclub, and well, because Miami is going to be my second home now. I feel so much at home in Miami anyway and play a few times a year [here], so it was a perfect place to start the year.
Are you preparing for your all-nighter?
NM: Oh my god, yeah. I can’t wait. I am actually doing all-nighters [for] four days almost back-to-back towards the end of December and early January, so that's going to be a tough one—they're all from open to close. Luckily, I'm heading to The BPM Festival right after to lay horizontal for [a while].
You must really love Miami since you just bought a condo here. How much time do you intend on spending down here?
NM: At least six months a year. I travel a lot in the states, I love the sun, and I just sold my house in Ibiza last year, so it made perfect sense to get based in Miami because its a hub for traveling. I've been going to Miami [for] years and years, and it's very healthy living for me. It was basically screaming at me and then when I found [my condo]—it was love.
Did it take you a long time to decide where you wanted to live?
NM: Not long to be honest. I went ahead two or three weeks of [the Winter Music Conference] in March to take some time off. Through friends of mine, I met this agent who had a full day of looking at properties and she showed me the [Aria on the Bay] and that was it.
BPM has become this religious ritual for you every year. What's so great about it?
NM: I won't miss it. I mean first of all, it's got that whole family vibe. Phil [Pulitano] and Alessandra [Axelsson] have done it in such a way that you can't miss the incredible energy and how they treat their guests. The party is growing every year, people are coming from all over the world to this amazing spot where it's hot and sunny, and people are dancing half naked all day and night to incredible music—incredible DJs and producers from all over the world smack in the middle of winter. What more could you want?
Describe your relationship with mentor Carl Cox in three words.
NM: Funny, honest, and tight.
How do you spend Christmas and the holidays in general?
NM: I'm heading over to New York this year. It's the first year I'm not going to Beirut to spend time with my mother since I decided to work during that period, so I'll be spending [the holidays] with family and friends. [Then, I decided to] take some time off in Tulum and Playa del Carmen post-BPM.
What was the best New Year's Eve party you've ever had?
NM: Too many to mention, every new year is special. This year was amazing. I did Awakenings in Holland and then took a jet over to Ibiza and did DC-10 on New Year's Day, which was pretty intense. Then, obviously Carl [Cox] was playing for four hours after me, so I let my hair down for six hours on the floor.
What are your 2016 resolutions?
NM: I never have resolutions, that's all bs to me. On the contrary, more [sinning] and more parties. That's my resolution.
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