Friday, 4 September 2015
NEA: Hello Igor,thank you very much that i can talk about me and my music with you!
Igor: Today i want to talk with you about italodisco and of course you as an amazing artist of new generation.So tell me in few sentences who is NEA?
NEA: What should i say about me? One year ago i started to bring back the music of the 80s, because i love these melodic synthiepop. I love this kind of music - it never will be die. And now NEA! is the first music act in this style from Germany. The new generation of italodisco. I belong to the worldwide awaking scene of italodisco,look to countries like Sweden, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Poland or Russia. Italodisco is there a great new wave of music.
Igor: Ok.Is NEA your real name?
NEA: No, NEA! is not my real name it is my artist name. My real name is Sylvia Martens.
Igor: Ok.Tell me more about name NEA,how is created and did every letter means something?
NEA: Yes,there are reasons to choose the name NEA. NEA on greek means new and on the otherside you surely know the neon colours from the 80s, so NEA! is a mix between NEW and NEON.
Igor: When people watching NEA on tv or concert probably on first look will see red hair,so tell me is this your trademark?
NEA: Maybe my red hair is my typical trademark now,but i love the change. So in the future my hair will be blond. I love these changes very much! My typical trademark as NEA! is my special little bag. It looks like the famous Rubik cube from the 80s.
Igor: Are you have influences before you start with music?
NEA: Yes of course,i like the music from international pop artists like Phil Collins, Michael Jackson,Bronski Beat or Spandau Ballett. It's great music,nobody will forget their hits. In my live performance i cover the song "Smalltown boy" from Bronski Beat.
Igor: 90s,eurodance,some artists join this style? What you think about that,are eurodance keep italodisco feeling?
NEA: I believe that eurodance have his roots in italodisco. But my opinion is that italodisco is more emotional. Thats why I decided to make music in the style of italodisco.
Igor: When i listen upcoming song Puppy Love(Are You Remember) i feel real 80s atmosphere.Is this a new italodisco anthem?
NEA: Thank you for your compliment. It would be nice if our music could be a new italodisco anthem. But we don`t want do any song in retrostyle,our new album in spring 2016 will show some sound surprises. In the past we were looking for a typical NEA sound and now we found it!
Igor: Well is this "sound suprises" some new elements for italodisco or performance on other way?
NEA: Yes,there are some new sound elements in the style of italodisco. This mix we called NEA sound. And the live performance of NEA is very special: With two dancers in clothes with LED lights and lasergloves.
Igor: Album of NEA is out in spring 2016,is name a secret?
NEA: Yes,the name of the album is a secret. It should be a surprise for all the NEA fans.
Igor: Describe NEA music team in 3 words?
Igor: What you think about other italodisco artists?
NEA: We have great respect and love their music.
Igor: Best moment in career till now?
NEA: The exclusive contract with famous record company ZYX Music.
Igor: Ok.What you think about current music scene?
NEA: I hope that the current scene will be different and creative.
Igor: Are you have any message for new artists and italodisco fans?
NEA: My message is: Go your own way! You can fall but you have to stand up! And to the fans: Make this music more famous!
Igor: Thanks for interview!
NEA: Thank you very much,it was great pleasure!
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Alex: Hello Igor: What is your first contact with music?
Alex: In early 90’s I started to do keyboard lessons, I was very interested in electronic music and heard a lot of eurodance from my sister who was be teenager at that time.
Igor: Why Eurodance?
Alex: I like the combination with uptempo techno/trance sounds combined with female chorus and male rap.
Igor: Describe eurodance with three words?
Alex: It’s energetic, colourful and blissful.
Igor: Describe your music style with three words?
Alex: Energetic, emotional and colourful.
Igor: Favourite eurodance artist or band?
Igor: Favourite eurodance cd and single?
Alex: N-Trance - Turn Up The Power.
Igor: What is your favourite track from last album?
Alex: The Real Talk.
Igor: What give you inspiration for songs?
Alex: Nature and traveling
Igor: Today we have new eurodance groups,artists who doing eurodance classics,what you have to say about this,i call this 3rd generation?
Alex: It’s very warming to see that people are keeping the eurodance vibe alive, but I have still not seen any new deep/unique eurodance act that impresses me. I think it’s important to not become to commercialised and to have a deep soulful feeling in the tracks.
Igor: Other music genres,exept eurodance?
Alex: Psychedelic Forest Trance, Ambient, Dub/reggae.
Igor: Favourite video spot?
Alex: When we shooted Moonlight video.
Igor: Best moment in carreer?
Alex: Performing I’m Gonna Make You Mine for the first time.
Igor: What have to say about your vocalist Marwa?
Alex: She is great working in the studio with me and is very talented in vocal expression. I hope she will continue singing in future.
Igor: At the end of the interview what have to say to all eurodance fans?
Alex: Keep following your passion and love yourself 100%. We have many fans around the globe and we are becoming bigger now thanks to the Internet. Please continue to share music, there are so many great old tracks to discover!
Igor: Thanks Alex for the interview!
Alex: Thank You!
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Patrick: Hi Igor Igor: When you begin with music?
Patrick: My first contact with music was way back in kindergarten. I was learning playing orchestra bells. In elementary school me and a classmate wanted to learn something different and so we went to musical school for learning keyboards. I did that for 10 years including some classical piano. During this time I already composed some songs, but me and my cousin mostly used songs I’ve learnt in school for our “project”. The “real” music making started in 1997 with some great ideas for a dance project. I still was working with my cousin on our project and we released some CDs and had some gigs. In 2004 I was talking to a very good friend of mine, Jack Summers, about creating a Eurodance project. I think it was because of David Brandes discontinuing E-Rotic. Yeah, and these days I’m working on some new stuff for my German projects and Acting Lovers.
Igor: Why Eurodance?
Patrick: Well, that’s simple. I grew up in the 90s and Eurodance, Dance, Happy Hardcore were the styles I really liked. My first CD was Whigfield’s Saturday Night, followed by E-Rotic’s Max don’t have sex. I always liked the clean, straight and with a lot of heart produced songs from BROS Music (that includes Chris Norman, BBB, etc. as well) and of course I wanted to create something like that, too.
Igor: How you can describe your style?
Patrick: I won’t deny that E-Rotic and David Brandes’ songs were influencing our stuff, but I would say that we definitively had and still have our own way to create music and stuff. I think we evolved from album to album and on our current album “Fun after Midnight” you can hear modern sounds, mixed with 90s lyrics and sounds. I think it’s important to not ignore the way music goes today, but I really like to go back to the roots sometimes.
Igor: In 90s we have too many eurodance groups and releases,but at end of the 90s Eurodance slowly lose popularity.What is reason?
Patrick: I think there were too many Eurodance projects at the end of the 90s. People simply lost interest in keeping up with it and eventually got tired of the sound. But in other countries like Japan the Eurodance sounds was popular until 2004 and then Hands Up and Trance took over.
Igor: After great success of 90s,coming much commercial version of eurodance Hands Up.What you think about that style?
Patrick: Yeah, Hands Up. I never really liked that kind of music. It sounds cheap with too much bass and too less lyrics. But there are some projects that made nice Hands Up songs.
Igor: Where you find inspiration for songs?
Patrick: That’s an interesting question. Well, some songs contain personal experiences. Sometimes I get inspiration from something someone tells me. Most of the ideas come from certain events or people I talk to. I also get inspired by other Eurodance projects, old 90s CDs and sometimes a songs just comes out by simply playing on the piano.
Igor: Acting Lovers and you doing great job,4 studio albums.What is your favourite?
Patrick: I never thought we would do 4 albums. I am very happy and grateful to have this amazing people around working on Acting Lovers and on album No.5 and something special. Anyway, my favourite Acting Lovers album is Erotic Secrets. It is IMHO the one with the biggest diversity.
Igor: Other favourite genres,exept eurodance?
Patrick: I’m also listening to Rock and Pop, Country, Folk, bands like Meat Loaf, Aerosmith, Roxette. I’m a big fan of Tina Turner and Joachim Witt. Yeah, I have a broad taste of music.
Igor: What you think about other new groups/artists?
Patrick: It’s amazing that so many people keep this great sound of Eurodance alive. And they all do a great job. Just listen to Pulse of the Beat or Free 2 Night. Amazing sound and very talented and gifted musicians.
Igor: Thank you,Patrick for this interview.
Patrick: Thank you and keep up the good work for all Eurodance fans out there.