The 27th episode of our 12 Questions series features Noraj Cue. The Dutch producer has a brand new remix (in conjunction with Paul Hazendonk) out this week of Roger Martinez ‘My World’ on Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital. Please enjoy our 12 Questions segment with Noraj below.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Noraj: Many! But i’ll force myself to do as you ask and pick one, lol. That must be ‘Datura – Yerba Del Diablo’ (1991) The ‘Achico’ version. The coolest and the rarest version to find when i searched on Youtube years later! I felt this track was really ahead of it’s time back then. I still can hear this track on and on today. http://youtu.be/Qyn4J3Rse6Q
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Noraj: It’s difficult to remember, but i think the first was at ‘Waterfront, Rotterdam’ in 2007, in the little room amongst friends of FOEM with in the big room the TEAM records release party. It was pretty exciting because i played own productions only. Which was the first time to test them out on a big system with a crowd, yeaah! The last one was past May ‘14 in Bergwacht/Artheater in Köln, Germany. Wonderful artistic place with very nice people. I can’t wait to go back there one day. It’s recorded and you can find it on my soudcloudpage if you’re interested!
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Noraj: First: ‘SL2 – Way In My Brain (remix)’ (1992) a CD Maxi Single with 4 tracks. Soon i discovered ‘S.L.Ectro’ as my favorite track of those 4 and always played this one as loud as my parents soundsystem could handle when I was home alone. https://soundcloud.com/slipmatt-1/sl2-s-l-ectro-original
Last: ‘Oxia – Give A Feeling (Original Mix)’ Such a cool track! Groovy subs in the lower layer, funky hammond sounding organs in the upper part with a nice set of asshaking percussions, HOT stuff!
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Noraj: Well.. i think i’m riding the highlight right now. Ive been always busy with ‘music making’ and will for always continue but never saw myself really as an artist. Music making was from the start more of a way to express my feelings. Like a diary can be for a writer. Eternalize moments in life into music. It means a lot to me, maybe even more than pictures or videos do, because music captures ‘feeling’. With the kick in the butt of friends and fam i experienced a lot of growth in the last years that brought me all the way up to wonderful collabs lately. Some i only could dream of. Sitting in the studio with ‘Secret Cinema’ is a good example. Short ago ‘Adapt’ the debut album of ‘Paul Hazendonk’ came out on which we did some cool collabs with lovely vocalists! Not long ago i met ‘Mark Mywords’ and ‘Rob Hes’ which turned out to be a great collabformule! Got a single coming that got remixed by one of my all time hero’s, a number of remixes in the making of nice artists. And almost done writing my first solo album. Since i love writing music, this must be my highlight! ..I think.. i don’t know.. I do know that i’m happy & thankful.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Noraj: I listen to a lot of dusty classic jazz when no one is arround.. i can endlessly dream away of previously existing times listening to pianoplays of ‘Errol Garner’ for example. http://youtu.be/P_tAU3GM9XI Or lovely sax / vibraphone sessions by Stan Getz & Lionel Hampton http://youtu.be/NdK145P50mE Have periods that i only listen to 70’s prog/psychedelic rock (Hendrix, Genesis) or classical music ‘Chopin’ in particular. I have a service which delivers customised audio to multimediacompanies. Most of the time i write exclusive compositions that need to fit in a radio/tv commercial and/or particular timeframe.
Aside from this i enjoy a fulltime job around Amsterdam. A family with 2 boys of the age 2 and 4 and a babygirl expected around the 6th of july. All possible by the support of my awesome wife in everything i do musicwise! 🙂
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Noraj: Difficult.. I think that the most talents are actually undiscovered. But those who are imo, do something different, experiment, they add. The producer i love the most is who produce diligently with feeling and pureness, put soul in it. Disinterested about how they look being their selves.
I got a group on soundcloud, a tool to discover passionatedmusicians for me to get inspired from and/or to collaborate with. A lot of poets, vocalists & instrumentalists that are seeking to work with someone else. And the wonderful thing about the internet is, distance doesn’t matter.
7.Which producers consistently inspire you?
Noraj: Producers like Peter Horrevorts, Nathan Fake, Thom Yorke, Trentemoller, Ulrich Schnauss, John Hopkins etc. And a lot of producers i’m close and working with. There’s a constant flow of interaction where we send each other tracks and give and get feedback between us which is very great and inspiring!
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Noraj: A: Thom Yorke / B: ?
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Noraj: Manual, Innervisions, Suara, Perspectives, GEM, Bedrock, Sudbeat, Connaisseur, Rawthentic, Möd3rn, Tronic, SCI+TEC, Drumcode, ok i stop now!
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Noraj: Mazzo Mixup – Sex, Love & Motion 3 + 4 DJ Keith Fielder & DJ Carlijn (1997) The absolute best J still! This particular mix inspired me a lot back in the days and stil does! Anyway, Ma22o.. <3! (For those after that time.. An Amsterdam based Nightclub i often used to go that unfortunately had to close it’s doors in 2004)
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: Indonesian Kitchen, Greek Kitchen, Thai Kitchen
Drink: Bacardi/Coke, Raspberry Lemonade, SPA Rood, Karnemelk
Drug: Love, Laughter & Music
TV Show: Breaking Bad, Dexter (but in general almost to ‘0’ TV for me)
Movie: The Godfather, all.
Video Game: Battlefield 4, Call of Duty all, GTAV, Assasins Creed all, Tetris, Portal 1+2
Album: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood, Sugar, Seks, Magik
Track / Song: D*note – Shed My Skin
Producer / Band: Richard David James aka Aphex Twin
Record Label: Not particular
Nightclub: As long as there is less bling and more music. But for this summer. Something openair, a beach,and bbq’s please lol
DJ: If i may change DJ to Liveperformer: KiNK!
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Noraj: Wow, i wouldn’t know. If it really was my last set ever i probably would continue playing while saying in a loop ‘ok, alright, last one after this!’ until they dragged me out kicking and screaming. Such drama.
Noraj’s remix (in conjunction with Paul Hazendonk) of Roger Martinez ‘My World’ is out now on Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital, you can purchase those releases: here