Last time we talked to Nico, we were celebrating his release of "All is Mind", and now we are celebrating "As Above so Below," which is set to be released on the 20th of this month. Enjoy what he has to say in this lovely Q & A:
Desert of My Eye (D.O.M.E): Hi, how is the quarantine going?
Nico: This quarantine is awful! I had to postpone a big art show I had planned next week. But so far I've been following it to keep everyone safer... it is definitely a lot of time to work on music. I saw a meme that said that a "self-quarantine" is an EDM producer's default lifestyle anyway. I thought that was funny.
D.O.M.E: How do you think this will affect (not affect) music in general? (not taking into account lost revenue in touring/festivals).
Nico: Well, shows will definitely die down for a while, as well as physical promotion. I'm using this as an opportunity to create a lot of digital content for YouTube, though. People will be consuming content like crazy over the next few months, so at least I can reach them from the comfort of their armchairs. Smart musicians are finding ways to capitalize on the extra screen time.
D.O.M.E: Can you tell me about your new single?
Nico: "As Above So Below" is a magical hermetic axiom; it means that what we do here corresponds to what happens in other planes. It's one of the fundamental teachings of the occult, and is even represented in phrases like "in heaven so as it is on Earth." You can approach the idea from so many angles, and essentially occultists or alchemists are teaching you to look at things in a new way; everything is the same when it comes down to it. I really like the line "your love and your hate are the same thing in a mirror," which is a phrase I sing at the drop. I think bringing magical and/or religious ideas into techno and electronic music is a super interesting combination, and I'm trying to do that with this track.
D.O.M.E: What is it about?
Nico: It's about all of these type of correspondences; you can look at the veins in someone's hands and see how they correspond to the roots of a tree. It's there in the lyric "the trees are blooming all across your fingers and the sun is burning red behind your eyes." I wanted to create a really mystical and mysterious vibe, which is reflected in both the lyrics and all the accompanying artwork. I am also a poet and visual artist, so all of those elements support the main narrative of the song. If that's not interesting to someone, though, don't worry. This track is a banger anyway.
D.O.M.E: Do you plan on releasing a full album soon?
Nico: I'm going to be releasing a series of singles for a while, as I think that's how people tend to consume music these days. Eventually, though, I'll put a lot of them together into a compilation or album with some badass artwork.
D.O.M.E: Anything else you would like the public to know about you?
Nico: I'm trying to bring the spirit of the 90s back to electronic music. Many musical artists in the 90's were also visual artists, especially when you look at genres like techno and trip-hop. Keep up with me on my website and my social media, because I will be working tirelessly on cool multimedia projects in the coming years, including lots of different electronica tracks, videos, and visual art.
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