A Sit Down With DJ Nifra
Nikoleta Frajkorová better known as "Nifra" is one of the finest female artist from Trance scene. We all know, when it comes to female artists in EDM, trance to be precise, there are not many. But she is one true Trance lady whose sounds are creating aura in her own style.
Having her productions and remixes released on labels like "Armada", "Coldharbour", "AVA", "Spinnin", "Enhanced" and many more she is leading trance scene everywhere.
Her music regularly finds itself in the DJ wallets of the top names of trance such as Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Andy Moor and this global support has not only lead to remix and collaboration requests from many of her peers, but has also lent a lot of support and extra respect to her own solo productions. She has gradually built up a loyal, hardcore fan base whilst keeping the integrity within the Coldharbour sound that she has become know for. Progressive Trance with balls!! is how she likes to put it.
When did you start DJing?
It was in my homeland Slovakia when I was 18 years old. I had already been producing before that but it was for fun and I was just learning. DJing began for me when I was playing at the local club for the opening set when nobody was really around. I always went for the electronic sound and back then it wasnt possible to do that since trance wasnt big enough in Slovakia. I used to mix house, a little bit of techno then eventually trance music started growing. In around 2006 it was starting to become really popular and from than I was able to play what I wanted. Tiesto was the first major trance DJ to perform in Slovakia.
How would you describe your personality to people?
Djs are considered extroverts but thats not applying to myself. I`m more introvert, sometimes reserved and super shy. But when I go on stage I totally change, I guess it just proves that thats where I feel the most comfortable.
Do you feel that being a female producer in the dance music industry gives you any competitive edge or puts you at a disadvantage in any way?
Ive been fighting the female tag since the beginning of my career. When i first started it was all about the passion for the music. I was incredibly interested in the creative process of production and when I was around 16 I got my hands on production software. At that time I didnt think twice about being a woman and that it could be disadvantage in the future. For me it was all about the music and most importantly it was fun. So being female is not exactly easy and looks can only get you so far in the music business. Whats important is real talent. Staying true to yourself and genuine to your fans is what makes the difference and will ultimately overshadow any fast judgments based on gender.
"We shouldnt be surprised that In a modern 21st century society there are still people, who say that women are not able to dj or produce music and their place is somewhere else".
What are your goals in life, and have you met any of them yet?
One of my goals was to be able to earn for living with my music. There is so many great musicians who would like to be able to not have a day job but make it with their music. Partly I achieved that.
What is your opinion about the explosion of EDM music in USA, and have you noticed increase in your bookings there?
I think its great; it opened a lot of doors for producers and DJs. In Europe or Asia there are not enough events as the same DJs are booked all the time.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Markus Schulz obviously. His dark coldharbour style inspired me in the beginning and as the sound evolved it still continues to inspire me. Its such an amazing feeling to be part of the Coldharbour family itself and also push the sound forward, that ultimately started it all for me.
If asked to choose between Coldharbour, Armada, Spinnin, which family will you choose and why?
I think all the families are great in their own way but the choice is obvious in this case. Coldharbour recordings has been my favorite label since I remember. Its the perfect blend between techy, proggy, and melodic trance and Im extremely lucky to be part of the family and pushing the sound forward.
Can you describe for us the process of producing a track?
Many have called you the queen of trance. How does it feel to carry such a grand title?
I dont even know where it comes from, but Im of course flattered. Makes me incredibly happy to see people loving my work, and when I started, I wouldnt have even dream about what was going to follow. Im living the dream.
Your sound is very unique, can you describe whats included and what is not included that creates your Coldharbour sound?
My sound evolved throughout the years just as the Coldharbour sound did and I tend to describe it as progressive trance with balls. I just really like energy in combination with the deeper basses and huge leads and thats what I always try to achieve in my productions.
What are the biggest advantages and disadvantages of being a female Dj?
I really like Oliver, Nero, Com Truise, Kolsch etc. A bit of everything. I have always used to listen to different genres of electronic dance music. I also like 70/80s music also because this is the time of the first digital synthesizers and I`m a huge vintage synths lover.
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