Contact Festival is the biggest winter music festival in Canada that takes place at BC Place in Vancouver, BC. Over the years the festival has set a new bar when it comes to celebrating electronic music and has continued to bring together EDM fans from all over the world for two days filled with your favourite Electronic artists. We recently got in contact with one of this year’s performers Nostalgix, who just so happens to be a Vancouverite herself, to talk about her journey from once being in the audience to now taking on the big stage at Contact.
Being that you kick-started your career here in Vancouver, how does it feel to now be performing for fellow Vancouverites at a festival like Contact? Does it hold any significance?
Absolutely! Contact was actually one of the first festivals I went to when I discovered EDM. It feels incredible to be able to go back four years later as an artist and share what I love to do with my hometown. It’s gonna be a really special set to celebrate this amazing year!
You’ve become one to watch in the eyes of many, but what would you say was the very first “Pinch me, I must be dreaming” moment, where you realized your relentless hard work has been paying off?
One of my favourite moments this year was signing my first song to Tchami’s label, Confession. Since I’d started producing that was one of my favourite labels, so it was a very humbling experience for me to become part of that family. There’s definitely been a lot of great moments this year though. I spent the majority of my last two years making music and messing around on Ableton. Now being able to share what I’ve been working on and seeing the response has been crazy. I absolutely love what I’m doing, so seeing it affect other people in such a positive way makes it feel surreal.
When was the moment you came to the realization that you wanted to make your mark in the music industry and fully pursue a career within it? Was there anyone in particular who inspired you?
It was in 2017 when I played my first major festival set. I finished my set by playing my own song for the first time. It was such a special moment for me; everything felt so right with it. When I walked off that stage, I was ready to go all-in, learn, and make more music. I wanted to be able to play sets that were created by me with my original songs.
Up until then, I was just doing it because I loved it, but after being part of a festival, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I left University and spent all my spare time on Ableton. I have absolutely no regrets!
Tchami and Dr Fresch were two of my biggest inspirations during this time. I loved what they were creating & what they were doing for the house music scene.
What continues to be your point of inspiration throughout your career? Is there anything specific that immediately triggers and drives creativity for you?
Music and travelling have always been my biggest sources of inspiration. I started off in this scene because I love electronic music and the culture of it, so I stay inspired by listening to new music, supporting other artists, and going on little solo trips when I need to reset.
When it comes to producing, I always try to keep it fresh. I have a studio I work in, but when I write music, I’ll go to coffee shops, or anywhere with a different atmosphere. I think being in the same surroundings all the time, and repeating the same routine absolutely kills creativity.
One of your most recent releases “Pourin Shots” featuring Malikai Motion has accumulated over 70,000 streams on Spotify alone, in such a short amount of time. What was the collaboration process like in creating such an infectious house-meets-trap track? How did the collaboration come about?
Thank you! I met Malikai Motion through some artist friends in Vancouver. When we met, we heard some of each other’s music and thought it’d be fun to try to make something together. We had no idea how our song would sound; being that I made house music and he made trap. But, our sessions flowed really well, we both had great ideas and gave each other the freedom to go for it. I think the fact that we didn’t make the same genre of music gave us even more room to be creative with it. I’m really proud of how it turned out, and we had a lot of fun making it! There were lots of high fives in the studio.
Now back to your Contact performance, is there any particular pre-show ritual you like to do before hitting the stage? What can we expect from your performance this year?
Funny enough, I always try to stretch before my sets. I love dancing way too much! I hear house music and my feet can’t stop! For my Contact performance, you can expect a lot of Nostalgix originals; I wanna showcase what I’ve been working on this past year and give the audience a little taste of what’s to come in 2020. So bring your dancing shoes, we’re gonna have a good time!
What is one thing you hope the audience takes away from your performance at the end of the night?
Honestly, I just want people to have fun at my shows. I want it to be a crazy dance party! One of my goals as an artist is to create amazing memories and experiences for people through my music. Some of my favourite memories were at shows, so I want to create that for other people & give back in the best way I know. If I can inspire one person through that, then I’ve played a small role in changing the world.
Celebrate this year’s Contact Festival alongside Vancouver’s very own Nostalgix on December 27th and 28th at BC Place. Tickets available now in the link below.
You can pre-save Nostalgix “OG Sins” EP out on Night Bass October 18th HERE.
By: Shania Coombsget tickets