Interview: Nightwave, Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour

Interview, Nightwave, Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour


RBMA's UK Tour hits Glasgow this weekend, we caught up with local talent Nightwave to get the lowdown

For 17 years, Red Bull Music Academy UK has existed to pair emerging young electronic musicians (Glasgow’s Hudson Mohawke, now producer to Drake and Kanye, is an alumnus) with some of the biggest names in the business in a mentorship programme, with the likes of Giorgio Moroder, Chuck D, Steve Reich and MIA all having been involved on the educational side.

This spring they’re taking the experience to the public with the RBMA UK Tour, with four weekenders in Glasgow, Bristol, London and Manchester which feature exclusive live performances, club nights and masterclasses.

The marriage of RBMA with Glasgow’s powerhouse club scene is one made in heaven, so we spoke to two of the city’s finest young talents, Nightwave and Jon Phonics, about what this weekend and Glasgow itself mean to them.

Read our interview with Nightwave below, or see what Jon Phonics has to say.

Nightwave, aka Maya Medvesek, is a Slovenian DJ, singer and producer who has made her home in Glasgow for some years. Under her production alias she’s recorded ghetto house and grime influenced tracks for a number of labels, including her own Heka Trax, while she’s promoted Nightrave events in the city. A longstanding associate of Red Bull Music Academy, she’s perhaps best known for contributing vocals to Rustie’s track ‘Sulph’ from his debut album Glass Swords on Warp.

What will you be doing with RBMA in Glasgow?

I’m involved with the RBMA Radio event on Sunday the 29th, it's a live stream showcasing Glasgow talent from legends like Optimo and Harri & Domenic, to next generation artists like Rebecca Vasmant, Joe Howe, Inkke and Mermaids. It's a day event at the Sub Hub and anyone's welcome to drop in, have a listen to some great music and have a few tattie scones.

You work with RBMA a lot, what do you think they do that's important to people who make electronic music and why is this weekend so important for Glasgow?

I don't think any other organisation does as much to promote new talent and support the scene. The annual academy event encourages people around the world to work on their music and for the lucky 60 successful applicants it really is a life-changing experience. For me personally it opened a lot of doors and provided heaps of inspiration and motivation, and connected me with lots of incredible creative people. I think the RBMA weekend in Glasgow will give people a glimpse into how it works and inspire them to apply. And of course, it's an excuse to have a big party.

When and why did you come to live Glasgow, and what was it about the scene here that inspired you?

I moved to Glasgow three years ago as my boyfriend's from here, we had enough of pricey and stressful London. I find my mates from Numbers and LuckyMe very inspiring and I have a lot of respect for their work, the artists they sign and the parties they throw. They’re not afraid to take risks and explore brand new ideas. I’m a big fan of Optimo as well! Glasgow has a great community of artists and the best crowd to play to in the world, I feel very at home here.

When and why did you set up Nightrave, and what’s the night about?

It started at La Cheetah in 2013, mainly because I've always wanted to run a regular night and I felt like Glasgow needed a bit more rebalancing in terms of music policy. It's a very techno town and we play more booty, footwork, grime and so on. I also thought it would be nice to have a female promoted party – one thing Glasgow needs is more women in music, it's a real shame such a cult music town lacks female artists. From Nightrave to DJing, production and the record label is all about fun; a life without fun is a wasted one.

Catch Nightwave at RBMA Radio, 12noon – 5pm at Sub Hub, Sun 29 May. RBMA UK Tour Glasgow takes place at various venues from Thu 26–Sun 29 May.

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