DJ Nelio on using minimal music in his gigs.
When French DJ Nelio came to Goa as a part of a talent exchange project initiated eight years ago,little did he know that he would fall in love with the place. Since his first visit,Nelio has been traveling back and forth between France and Goa. The music draws me to Goa again and again.
Unlike France,there is so much creative freedom here. Back there,you have to play what the audience want; you cant experiment beyond a limit. When I play in Goa,I am in charge of the music I want my audience to listen too. The audience here is more open to new sounds and welcome experimentation, says Nelio,who will be spending more time in India now as he has been appointed as the resident DJ at Barbo,a club in Goa. He will be performing at Swig Bar and Eatery,Koregaon Park tonight.
Paris-born Nelio,started off his career in music as a drummer for One-Eyed Jack,a high-energy rock and roll band in the early 90s. He has worked with Dino Psaras,Basement Jaxx,Chloé,Nigel,Tristan,Ajja,Neelix,Polaris and Laughing Buddha,among others. In the past,he has performed at over 200 gigs in India,and an even greater number of gigs in France,Thailand,Europe and other parts of the world.
A musician at heart,he says that when he performs his DJ set,he prefers to stick to the principals of live music. The most important one being to bring about a catharsis.
His minimal techno and trance music can make his audience cry and flush out their sadness or make them feel happy and at peace,says Nelio. In both cases,the audience feel refreshed as they vent out pent-up feelings on the dance floor,he adds.
Minimal music means that I keep my music simple so that it can be more focused. There is no cluttering of effects and sounds that take away the connection which my audience need to feel with the music, he says.
The trance and techno played in France and other parts of Europe is a hard genre with hard-hitting sounds; the music is heavy. I like my music to be lighter,which brings about a happy feeling, he adds.