Nora, nice to meet you here in sunny Amsterdam! For our readers can you tell us more about you? Where are you originally from and now based?
Yes, I am from South Africa, Johannesburg, and i moved to Switzerland when i was quite young and now i am based there when i am not traveling.
Do you use to go back to South Africa time to time?
I go back quite often, as much as i can. I really miss my country and feel my origin are still extremely strong even if i am not living there anymore since ages.
When did you started your career?
I started as a DJ to make my own music almost 7 years ago but i used to play many instruments when i was a child together with my brother so music has always been in my life and family.
Are you on tour at the moment?
Yes, it’s a lot of touring right now. Next week i am off to Australia for four dates and then back to Europe. I’ll be traveling to North America instead at the end of November for few weeks. I did few music festival this summer, mainly in Holland, Belgium and Germany. My favorite one was here in Amsterdam and the festival was called Pleinvrees, amazing atmosphere and crowd, i was playing during sunset time.
Do you have a favorite festival where you would love to play?
It has not to be necessarily a festival but any location or venue linked to the sun and sea is a perfect match with my music.
What’s your relation with fashion?
I am not a fashion addicted, i like fashion but i don’t follow any particular designer or trend. I don’t associate to any particular brand but i like for example Diesel a lot and all the surf brands like Billabong. In terms of accessories i love small jewels with wooden details as they remind me of my African origins.
Do you have a lucky charm that you take always with you when you play?
My rings are always with me, i really feel uncomfortable if i don’t have them.
If you could pick an artist to collaborate with, who will be your choice?
I honestly don’t have one that i really love, i change my preferences very quickly so in general i prefer to collaborate with artists with a different genre from mine: this always give an additional value to my music and makes very project more challenging and interesting.
A last quote about ADE 2014 (Ade 2014: highlights):
This edition is even a bit busier than last year, there’s a very good vibe, more positive and ADE is now attracting more people outside our business that is good sign for the club culture. And i love Amsterdam, more when is so sunny and bright!
Thank you Nora, safe flight to Australia!
Words E. Virago – Images of Nora M. Principi