Can you talk to us more about your song “Don’t Wanna Let It Go”?
I met up with Before We Go in his studio for a different project, where we were chatting and showing each other some tracks we’ve been working on. When I played the project file for ‘Don’t Wanna Let It Go’ I could already see his face lighting up and he was like: “We need to finish this together!” We worked on it over the course of a few sessions and it all just came together naturally.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Nothing in particular, it was more or less a combination playing around with sounds and lucky accidents, as it is so often with music production.
We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to get it filmed in the deserts of Morocco. Check it out!
How was the recording and writing process?
Maurice is an absolute wizard when it comes to the writing side of things. I pretty much left him in his production cave to work his vocal magic. We sent a few things back and forth to share our thoughts on it, but all in all, that was his creation!
What role does Switzerland play in your writing?
We’re only a small country, but we punch above our weight! I’m from a little town near Zurich, so I’d like to think I’m trying to do the same thing on a personal level. Also, the landscape is super beautiful – I can see the mountains from my studio window so if there’s any lack of inspiration that always helps!
After the success of your previous single, were you any nervous while working on this song?
Not really – I think that’s the good thing about being an emerging artist. You can really just focus on making good music and trying out new stuff. The big guys in this genre are under so much pressure from both their labels and their fanbases. They can change the smallest part of their sound and suddenly they’re hit with hundreds of YouTube comments complaining about it; I love that I’m free to experiment at this stage.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working in your own?
For me it’s often easier to work on a track together (if you have the right partner) because you can help each other when you’re stuck with an idea. I still love working alone too though, it’s chilled and you can get really stuck into the details without your writing partner getting pissed that you’ve just spent 3 hours tweaking the filters on your synths.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Never say never! However at the moment, I’m just collabing, releasing singles and enjoying the freedom to create.
Any plans to hit the road?
We are planning on doing some gigs, would love to finally go out and party with all those people out there!
What else is happening next in Nikless´ world?
I’m going to be putting out some tracks on Armada with my bro ENV. They’re darker sounding than my last two releases, so it’s going to be fun to explore that territory. There’s also going to be new merch and live shows. The best way to stay in the know is to follow my socials: