Romanian upstarts, NTFO, have been blowing up the deep house and minimal tech scene for a while now, receiving love along the way from the likes of Richie Hawtin and Luciano, both who visited South Africa as part of the Bridges for Music initiative as well as Marco Carola.
As expected, IDM was on the scene to do a little quickfire Q ‘n A…
IDM: You’re celebrated for making colourful deep house music – a genre that has become hugely popular in South Africa. Are you familiar with any South African house producers?
NTFO: We don’t know too many artists from there but yes we know that Culoe De Song from Innervisons is from South Africa.
IDM: What music is inspiring you at the moment?
We find our inspiration on the dancefloor… after a good night in the club for sure the next days we can drop some hot beats in the studio.
IDM: Dance music is blowing up worldwide right now… and with this comes a lot of ‘copycat music’ and new producers. What is your secret to staying original?
NTFO: That was the idea from the beginning: to have our own sound… very clear, tight and groovy with feeling.
IDM: You got some great support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola and Luciano… all traditionally techno DJs (as opposed to deep house). Were you guys surprised that such support came from techno DJs?
NTFO: Yes we were… but we are talking about the period from 2009-2010 when our sound was a bit more minimal-techno [than nowadays].
IDM: How does it feel to have your music so well received by some of the legends of dance music?
NTFO: It’s amazing knowing that the big boys are playing our stuff.
IDM: Remixes vs. Original track. Which is more fun to do and why?
NTFO: We prefer for sure the original tracks because they are like babies… each one has its personality and is unique.
IDM: How is the scene in Romania?
NTFO: The Romanian house music scene is growing right now. We have a lot of new good talents and also so many events in cities like: Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj and others.
IDM: You’re currently travelling all over the globe playing sets. How does it make you feel to be part of growing global EDM culture?
NTFO: We are very proud to be in this business and part of the new wave… because we made this with so much passion and so much work.
IDM: Who was your biggest musical influence, growing up?
NTFO: We are born in 80’s so everything from 80’s and 90’s works well for us.
IDM: You’ve been on a continuous rise since you signed to Solomun’s DIY agency two years ago. As a result, your tracks have been mixed and edited by massive titans like Marco Carola. Have you ever had one of your tracks remixed by a ‘big name’ and not liked it? (Don’t worry you do not have to say who…)
NTFO: Hahahaha good one… well yes we invited some cool names to remix NTFO and the result was not like we expected.