NHB (Not Hard Beatz) has been one of best revelation in 2010 minimal and techno’s scene, with its particular a innovative sound, really hardly to place. NHB’s philosophy has always been linked with the use of real synthesizers and drums machines, blending an underground background with a more soft and commercial taste , making their sound hot and unmistakable. With eps like ,“The Gambler”, “Fucking”, “Going Down”, “Drugstore Cowboy” and many others, they are continuously arriving to the highest rankings of the Beatport’s charts, gaining the support of many top djs ( such us The Advent, Sven Vath, Roger Sanchez, Bad Boy Bill, Richie Hawtin,Ahmet Sendil, Emix And Dlewis, Koen Groenveld, Claud Van Stroke, Alex Long, Ricky Stone, Angy Kore act…) and releasing on important labels like Bosphorus Undergound, Play Records, Italo Business. They have been remixed from many top djs, such as Luigi Rocca (Drugstore Cowboy 2011), From Karaoke To Stardom (Analogic Feelings 2009), Phunklarique (Grinder Ep 2010), Alex Young (Silence Ep 2010), Emix and Dlewis (HowDoYouCallIt? Ep 2010), Piatto (The Return Of Apophis 2011), Angy Kore and many more. Nhb has also reworked many important international hits from top djs like Pig & Dan, Tom Hades, Ricky Stone, Emix & Dlewis, Angy Kore, Joy Kitikonti and many more …
From the end of 2010 they also release on famous Toronto based label Play Digital (Deadmaus, Mellefresh ). Is in collaboration with them that saw the light in the late 2010 the hit “O’ Saraccino”, a prog-tech rework of the famous italian 50’s song. The track has been another important international goal for the duo, being played in many important radio’s show in the legendary island Ibiza and all around the world . Is on this way that arrives in 2012 the big collaboration with Deadmau5 singer “MELLEEFRESH” with the single “Surrender”, a perfect mix of the musical influence that have always drove NHB’s style.
NHB have performed in many international clubs around the world, bringing its sound in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Usa, Mexico, Gb, Ukraine, Russia and performing in important international festivals such as “KAZANTIP (UKRAINE)” or “PLEYADES (MEXICO) “. In Rome they have been resident in one of the best italian underground club (“Brancaleone” Club ) for all the season 2006-2007, playing next toTIEFSCHWARZ, M.A.N.D.Y, AMON TOBIN, TANIA VULCANO, SWAYZAK, DJ RALF, PETER HOOK from NEW ORDER, FRANCESCO FARFA, STEVE LAWER. From one year they opened , in collaboration with Fabrizio Pettorelli, the new label AUDIOELITE, already well known among the most important dance music’s chart.
2012 has been another amazing year for the duo, with a lot of big releases and collaboration and many gigs all around the world, and definitely set NHB like one of the artist to watch for the coming 2013!
EMAIL INTERVIEW 02.06.13
Apart What was your very first DJ gig, and how old were you?
NHB Is actually hard to say cause NHB starts many years ago, in 2001 roughly , anyway I’m pretty sure one of our first gig was in Rome, in one of its most known underground club for techno , brancaleone.
Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?
NHB I would say there is no any particular artist that inspired us but all a general era and scene of music . We born artistically in the very late 90s and starts of 2000 and we have our roots in all the rave underground movement and electronic scene that was so florid and rich of ideas in the moment . Artists as aphex twin and autechre for experimentation , prodigy for live experience , and all the rave techno scene for creativity and innovation, are a big part of our background.
Apart Describe ‘your sound’ in three words?
NHB Usually we leave this thing to our listener and fan, but if I really must find three words to describe our sound I would say , powerful ( in the proper meaning ) , groovy … and yes unmistakable, then I leave to other people to say if it s good or bad ahah !!
Apart What are your top favorite 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at?
NHB This is really an hard question cause I can swear that as you start doing this work continuously you find that every city , every club, every dance floor has its own unforgettable things, and you end loving all of them differently . Anyway Kazantip festival in Ukraine in 2011 was really something that is hard to describe and to forget , than last party in Russia in 2012 at Iceberg club was really another unforgettable experience, and I would say also last festival in Mexico city (Pleyades 2012) … I really hope this week between USA and the new festival in mexico will give us something else to add to this top 3 🙂
Apart What’s one place or club that you haven’t DJ’ed at yet, that you really want to?
NHB That s another good but hard to answer question !!! There are many amazing parties and festival we would to take part soon , anyway “Time Warp” in Germany and “Awakenings” in holland are surely the heaven for techno lovers like us, also one of the best goal to achieve as professional Dj and live performers.
Apart When you are traveling, what are three items you absolutely can’t live without?
NHB Is hard to say cause we always forget something !! So would be easier to say what we forget every time !
Anyway shaving kits are really something u can’t miss when u travel for many days, my magic universal adaptor and ……. one copy of sound of sound !!! The last one is maybe the thing that we really never forget.
Apart Do you have any of your own productions out? If so on what labels?
NHB NHB was born mainly as producer and live performer, only after we adapted also to the pure Dj performance. So yes we are full of new stuff coming out very soon , both on our label AUDIO ELITE and on many other important international labels . We are very excited for the new ep that will be released on Minicoolboy’s label “amazing records” with two bomb remixes from them and superstar Dj Marco Bailey . Then maybe people from USA will be interested in our new remix for Chicago Dj “Twitching scratch” out soon on afterdark label.
Apart Name one track that we can expect to hear you play Friday in Milwaukee?
NHB We will surely test our latest productions, for example “Blade” , just finishes this week in collaboration always with Richie hatwin’s pupils Minicoolboyz . Then we will surely play “train n5” that was released in end of December on IAMT, label of the world star Dj Spartaque, and the amazing remix for twitchin scratch track “dark matter” …. For the rest we can’t say more !!
Apart Tell us one of your guilty pleasures?
NHB You wanna know too much now ahah ! Ok I admit , I open another beer every night when my girlfriend fall sleep and I remain alone in the studio !! Is this interview gonna be public ??
Apart Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that I _________
NHB that ….. If producing music and make people to dance is not only a work but also the reason of our life, than me I’m also a crazy fisherman thanks to a long heritage from my uncle and father !! Sometimes people don’t believe it, but it’s true….