When Nicole Moudaber hits a club, she kills it
“I was on holiday from university and went to the Tunnel Club in New York,” she said. “It was the turning point of my life. The drums reached me.”
Well now those drum beats are helping her reach new heights.
Renowned internationally for her deeply dark and haunting aroma of production, her influences and inspiration over the years have been all but limited.
Born in Nigeria, based out of London, but inspired by the Big Apple, Moudaber as seen the world, and channeled her experiences into the turntables.
After spending time paying her dues, she was quickly signed to the illustrious and exclusive record label Drumcode. For those in the know, Adam Beyer’s label is one premier labels in the world of electronic music, to be signed under this label is an honour and privilege that garners acknowledgement. Nicole’s latest album Believe has sublime and flawless production where she easily blends tribal and dark hard house together seamlessly thus showing us she not has skills on the decks but also as a producer.
When Martyr caught word that “The Queen of Techno” was playing a show at Ryze Nightclub in Toronto this October, there was no doubt that we’d be in attendance.
Since Believe has dropped, several tracks have been making their rounds around the club circuit from Miami to Ibiza and everywhere in between.
Watching Nicole Moudaber perform, is like watching someone experiencing a lucid dream. You see her completely in tune with what she’s doing, you understand what the actions she’s committing should be creating, but yet you have no idea what’s going on in her head, and it’s almost like she knows not of anyone watching her. It’s not that she’s not in tune with her audience, but more like she so in tune with her music, that she’s completely lucid through the turntables.There’s nothing short of interesting rites of passage in her life that transcend through her music. She was expected by her parents to be a banker or a leading manufacturer, like the family does now, but Moudaber had a different vision for herself. And although her family summoned her back to Lebanon after graduating, she instead decided to venture to Beruit, the war-stricken capital city of Lebanon, to introduce the love and freedom of house music.
Music is an outlet that allows Moudaber freedom and space for creativity. Even when she was taking a break from the industry, and renovating a villa in Ibiza, she said that the music never left her.
“I had no expectations from it, I was just making music I fucking loved.”
And it’s not just Moudaber who is spinning her tracks around the world. Veteran heavyweights in the industry like Richie Hawtin, Danny Tenaglia, and Carl Cox routinely drop her tracks as well as ask her to perform with them.
In 2009-2010, she was labelled “most underrated DJ” after she caught the attention of DJ legends Tenaglia and Cox, who gave her that label.
She took the accolades as a piece of humble pie, stating that she always doubts herself and knows that the compliments mean she’s on the right track.
During her stay in Canada, Moudaber did back to back shows in Toronto, where she crushed her five hour set leaving everyone in attendance wanting more. After that, it was on to Montreal’s Stereo where she destroyed a 12 hour set, that left those in the city that attended in awe, saying that they hadn’t felt a vibe like that in a dozen years.
These results, with Moudaber, are typical.
Story and photos by Tee Onek