Next up on Edinburgh imprint Fresh Take is the insanely talented Neidex with Toasted Thursdays – two cuts of fiercely individual, electro-tinged house music ripe for hazy days and heady nights.
Double R is a gorgeous, mid-tempo, synth laden cut, with luscious, warm pads and beautiful melodies creating a sense of melancholic euphoria. Talk ups the tempo but keeps the carefully crafted atmosphere intact, its bubbling bassline, rising piano chords and sparingly used vocal harking back to the glory days of house.
We’re excited to have some time today with respected musical artist and UK producer Neidex; greetings and salutations, Neidex! Before we kick the tin can too far down the proverbial dirt road, how has the year been treating you?
It’s been one hell of a year! Things have definitely picked up post-lockdown, I couldn’t be happier with how everything is going, both on a music and on a private level as well as I’ve been travelling a lot lately. Missed this!
Congratulations on the newest single release of the stunning two-tracker Toasted Thursdays which boasts two brilliant gems entitled Double R and Talk! What was the genesis of this newest release?
Thank you! The EP is dedicated to where it all started: Thursday nights as a resident DJ at an event in the Midlands called Toast, approximately 6-7 years ago. I had produced “Double R” a while ago and wasn’t sure if I’d ever release it. After testing it out in clubs and playing it to friends, I was eventually encouraged to release the track. Given its style, I thought it would be perfect for an EP on Fresh Take Records in combination with “Talk” which I’ve produced more recently.
How is Toasted Thursdays similar to past tunes from you? How is it different?
It’s definitely a lot “clubbier” than most of my past tunes, however keeping the melodic and melancholic elements from previous tracks I’ve released. I’m usually on the funkier side of music production, with my tunes having a lot of disco and soulful accents. My EP “When House Gives You Lemons” that I released last year seemed to work very well, making me want to release more tracks that I would like to play during the peak time of my sets.
Is Toasted Thursdays an opening salvo which will ultimately lead to a full-length album release?
Maybe! I’m really tied up with event management and still see music production as a hobby that I am passionate about. However there’s a bunch of unreleased stuff in the pipelines so we’ll see!
Fresh Take Records is the home of note for yourself and Toasted Thursdays. What makes this record label the perfect home for you and your music?
I just love everything about this label. Not only are the guys super easy to work with, but the music they release is just insane. Every single track on this label is a banger!
The cover art for Toasted Thursdays is quirky and fun. How did you land on this particular image?
Another reason I love this label: the way they market themselves through original artwork (shoutout to Ally Baird). Whenever I release an EP with Fresh Take, I simply give them the final name of it and Ally comes up with an original drawing and does the magic!
What do you hope fans walk away feeling after listening to Toasted Thursdays?
Whilst I produced Talk to be a track that you’ll want to listen to on a big sound system at a party, I produced Double R with 2 ideas for its listeners: being able to listen to it in a crowd, but keeping it melodic and catchy enough to vibe to it in a more relaxed atmosphere as well. I try to keep my tracks as versatile as possible to send listeners through a journey whilst listening to the full track!
Can fans look forward to catching you out on tour in the coming weeks and months?
Some very exciting stuff planned in the UK over the next months, as well as other countries such as France and Romania. However I’m mostly excited about Access The Festival 2022, the lineup is simply outrageous!
Musically, who inspires you?
I go through phases of inspiration really, listening to all sorts of genres and even taking inspiration from them into my productions. Kerri Chandler, The Rolling Stones, Dam Swindle, Stevie Wonder… too many to name!
How did you land upon the path of music? Is there a Secret Origin story you could share with us?
I was always passionate about music, starting to learn the piano at the age of 4, followed by further instruments like the drums and guitare. I can’t remember going anywhere without my Walkman when I was a kid! I then started to write my own songs on the piano, until a friend introduced me to FL Studio at the age of 16.
When you look around at the musical landscape of 2022, what are your thoughts on the state of the industry? How is it good and how can it become even better?
I don’t remember seeing the industry as diverse as it is nowadays which I absolutely love. The number of artists I would like to work with has never been this big, there’s an increasing amount of events going all out with production… However it is clear that the industry is still recovering from the pandemic. Many promoters and venues are still nor quite back at the level they used to be, I’m hoping this won’t be the case for too much longer.
How have the last couple of years of world tumult informed you as a musician?
It just made my love for music grow even more. More days spent at home meant more time for producing and working towards goals to achieve post-pandemic. The first events after lockdown felt completely surreal, literally the closest thing to a dream in real life.
Final – SILLY! – Question: Best movie about the music scene – This Is Spinal Tap or Almost Famous?
How embarrassed should I be if I’d tell you I haven’t seen either of them? :’)