The name Nixsin is synonymous with East Coast dubstep.
The Baltimore local has dominated the area's dubstep arena for as long as I've been raving with deep dubstep that sounds just like the good ol' days.
I sat down with my friend for a chat about "Into My Mind", his latest mix of purely original content, and what drives him as an artist.
Tell me about how you grew up-- What did you do before music? What led you into production?
I grew up playing the saxophone (alto, tenor, and baritone), but it really wasn’t until 2009 in which I found a calling in music. At the suggestion of a friend, I attended the Starscape Music Festival. The was my first exposure to raving, music festivals, and electronic music. Probably wasn’t a month before I bought a copy of Fruity Loops.
You’ve been released quite a bit over your career-- which release has meant most to you?
Can you tell me a bit about it?
Um, it’s kinda funny. I put up a tune called, “Voyage to the Moon” after the first Moonrise Festival was canceled. It barely got any attention, but it’s now four years later and I can still listen to it on repeat. I’m not sure if it can be found anywhere else, but it’s in the opening of my mix on Joe Nice’s radio show: Gourmet Beats (March 2016). It’s mostly drones and loose drums, but then this 80’s science fiction synth comes in with a heavy delay. It’s a sound I just can’t get enough of.
What is the major driving influence of your music? What compels you to create?
I suppose this is two-fold-- There’s a sense of exploration in it for me. My producing career has suffered a great deal because I’m not willing to use preset packs, but it’s also given me a great deal of pride in what I create. And then, there’s the groove. When everything lines up right, the groove is tight, and time almost disappears. When everything clicks, it’s a vibe in the studio, and then you take it on a big rig in front of a crowd…. SHEWWWW unmatched feeling.
Nature seems like a big part of your life--I know you love to fish and spend a lot of time outdoors. Do you feel like your environment affects your sound?
Don’t reckon I’ve ever made the connection, but I think you’ve got a fair play. If anything, I think it might be seen in the patience and little elements of my tunes. Not to be too much of a tree hugger, I have gone mobile with my laptop to catch a vibe outside of the lab. It’s nice to stay connected with the world.
“Into My Mind” is 100% original content. What made you decide to go forward with a fully original mix? Did it challenge you in any ways you didn’t expect?
So, I saw Liquid Stranger ages ago and a buddy informed me it was all originals. Fast forward, I saw EshOne comment that he builds his tunes to continue, or mesh, with one another. AND LASTLY, some trap music twitter posted, “No one cares about your DJ mix unless it’s your own tunes.” This was the last nail in the coffin. I knew what I needed to do. But then, I realized how hard it was. Between the oldest and newest tracks in “Into My Mind,” I built around 100 other tunes that did not make the cut for one reason or another. It wasn’t just about playing my tunes, it was about connecting my sounds in a way that created a journey.
Listen to "Into My Mind" here!