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bpm:tv blogger Gosia Mrugala chews la graisse with French housemeister NORMAN DORAY
GOSIA MRUGALA: Hey Norman! What have you been up to?
NORMAN DORAY: I’ve been touring quite a lot in the USA recently. I love being here, always a crazy atmosphere. I’m also a lot in the studio, to come back with some new music.
GM: Your track with Nervo, “Something To Believe In,” has gotten rave reviews — congratulations on that. How did the collaboration come together?
ND: The collaboration with the girls was so much fun! We loved what each other was doing, so we decided to get in the studio in London for two days. We worked hard and came up with “Something To Believe In.” It’s a good combination of classic house vocals with progressive sound and vibe.
GM: Tell me about “The Freshmakers.”
ND: My first project, I’ll never forget. I was 23 years old and decided to create this band with Pierre de la Touche and Arno Cost. We came up with [our brand of] French house music, which made us what we are today.
GM: What or who would you say has most inspired you and your music?
ND: I’m inspired by nearly everything in day-to-day life, to be honest! I’m inspired by the people I’m meeting, by the weather, by the places I’m going to. And for sure, listening to other music inspire me a lot too
GM: Your top three tracks at the moment?
ND: Porter Robinson & Mat Zo – Easy | Norman Doray & Nervo – Something To Believe In (Carl Louis & Martin Danielle Remix) | Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
GM: When you’re not touring or producing, what do you do on your down time?
ND: I try to spend as much time as I can with my family and the people I love. It’s so hard to see them and share time with them. That’s my number one priority.
GM: What’s the biggest “Oh, shit” moment you’ve experienced during a set?
ND: When another DJ comes to the booth 45 minutes before his set and starts plugging in his computer, without saying “Hi,” in front of 10,000 people. At that time you have to be really strong, mentally, not to punch him!
GM: How do you feel social media outlets have influenced the EDM scene?
ND: A lot — in every aspect. Now, fans and artists are like a big family. Everyone knows what others are doing. I think it’s really good — but I still think an artist should have a bit of privacy on his own personal life
GM: Any upcoming projects or collaborations in the works?
ND: New singles: some solo, some in collaboration. More news soon!
GM: Where do you see yourself in five years?
ND: I hope I’ll be spending more time in the studio! I love touring, but it’s really exhausting!