Where does the name Lunik come from?
I just made it up; by taking the Lun from Luna (Latin for the moon) and adding the first part of my real name – Nicky. At least I thought I made it up. There’s a Swedish band called Lunik, and I believe it was also a Russian satellite. Simples!
Who inspires/d you?
Lots and lots of people – my friends, my family – good times. As far as DJs and producers whom I admire there is a big list, but right now I am completely in awe of Gui Boratto and Robert Babicz.
Favourite set played where and when was it?
I LOVED playing at Space, Ibiza. It was a huge gig for me. Having been to so many We Love days and nights there previously (some of which I can still even remember) as a punter, to be behind the decks was such an amazing feeling, and so much fun. But, I think I played my best set fairly recently at Snafu, where I am resident with Greg Gibb. We were both on top form, and when that happens, it is just so fantastic.
You’ve DJ’d in Space Ibiza, are there any other clubs you would like to conquer?
I would love to play at other clubs on the island – for Cocoon at Amnesia, for Monza at Privilege, for Circo Loco. I also have a longing to play at Womb in Tokyo, Glastonbury Festival, and the Arches in Glasgow. A bit of globetrotting would be good right now.
Have you had any cheesy chat up lines you’d like to share?
LOL no, not really. A guy insisted on calling me DJ Tunic once and tried to hug me a lot.
What other types of music do you listen to?
Pretty much everything and anything, although I have found recently that I buy so many tunes for mixing, and then with working in the studio, I am mainly listening to techno. It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it I have been trying to re-educate myself on the classical side of things: listening to a bit of Elgar, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Brahms. I like anything that’s really emotive.
What would you say is your greatest achievement to date?
I think that continuing to get to grips with production. I’ve been producing for a good number of years, but I only started to deconstruct it fairly recently, because I was so frustrated with not being able to mix my own music in with other people’s. My greatest achievement was writing a piece of music that mixes in with a Joris Voorn’s remix of Robert Babicz’s Dark Flower, and sounds good doing so.
Who is your DJ idol and why?
I don’t really have a DJ idol. I admire a lot of DJs based on their performances. I’ve been wowed by Tiefschwarz, Richie Hawtin, James Lavelle, Hot Chip, Dubfire and lots more, but if you put people on a pedestal you can be disappointed. I tend to go on the experience at the time I see them, or hear their productions.
You also produce music, can you tell us a bit about this?
I’ve been producing for quite a few years now. It all started with a few keyboards in a cupboard in a King Street flat, and is now a full-blown studio. We have a lot of analogue synths and drum machines, although I have mostly been using a lot of emulators. I’m running Logic Pro 8, and favouring a lot of the Arturia kit, as well as Ultrabeat for percussion. Focusing on the production the last few months has paid off, and I’m starting to produce more tracks that I’m happy with, and that work well within my sets.
Which of your tracks is your favourite?
I just finished a track called Revolver, inspired by my Mum, who died last year. I played out last time at Snafu, and it went down really well.
If you could make it big but had to choose between Production OR Djing which would you prefer and why?
I don’t want to choose. Are you gonna make me? Ok, well if I absolutely had to choose, and there was no other choice than to make this choice, I would choose production because I don’t think I could live without that, and I could still play out, doing live sets. You’re gonna let me do that aren’t you? ha ha
If you could DJ alongside anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Mr C and Tim Sheridan. I saw them play together in Ibiza a couple of years ago, and they were having such a great time, and playing such crazy tunes. If you can throw Elvis in there too that would be quite cool – you have to have plenty of randoms in the DJ booth.
If you had the power to change anything about the music industry – what would it be?
I honestly can’t think of anything. That’s not to say that there aren’t things that need changing but for me, right now, there’s nothing to change.
What is the best thing that has happened to music in the last decade?
Singstar!!!! Ok, no, seriously, I think the digital revolution within DJ-ing has really shaken things up, and in a good way. So many people have pushed against it, with such negativity; claiming that it makes it too easy. I think it has done the opposite: it’s opened up so many new possibilities and pushed DJs to be much more creative.
When, where and who are you playing with next?
I’m playing at Snafu on March 12th, on warm-up duty for Mr Paul Woolford, which I’m very excited about.
What do you have in store for 2010?
World Domination! lol It’s close to that tho. I’m currently making plans to go back to Ibiza, and working on more tracks to send out to labels.
If you could move anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Barcelona – it’s such a beautiful city, with a great beach and you can fly pretty much anywhere from there. And Spaniards are crazy people, who I hope to be able to speak to once I’ve mastered the language.
Your five desert island tracks?
A Thousand Nights by Gregor Tresher
A 5th of Beethoven – Bee Gees
You Send me – Aretha Franklin
Nimrod – Elgar
Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney
And finally, your favourite flavour of crisps?
Honey Barbecue Kettle Chips – Oh Yes mamma!!!!
Thanks for taking time out to talk to Flares n Seagulls Nicky! Jo-D-Locks