The Goods - Theo Nasa

Published on Friday 20 August 2021

Welcome to The Goods. Our new series of mixes, track selections and quick-fire questions that bring you closer to your favourite artists.

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Keep scrolling to learn more about Theo, as he answers some intro questions, shares his selection of The Goods (6 tracks, each selected for classic moments in a 24 hour session) and finally, goes into a little more detail about
his upbringing on jungle and deep tech.

Theo will be making his E1 debut this Saturday, 21st August, alongside Ellen Allien, Rebekah, DVS1, Cormac and MARRØN. Secure your ticket here.

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"The atmosphere I’m around in techno is a lot more free and darker, which comes into play with my overall journey as I grow as an individual." - Theo Nasa.

THE MIX

Describe your style in 3 words. No genres!

Alien, demonic and scientific.

Been to / played at E1 before?

I’ve only been to the club twice surprisingly. I was totally blown away by the custom soundsystem and I always thought that one day, I must play here.

Favourite Room?

The main room for me is next level. That huge wall of sound always makes me feel like I’m actually inside the track's waveform as the frequencies pulsate.

First music memory?

1994. I was watching my older brother get ready for a jungle rave and thought what is this sound blazing out loud making him go absolutely insane.

First record you bought?

It was a grime track called ‘Eyes On You’ by Davince purchased from my local record shop. Still to this day I come back to it and play it while reminiscing.

First rave you went to?

This was a local event in South London aged thirteen, which seems crazy when you think about it now. Loads of well-known grime MC’s were there, I was totally in shock seeing them in person as normally I would only ever hear their voices on tapes. Seeing them was a myth.

What project are you most excited about right now?

My forthcoming EP on Alan Fitzpatrick’s label. I’m really looking forward to everyone hearing it.

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Share The Goods

6 tracks, each selected for classic moments in a 24-hour session.

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Warm Up Weapon: Madame - Booth Echo

Why: Very simple clean build-up but with exciting mysterious elements that make you really hungry for that main drop at the 2:13 mark.

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Peak Time: Bloody Mary, Milton Bradley - Tales From Space

Why: You can’t go wrong with a serious acid track peak time in a rave as everyone is fully in tune with the vibe, plus acid is universal and everyone understands it in some way, shape or form.

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One Last Tune: Rødhåd - Haumea (Dirt Mix)

Why: This is the track that’ll complete the whole journey on the dancefloor. Those raw drum patterns and extraterrestrial signals you hear flowing through will connect with everyone, leaving them thinking about what just happened.

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After-Party: Gemini Voice Archive - Desolate

Why: As this track starts all I think about is the after-party to be honest. It builds up in a way I can totally envision people entering the party swaying from side to side getting ready for the next round.

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Wild Card: SØRN - Walls

Why: I’ve played this track various times to boost the energy up through the wild journey. It’s very unpredictable but relatable at the same time due to its rave stabs going in different directions, whilst holding that 90’s hardcore vibe.

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Next Morning: Zadig - Solar Wind

Why: Very spiritual and really nice to zone out to if you don’t want to move as much, because the 808 & 909 drums are so smooth together with that brilliant string behind.

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Tell us about your transition into techno. We noticed you appeared on many deep tech lineups a few years back! How did your sound develop into what it is today?

One thing I think that's developed for me is the tempo. Deep tech was at 130 and currently, I produce and play at 145, plus the atmosphere I’m around in techno is a lot more free and darker which comes into play with my overall journey as I grow as an individual.

How do you go about choosing labels to release on? REKIDS and your own Alien Sound Trax really spring to mind when we think about your productions…

To be really honest I started Alien Sound Trax because labels didn’t understand my sound at first and didn’t know how to take it, but labels like REKIDS and a few others understood my view on productions and wanted to hear something fresh.

We love your reviews of SOUNDS that come your way - any track that you’ve found recently that sticks out?

So many amazing tracks out there, but ‘Beyond The Veil’ by Sept is a track that makes me think how the hell did he create that amazing banger.

What would be your dream back-to-back? Any artist, any era...

Nina Kraviz!

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Theo will be making his E1 debut this Saturday, 21st August, alongside Ellen Allien, Rebekah, DVS1, Cormac and MARRØN. Secure your ticket here.

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We've put together the full playlist on our SoundCloud. Listen below.

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