Behind The Scenes Of Nurii’s ‘Stories’
Kenyan DJ and producer Nurii has quickly become his native country’s hottest export since he exploded onto the Dance music scene. With releases on record labels such as Peak Hour Music and an official remix of Robbie Rivera’s ‘Move That Ass’, which was released on his Juicy Music imprint, he has been gaining monumental support from heavyweights including Cedric Gervais – impressive feats for any calibre of artist.
His latest release comes in the form of ‘Stories’, a record that has become a firm fixture in many DJs record collection this summer. We sat down with Nurii to chat about the record in more depth.
Hi Nurii, thanks for talking to us. How are you today and what’s going on in your world right now?
I’m great, thank you! Not a lot is going on right now, I’m just taking things as they come.
You’ve recently released a new single by the name of ‘Stories’. How did this project come about?
I had created the drop part of ‘Stories’ a few months ago. I was just going through my projects to free up some space on my laptop and I decided to finish the track.
How would you describe this single in terms of sound and style?
It’s a fresh new sound, with a drop that’s not very common in commercial dance music.
What got you inspired for this one?
Nothing much really, I just wanted to make something different.
How long did it take to finalise this single?
It took about a week and a half to lay the track out fully and finalise it.
Could you walk us through the production process behind ‘Stories’?
It’s not very complicated. Since I had already done the drop a couple of months earlier, I now had to make something around that. I didn’t want to go with a vocal/singer for this track, as I had done a couple of tracks with vocalists already, so I thought of adding in some vocals chops that would blend in with the main synth and bassline, it sounded good to me so I kept it that way, and the label loved the track when I sent the demo, so it sort of just happened.
Which plug-ins and sounds shaped the end result of this production?
I’ve used plugins by Fab Filter, Pro q & Saturn. I also used Kickstart, Sausage Fattener, Toraverb for the reverb. I’ve used massive on this for the bassline, and Serum and Sylenth for the chords. The main sound of this track was built around the chorded pluck type of drop. I think it’s what makes it really energetic.
This is part of a series of top-notch projects you had this year. How does it feel and what kind of other developments do you predict now?
I feel awesome. I keep on looking back to my first release ‘Blue Lagoon’, and some of my latest releases in 2016. The difference is clearly visible, and I’m proud of myself to be developing and evolving as an artist.
‘Stories’ got signed by Envision Recordings – how did you spark a relationship with this label?
I came across Envision on my Soundcloud stream, and I think they were the first to be sent the demo for ‘Stories’, they got back to me and they offered me the release.
Where would you imagine this single being played?
It would sound cool in some of the clubs, festivals and I think it’s a nice tune for places like Ibiza.
Describe ‘Stories’ in one word.
Why should people listen to ‘Stories’?
Well, I think people will love it, and stats show that they are enjoying the track too!
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline this year?
Yes I do, I have another track in the same style as ‘Stories’, and an upcoming track in the style of ‘Fly Away’ that was loved by some many people!
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