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Radio LBB: Generations of Felt

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Felt Music's Nick JL takes us through his early Greek influences and love of House for Radio LBB

Radio LBB: Generations of Felt

If there was anything I missed most last year, it’s got to be the energy of the dance-floor and live music scene. Yep - I’m talking about that feeling when you’re close enough to that massive black speaker on your left and it rumbles every muscle in your body; it’s so loud you can’t hear a thing, but you still love it … sort of

Jokes aside, the unison of everyone in the same mindset along with the amazing music and great vibes.. it really is something and has been a great miss for me, but on the other hand has also allowed me to discover a lot of new songs.

When capturing an interest in new music, the biggest connections I want to feel are those that can evoke a full range of human emotions, are unique to an artist and can provide their own flavour without compromising quality. Music for me is a story and adventure in itself, that when permitted to take over the soul, can be an unforgiving feeling of euphoria. This is seamlessly being showcased in today’s market with up and rising talent, and by all means is personally never limited to a single genre.

Growing up in a musical family, I was always surrounded by an eclectic and refreshing taste of styles. From the cultural stuff of my Greek background to the groovy disco stuff that give you those John Travolta finger points - yeah them ones.

I was also introduced to musical instruments such as the Guitar and Greek Bouzouki from an early age, so naturally I was surrounded by a lot of chilled Jazz and Spanish Guitar music to take influence from (which I also loved). This stemmed my musical enthusiasm into all sorts of other genres from then on, as I felt like I built the foundation of quality music through tracks with complex chord progressions and scales. I believe this is one of the biggest contributing factors as to why I tend to lean towards music that has an underlying melancholic feel, whilst embracing a form of feel-good energy.

I suppose people tend to know me more for the charty side of the industry, however there are a few spotlight tracks that resonate with me differently:

Madalena - this one track in particular on the album ‘Fiesta Del Sol’ by Kenny Vehkavaara was discovered on a random Spanish guitar CD that was given to me by my parents one day as a little present to perhaps be inspired by whilst I was teaching myself the Guitar at the time. No matter the situation and mood, it will always bring a warm feeling of nostalgia.

Ralome - A very, very underrated track. I actually discovered this track a couple years ago whilst working in the Studio at Felt Music; one of the amazing perks of surrounding yourself by like-minded individuals is the excitement to share new music they’ve discovered over the weekend on the good old Sonos speaker. Thank God my headphones weren’t on for this one, because I genuinely can’t stop listening to it - It’s in my ‘golden hour playlist’ (which is the highest level of playlist placement by me). It’s so soothing and relaxing and weirdly reminds me of being in London; the commuters, the tall buildings, the rustle and bustle. Love it.

Surprises - Another track I honestly couldn’t live without by the great Ibrahim Maalouf, a French/Lebanese trumpet player. The beginning piano motif which sets the emotion from the offset, the muted brass solo played so effortlessly. It takes me back to evenings in New York. Classy, sophisticated.. beautiful.

You’ve got to know how to enjoy all spectrums of the musical world. I could not do this playlist and not include some absolute House/Dance bangers too. When an emotive pop styled vocal features on the track too it’s usually a winner for me, but at the same time I’m super picky with such a saturated market so it just has to hit me subconsciously. A mix of quality production, strong chords, and catchy melodies are always the ones that stand the best chance.

Bit of a mix, but here’s a quick playlist of some tracks that I’m loving right now (old and new):


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Felt Music, Tue, 09 Mar 2021 15:05:29 GMT