If you’ve read That New Nu for a while now, or if you generally like nu disco and indie dance (and you don’t live under a very soundproof rock) then you’ve undoubtedly heard of the up-and-comer That’s Nice. As a long time producer he’s decided to step out from behind the veil and start producing tracks that resonate deeply tropical vibes to all within earshot. But in a world where tropical house seems to take over more every day, and pan flutes and sax lines become the generic norm, That’s Nice stands above with intricately multifaceted productions.

Indeed it’s the diverse nature of his track structure that originally caught my ear. Most songs are built on mellow drum lines, and echoing funk guitars a la Nile Rodgers, and from there honed sound engineering skills take over. Take a listen to his music and you’ll be greeted with echoing vocals, authentic horn stabs, and summery synths. It’s a sound that encapsulates all that is beachy from nu disco and indie dance, and is ready to become your summer jam for years to come.

In a world where tropical house seems to take over more every day, and pan flutes and sax lines become the generic norm, That’s Nice stands above with intricately multifaceted productions.

Last week he stole my headline with the beautifully crafted ‘Holiday’, a testament to his advancement as an artist. So I was thrilled to get a chance to catch up with him to chat about what’s next for That’s Nice. We’ve also got a playlist featuring some of the hottest tracks that fuel his creativity and I believe can do the same for you (and don’t miss some of his latest releases included as well). Let’s dive in!

-How did you first get into music production?

I’ve always been into music production. Started playing guitar when i was 16yo and a couple of years after I started messing around with Reason and Ableton Live, until I decided to study sound engineering and make this my living.

-Have you worked on any projects prior to That’s Nice?

Nothing related to That’s Nice. I’ve recorded local bands in my home studio, but that was the main reason I started this project, because I wasn’t producing what I wanted and if anyone was gonna put my name out there as a producer, it was going to be me.

“The first comment I got on SoundCloud was from the Bag Raiders, because I sent them the track (it was) good motivation to keep doing this project.”

-What was your first release as That’s Nice? How do you feel your style and creative process have changed since then?

First track I’ve ever put out as That’s Nice is a track called ‘Chasing You’, which is the one I started pitching around other artists to show my work and hoping to remix theirs. Funny thing, first comment I got on SoundCloud was from the Bag Raiders, because I sent them the track (laughs) good motivation to keep doing this project.

I don’t think the style has changed much, it still has the same escence. The creative process is the one that has changed as you start writing more and more and collaborating with other people, your workflow starts to be quicker because you know what you want to do and where you want to take it.

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-You went from remixing Miami Horror’s ‘Colors In The Sky’ to collaborating with their lead vocalist Josh Moriarty on your latest release ‘Holiday’, tell us about how that came about.

Curious question, everyone is making the connection between me with Josh from that Miami Horror remix I did. But first connection I made with Josh was because I remixed his other band All The Colours, where he is the lead singer as well. I was sitting in studio thinking of ways to remix bands I’m into. So that’s when I started sending my work (Chasing You) to artists I like. Josh loved my remix, then asked me if i had any other jams to work on or if i was looking for top lines. Started emailing ideas for new songs, and that’s how we put together this ‘Holiday’ track.

“I was finally writing/producing music 100% my style.”

-What was your favorite part of working with Josh?

Best part I guess was that i was finally writing/producing music 100% my style, with someone who’s band I’ve been a fan of for so long. I think we make a good combo as we don’t need to tell each other how to do anything. If I send him a demo song, I’ll get it back with something I would definitely love.

-If you had to be trapped in an elevator with an artist who was nominated for a Grammy this year, who would you pick and why?

Beck or Royksopp, those guys know what they are doing and I’d definitely learn a lot from them.

-What’s next on the horizon for That’s Nice, any releases or tours we should get amped for?

I still have some other tracks I’ve worked with Josh over the summer when he came to visit. More collaborations and remixes but is hard to tell which release will be first. Planning to do my debut US Tour this year, hopefully I get to do it this summer.

Planning to do my debut US Tour this year, hopefully I get to do it this summer.

Rapid Fire Questions:

-Favorite in-studio beverage?

Coffee

-Favorite venue you’ve ever played?

Monterrey City Fest

-What artist do you dream about collaborating with?

Daft Punk

-Where would you like to take your next holiday?

Hawaii or Japan

 

There you have it folks a little insight into the inner workings of the That’s Nice production machine. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date on new releases and tour dates as they come out. But in the mean time be sure to go and give the guy some love on SoundCloud and Facebook. Thanks for tuning in!

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