Kaleidoscope

A chat with DJ and producer Nite Fleit.

A chat and latest Soundscapes release from Australian but London based DJ and producer who will release her debut album on Steel City Dance Discs in August. She has a kaleidoscope palette of influence, ranging from golden-era rave and EBM, to contemporary electro and acid. Her productions quickly caught the ears of many esteemed electro and techno elites, resulting in releases on Steel City Dance Discs, Return to Disorder, Planet Euphorique, Unknown To The Unknown, International Chrome, Acid Avengers and more recently on her own label, Atomic Alert, which serves as a vessel for her own releases, along with artists she admires and collaborations of all kinds.

Tell us more about the Day Fleit and Nite Fleit approach. Was this always your idea for your debut album?

I used to joke that if I ever did an album, one side would be dark and the other light, because… Nite Fleit/Day Fleit… get it?! I didn’t seriously even consider making an album because I started producing purely to make music that I could play in my sets. I didn’t even realise that I was making ‘Day Fleit music’ until this question came up so often that I stopped and reflected on it. I realised I’ve been making Day Fleit music since my first release (Partly Sunny in 2018). At the time it was just the music that came out of me because I hadn’t learnt enough about how to make the music I wanted to play (‘Nite Fleit music’). So it’s really just the age-old question: what came first, the chicken or the egg?

The album features 12 tracks that were selected from a pool of demos. How many tracks were there to select from? And how did the selection process happen?

We used a blind-voting selection process to choose the tracks on the album. That pool was only 31 tracks; a paddling pool from my ever-expanding waterpark. I do think it’s important to keep filling up the pools/hard drive/whatever metaphor works for storing the output of the brain factory. Having said that, I wouldn’t send that many tracks to anyone to listen to anymore, who has the time?! But it’s nice to have my very own waterpark to dip into when it’s heating up.

The “Overload” video is really trippy, where did you get inspiration from?

I wanted the video for “Overload” to feel like a dream.

Not to look dreamy or have someone wake up and “it was all a dream”, but more a need to communicate the feeling of remembering a dream. I think when you try to explain a dream that felt so meaningful/important/funny to anybody you have about 5 seconds to get to the point or it can be terribly boring right? Sure, your friends can tell you their embarrassing/funny/crazy dreams and you can find it hilarious or mortifying or both, but it’s pretty hard to have an emotional connection with someone else’s dream. I find it far easier to remember whatever emotion was going on in my dreams than what I saw or where I was. Overload is a very emotional song, so the inspiration was to try to put those feelings into moving image.

You collaborated with some artists on the album but also in the past, who is your dream collaborator?

Yes, I love working with people! I’m very lucky to have so many talented friends that are so good at making things sound amazing. I feel like I’ve collaborated/have made plans with my dream collaborators, but if we’re talking crazy dreamworld: someone to do really excellent powerful vocals like Karen Finley, Nikkie Van Lierop or Siouxsie Sioux.

What are your plans for the near future?

Working on this wet n wild rollercoaster tycoon waterpark idea I cooked up answering these questions! But if you want to know about the near future: the Day Fleit/Nite Fleit LP is coming out early August so a bunch of fun things around that. Finishing an EP that I started while I was on my first tour of the states last week – embedding a secret code for that one so more on that when I’ve cracked it. Also working with my good pal False Persona on the Atomic Alert label, making sounds for people and playing shows in all the continents – oh trying to rest, that’s also on the agenda.

Listen to Soundscapes vol.106, a playlist curated by Nite Fleit

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