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Having performed at some of the worlds biggest festivals including Ultra Music Festival, Coachella and Tomorrowland, and held residencies at the world’s largest club, Privilege Ibiza, it seems like beat master Nora En Pure AKA Daniela Di Lillo is at the very pinnacle of the house/indie-dance scene.
Her latest EP ‘Don’t Look Back’ has amassed millions of streams since its release earlier in the year, with the collection of tunes being something of a throwback to the Nora En Pure that fans of earlier NEP would be well familiar with. Deep, dark beats with brighter melodies and more of a party vibe – it’s the recipe that has got her to where she is, and it’s arguably her best work so far.
Constantly touring, we finally got the chance to ask Danielle a few questions before she gets out here for Corona Sunsets Festival (info here) and The Pleasure Garden Festival (info here), check it out below:
I love playing in Australia! It’s a long way to travel, but it has a very special energy and people love to let go and dance, so it is well worth the distance. My roots are in South Africa, and the people are very similar so I feel somewhat at home when I visit Australia.
They really do give their all and they have no inhibitions. It’s really awesome to play for crowds that are so into the music. Especially Melbourne is usually quite a highlight.
It is the crowd… you can play at the most spectacular festival, but if the crowd isn’t into it, then it really doesn’t feel special at all. I work off of the crowd’s energy, which is the vital ingredient.
‘Tears In Your Eyes’ took a long time to perfect, as there were a few other versions before it was released, but I felt like that would be a really special track from beginning. But normally I just try to find a balance between characteristic Nora En Pure sounds that love and also somehow expect and something new that I’m curious to try.
I wouldn’t say that I am used to it. There are shows that stick out with electric atmospheres and others that are less energetic. When you and the crowd are so connected and the vibe is massive, of course such moments will always blow my mind and it makes all the travel and sleepless nights well worth it.
Successful originals tend to feel more special as you created something from scratch. Remixing is more like just putting your stamp on something that is already great. But it’s always a nice challenge to work on remixes and an honour if big names ask you to work on their stuff.
Missing my family, friends and my dog! Home comforts are of course missed too, but it makes the time at home so special.
‘Don’t Look Back’ delves back into the earlier signature NEP sound and was a nice summer soundtrack with very feel-good tracks. The next EP will explore some different and deeper sounds again.
This year I have started doing some of my own Purified events, from Miami to Zürich and San Francisco, and NY is coming up next month. For next year we are planning more Purified events, and I will also continue to tour all over :). Beginning of the year a vocal single will come out that I am quite excited about. It follows a bit the lines of ‘Tears In Your Eyes’, but more to that in a few months ;-)