Coming at us from reaches of the cosmos once thought too distant for human life niceFingers has recently come forth with their latest additive to the musical world. This gift being in the form of ‘ImagiNative’ is something no earthling could have predicted. We brought you this release a few weeks back and a certain few of us over here at The Dankles have been caught in this illustrious web woven by the talented musical duo. Taking us on an other worldly yet tropical journey through both time and space; niceFingers fuels our travels with bubbling bass lines and dazzlingly synths that are sure to leave you drifting out there beyond the stars. Luckily enough we were able to get ahold of these beings of the future to chat them up a bit, see what they are all about, and maybe even see what they have up their sleeves for 2013!
TD: Plain and simple to get things rolling, can you tell us a little about yourselves (Name, age, where you’re from, etc) to familiarize the unknowing viewers out there?
niceFingers: Nick Waterhouse and Dave Schneider. We are both 25 (birthdays are a day apart) and grew up together in Cleveland, Ohio. Dave has been in LA for about a year and a half and Nick for about a year.
TD: How did you two wind up getting into the music scene in the first place? This isn’t your first project is it?
nF: We both grew up playing instruments, Nick played piano and hand percussion and Dave guitar. Around 2010 we discovered midi and Reason which we both started dabbling in. NiceFingers came about shortly after we discovered Ableton and began writing tracks. As the interest in EDM grew we started DJing weekly parties in Ohio. In 2011, Nick moved to China for a year and this is where we really started pumping out tracks. We would each start writing a track and then trade digitally. We ended up writing about 10 tracks this way and released these as the “Intercontinental Beat Collection”.
TD: What about joining forces to produce, how’d that come about?
nF: We grew up together and have always shared a similar interest in the kinds of music we loved. After college, we were living together and one thing lead to another.
TD: What kind of influences pushed you guys towards producing the kind of tunes you do today?
nF: At a younger age we were really influenced by blues based classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. The use of synthesizers and organs to create atmospheres provided an early taste of what we would love about electronic music. It has a certain fullness to it that other genres are unable to match. At the same time growing up in the nineties we were also heavily influenced by hip-hop and reggae, which provided our fascination with beats and bass lines. We listen to and love everything and anything but are particularly drawn to music that creates a strong emotional response in the listener.
TD: What would you say is your guys’ goal ultimately when pushing out these tunes and sharing them with the world?
nF: Our goal is just to create and share. We both love playing live and are working on creating a really unique live show so we can share niceFingers on a larger yet more personal scale. We are working with Street Ritual to manage our booking and are looking forward to playing out as much as possible this spring and summer.
TD: We just saw the release of ‘ImagiNative’ a few weeks ago, having this been your first release in awhile was there anything extra special that went into this one?
nF: We spent a ton of time on this release. It was our first release with Street Ritual and we got to work with Jillian Ann, which we were really excited about. We also had a theme to this EP. If you look at the artwork and the overall sound of the EP, it has a pretty clear spacey tropical island feel and we really worked hard to preserve that theme.
TD: If you could chose one producer to collaborate on a track with who would it be?
nF: That’s a tough one because there are literally probably hundreds that we would love to work with. If we had to pick one right now, maybe ill. Gates because we have learned so much from him already and he’s a really funny guy.
TD: This has become a pretty standard question of ours, what kind of equipment/software do you sit down with to produce in the studio? What about in a live show setting?
nF: – In the studio we use Ableton Live, a bunch of VSTs and electric guitar.
– Live we currently use Ableton Live, two laptops and two trigger fingers into a mixer but we will soon be adding midi keyboards and live guitar.
TD: What are a few things you guys like to do aside from churning out dreamy glitched out lullabies?
nF: Lodi Dodi, we likes to Party… Living in Cali we are lucky to get to chill at the beach on the regular. We also love anything to do with mountains from hiking and camping to skiing / snowboarding.
TD: Do either of you have a go to producer when it comes to the times of kickin’ back and lounging?
nF: We both really like Bluetech, Bonobo and Emancipator. We constantly are on the search for new tunes but those three will always make the rotation when relaxing.
TD: Having just dove in to 2013 what are your plans for the upcoming months?
nF: We are really focusing on our live show now and hope to have a strong festie season. Another EP / Album will also be in the works plus a few collabs that we are really excited about.
TD: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, any last words for those people out there on the other side?
nF: We are beyond stoked about the amount of support we have been getting on this project and are really excited to share more with all of you. See you on the road!
Last time you attended a show you didn’t play? – Break Science and Continuum last Thursday.
Last time eating something unusual? – Habenero pepper from this farm when traveling in Israel, regretted it for days.
Last CD/vinyl you bought? – New Eskmo
Last track you listened to? – Merlion – Emancipator
Last impressive music video you watched? – Until the Quiet Comes – Flying Lotus