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INTERVIEW: Nicole Fiallo debuts on Unlearn Records with a two-track EP

Cuban-American producer and DJ Nicole Fiallo debuts on Doc Brown's Unlearn Records with a two-track EP of hard, undulating tech-house beats.

With a flair for tech house groovers and funky house flavors, her energetic and fresh approach has marked her as one of the most exciting new artists to emerge on the scene.

'Gimme Gimme'/'I Wanna Jack' further establishes her as a real note producer, with both cuts boasting fierce bass lines, crisp percussion and infectious beats.

We have had the pleasure of interviewing her and this has been the result.

Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?

I was born and raised in Miami, FL. I started DJing back in 2011 and began learning about music production in 2014. My mom is definitely my greatest musical influence. From a young age, I was constantly surrounded by music, specifically her favorites: salsa, merengue, freestyle and disco. I remember always having a special kind of love and passion for music, and DJing opened a whole new way for me to creatively express that. How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now? My approach to my sound is different from a lot of artists. I enjoy a classic house tune just as much as I enjoy a tech house banger and I never allow myself to be bogged down by the ‘you can only create one type of sound’ stigma. I think creating music is certainly an art form and an artist should never be limited to what they can create and how they can create it, and each time I sit down in the studio to start something new, I keep that in mind and just let my creativity take control. As far as mixing goes, I definitely love to get down to some funky, grooving house or some jackin’ tech house. Some of my favorite artists at the moment, and for some time now, include: Sam Divine, David Penn, Earth n Days, and Louie Vega on the house side; Loco Dice, George Privatti, Guille Placencia, and Dennis Cruz on the tech house side; and in terms of emerging artists, I am definitely a huge fan of Amy Lauren, William Deep, GAGH, Tony Metric, and Claudia Tejeda - they have all been great influences for me in these early stages of my career.

How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners? I feel like my music catalog really has a little bit of everything for everyone, production wise and even mixing wise, and I love that I can influence so many different people like this. If you’re in the mood for some feel good house, I’ve got something for you; if you’re in the mood for some grooving tech house, I’ve got something for you, too; and if you feel like raging to some bass heavy hitters, I’ve got you covered, as well. What projects are you working on right now? I’ve got some great collabs in the works with colleagues and producers from all over the world: Spain, Mexico, England, here in the US, and in Norway. As well as a couple remixes and solo productions I’ve got lined up through the end of the year. I’ve also got some new #ClassicJamEdits in the works, which is a series of free download edits I started back in 2020 where I rework “classic” songs from all genres and eras of music. Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound? Definitely. I enjoy pushing boundaries and being different. I also feel like the music culture as a whole has changed and has become more accepting of “different”. We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity? I don’t think so. I think, if anything, it’s created a whole new world of endless possibilities. We are living in a time where there are SO many resources at our fingertips and a lot of magic can happen if we choose to use them the right way. What else do you have coming up? I have a couple more releases lined up for this first half of the year, with a real special release launching in June on one of my favorite labels (no spoilers - hehe). As well as other pending projects I’m hoping to get signed for the second half the year.


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