INTERVIEW: NYXEN



Sydney-based electronic artist Nyxen releases her new single ‘Silence In Motion’ out now via BMG/Tank Top Records. The single serves as the second track off Nyxen’s forthcoming debut album, PNXK (punk), set to be released Friday, July 1 and available now for pre-order here.

A futuristic take on 80s synth-pop, ‘Silence In Motion’ is driven by hazy reverberated vocals, thumping basslines, and organic percussion. Through a mesmerizing blend of new wave and glam rock, the second single off Nyxen’s upcoming album synthesizes Nyxen’s unique sound and further establishes her as an artist to watch this year. ‘Silence In Motion’ arrives on the heels of the project’s titular track ‘PXNK’ (punk).


Nyxen describes the track as “a fast paced journey into what it feels like to be an outsider. An introverted, over-thinker, idolizing the freedom and confidence they see in the people around them, wanting that for themselves.” Nyxen added, “‘Silence In Motion’ felt fitting as a name, the silence of erratic thoughts speeding through your mind, the silent movement of people you cross paths with and the effects of unspoken words as you move through time.”


Known for her intricate synth work and guitar-driven production, Nyxen has carved a unique space for herself at the intersection of dance, indie, and pop music. First emerging on the scene in 2015, Nyxen has used her revolutionary sound to amass millions of streams and garner a dedicated following. As one of Australia’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Nyxen has had multiple songs added to Triple J rotation of early releases ‘Running’ and ‘In The City,’ and recent additions ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Red P Plates.’ A force within Australia’s music scene, Nyxen has sold out her own headline shows and supported the likes of Golden Features and Crooked Colours.


Exploring ‘80s influences and instrumentation for the creative direction of her anticipated debut album PXNK (punk), Nyxen continues to forge a unique, refined sound. “The direction of the album all started with ‘PXNK’, I had a name, a sound, and a vision for the body of work I wanted to put forward and it feels very fitting to guide the listener into the album the way I was guided into writing it,” Nyxen says about the album. Weaving deep, emotive electronic foundations with indie sensibilities and universally relatable lyrics, her music leaves its mark on her listeners with each and every release.


Nyxen invites you along for an emotional ride on ‘Silence In Motion,’ available on all streaming platforms on Friday, May 13th, with US tour dates coming in 2022.


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


I grew up in Sydney, Australia. I was always so curious of music, I remember most Saturday nights when I was young, my parents would get us in the car to do a loop of the city driving over the Anzac Bridge and Harbour Bridge, up the highway, listening to this radio show called the “Saturday Night Party Mix”, which played 90’s Eurodance and 80’s music. I think that’s where my love of 80’s music was formed, I’d stare at the city lights listening to these really electric songs.

I played a few instruments as a child, moving toward writing my own songs as I got older. After finishing school I was given ableton for my 18th birthday, fell down the rabbit hole and have yet to re-emerge.


How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?


My sound has evolved a lot, my earlier music was very different to what I’m currently making. It used to be very happy and carefree and now I think it’s a bit more moody and neon.

I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Haley Mary, Mr Floyd Larry, Perel, Gerry Rafferty along with staples in my music library New Order, Metric and Father John Misty. At the moment the music I’m writing is probably being influenced by those sounds.


How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?


That’s a tough question!

I’ll never really know how my music impacts listeners but I hope people interpret the songs to fit what they’re experiencing and really make them their own.

As a listener I’m always applying meaning to songs to fit my experiences. Songs can soundtrack a period of time in your life, when you listen back years later your mind travels back to when you made that song your own.

I hope my music becomes that soundtrack for someone.


What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?


I’m just about to release my first album PXNK (punk) on the 1st July, so I’m touring a bit in the lead up to that and have plans for even more touring once it’s out.

I was only releasing singles prior to this album, I definitely want to continue releasing long form projects moving forward. It’s a fun process, working on music that fits together and lives in its own world.



Where are you and what have you been doing now?


I’m in Sydney, Australia. Lately I’ve been touring with my live show, making up for lost time after the big Covid break and working on new music.


Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?


I’ve always been a big believer in if I make something and I like it, I’ll put it out.

If you think too much about all the external factors, you’re taking the fun and authenticity out of what you’re doing.


We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?


I think it’s increased creativity, there’s so much music available and so many artists out there doing different things. I love that we now have the ability to find artists beyond the charts, there’s nothing better than finding a hidden gem.


Can you tell us what your present and future projects are?


My latest single ‘Silence In Motion’ from my album PXNK (punk) has just come out, it’s a fast paced journey into what it feels like to be an outsider. An introverted, overthinker, idolising the freedom of confidence they see in the characters/ people around them, wanting that for themselves. It’s driven by my standard synth/ guitar combo and is one of my favourite tracks from the album.

I’m working on new music so hopefully album number two is on the horizon!


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