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Fresh from finishing a tour of Europe, Nicole Moudaber is prepping her forthcoming collaborative release on Drumcode with Victor Calderone, as well as a further union with Danny Tenaglia. They’re bound to be big room, dark, funky techno tracks with tribal twists and dashes of vocals, the exact same flavour she’s become famous for smashing on the dancefloors. As someone who has been very much a part of dance music since the ’90s, promoting and managing parties and DJs, it’s perfectly fitting to find her now as a force of her own. She may live in London, but her second home is Ibiza, a place that, like the rest of us, she fell in love with, just over 10 years ago. Passionate about singers and songwriters, Nicole’s Lucky 7 makes for a heartfelt selection…


Words: HELENE STOKES


What’s the track that sums up your childhood?


“I was a big fan of French artists. Dalida. I don’t know if you’ve heard of her, she’s a massive Italian/French artist. I remember I used to always listen to her and imitate her, go to her concerts. “Another one is Veronique Sanson. I had a French upbringing. I didn’t really live with my parents when I was a kid, I was always with my grandparents and my aunt. I had a young aunt who was a fan of Dalida… and she used to always imitate her and so I did that, too. The track would be ‘Gigi L’Amoroso’.”


What’s the first record that you ever bought?


“Wow. That would definitely be a Fela Kuti record, ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ — the Afrobeat, mega Nigerian artist — followed by lots of Donna Summer and Aretha Franklin, and lots of funk and soul. “Fela Kuti died a few years ago, and when I went to Lagos back in April with my dad, I met his son Seun Kuti, and I’m actually trying to nail one of his vocals on one of my records.”


What’s the most embarrassing record in your collection?


“Some trance shit. I used to be into trance a little bit, back in the ’90s. I have loads of cheesy trance records. I don’t wanna say that! Maybe ‘I Need A Miracle’ or the Paul Oakenfold one. I liked my trance, I hate it now, but I did play it. Then I switched to prog. It was quite nice and uplifting.”


What’s the track that’s guaranteed to make you cry?


“That would be a Jacques Brel record. He’s a Belgian singer/songwriter. A lot of major artists have worked with him, like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Nina Simone. That record is called ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’, which means ‘Don’t Leave Me’, that makes me cry. Definitely when I first heard it, I was in my teens, I was quite emotional, quite melancholic.”


What album are you currently into?


“Oh my god, I just downloaded three albums of Concha Buika. She sings flamenco with


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jazz fusion. Incredible singer. There’s one that I really recommend called ‘Mi Nina Lola’, and one of her tracks, called ‘La Boheme’, was featured in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the Woody Allen film. It’s perfect afternoon listening. I do like to switch off and listen to flamenco, it’s quite intense and passionate.”


What’s the most valuable record in your collection?


“Lots of my collection is in storage, I need to pull them out. I remember the ones that I really value are all the albums of Mylene Farmer, because she really took my attention when I was growing up. You could say she was like the Madonna of the French culture. She really impressed me and the meanings of her songs were incredible. Obviously I could relate to her.”


What’s your all-time favourite track of all-time?


“Definitely ‘The Show Must Go On’ by Queen. I’ve had my ups and downs, and I always remember that song. Because sometimes, I have to carry on and do my thing. Recently, I lost my father and I had to perform, and that is pretty intense, and that track is a reminder of the reality that I’m in right now. “I was talking to Carl Cox about it, and I was in that moment and I was about to


perform, and my dad had just passed away, and he was giving me an example of Michael Schumacher, whose mum died in the middle of the race and he knew about it, and he actually won that race.”


Nicole Moudaber


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