How was 2019 for you?
Oded Nir: 2019 has been a fantastic year. I released my second solo album, Rooftop Conversations, in April, along with the singles and remix packages that came before and after it, and I have done a big round of gigs throughout the year as a solo act (DJ- live bass) and with my live band. I’ve also gained more residencies in Amsterdam, and I performed in London for the first time (iCulture party), which was all very exciting for me. It was a year of changes in my career and my personal life. I’m very grateful for the blessings I received and the opportunity I have of reaching people around the world with my music.
The year started with the release of “Amsterdam Nights,” [which was] the first single out of my new album, which started a hectic year of releases, post-production, interviews and performances. Very exciting times, which followed with the release of my album, Rooftop Conversations. It was just heartwarming to see the responses to it. The album release party at Madam/ Adam Toren Amsterdam was a very special night, a celebration of a year of hard work and all the artists came to perform alongside my good DJ friends DJs Richard Earnshaw, Steve Taylor and Mike Scot.
Also my ADE 2019 live band performance during iCulture, Suntree Records & Panorama night in Madam/Adam Toren was unforgettable for us. The dance floor was full early in the night and everyone was dancing with us. We felt the love of music in the air and we carried away with the crowd for an hour; it was fantastic and my best ADE experience ever. And I have also founded Suntree’s publishing, which is handling all mine and Suntree’s artists publishing rights.
Three weeks before my album release party I had a bicycle accident in the streets of Amsterdam. I flew up in the air and landed on my arm and fractured my left elbow. I wasn’t sure I could perform with my bass guitar on my scheduled gigs, but more important on my own album release party. I think there is nothing more scary for an artist then to lose his ability to use his craft. Luckily it was a small crack. After intensive physiotherapy, I was able to perform at my album release party.
The year was very intensive and took a heavy toll on my personal life. I performed a lot of weekends and also traveled for gigs and didn’t have much time for myself or to rest. So I’m going to make room for me this year!
Song of the year?
Although it was released in the last month of 2018, for me Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” (Purple Disco Machine Remix) is the track choice of 2019! I discovered it a bit late and I think it’s just a brilliant production. I closed my ADE 2019 live show with it. This track always makes the floor go crazy!
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
“Nothing Brave comes out comfortability.”