Nora En Pure, born Daniela Niederer, discovered electronic music while studying criminal justice in college nearly a decade ago and fell in love, rocketing into a constellation of stars playing Coachella and Tomorrowland, both last year. Known for soft, springtime synths and warm piano chords in her tech and deep house productions, the South African-Swiss DJ also takes the helm of a new weekly Sirius XM Chill Channel radio show this year called Purified.
Austin Chronicle: How has your approach to DJ’ing changed since you started?
Nora En Pure: Sometimes, when I check back on old sets of mine, I wonder what the heck I was thinking! In terms of DJ’ing, I have phases. Presently, I’m becoming a bit stricter with my approach, as I used to really try to adapt my set to the audience. Now, I’m pushing a bit more what I want to play and feel really fits.
AC: So many DJs and producers grew up going to raves or warehouse parties. Did you have a local scene?
NEP: When I was very young, I listened more to rock music, but at home there was also a lot of classical music. I got into electronic music pretty late, but I was hooked to its energy and creative freedom. I enjoy the link between electronic music and classical instruments, so still now I’m really inspired by soundtracks and composers like Hans Zimmer.
AC: Has your dedicated following affected or changed your artistic vision at all?
NEP: I do keep it in the back of my mind to maintain my signature sound. We try to spread these warm melodies with punchy basslines. Of course it’s tempting to try different things! I like darker music as well. I enjoy groovy, melodic, tech house as well, so it’s nice to experiment in my releases like “Trailblazer.” Keep things fresh, but also keep pushing the sound people know and love.
Fri., March 2, 10pm