Where It Started: Nitepunk

Your passion and love for music can start at any age. That’s something that hangs in curiosity for many fans. What did this person listen to when they were younger? Who influenced them?

The ‘Where It Started’ series is a platform for artists of all kinds to speak on the anthems that raised them to be who they are now.

Meet Nitepunk: The artist’s journey began in his homeland of Georgia, where he built a community for ravers while surrounded by mountain villages and Black Sea beaches. However, Nitepunk knew there was something bigger in store for himself and his future in music. He packed his bags and headed to New York on a tourist visa, where he faced numerous trials and tribulations in pursuit of his passion for creating music. This is where the story begins for his debut album “HUMAN.” In order to perfectly capture the moment, we had the honor of learning Where it started with Nitepunk.

“All the records in this playlist are the records I’ve had on repeat since high school or even before. Things that by themselves could trigger some feelings inside me. Without any influence, I just felt they were really special records, and the ideas, intentions, and inspirations were really pure. They always held a lot of value for me and were super inspirational going forward into my life as a producer and an artist. 

‘Deep Forest’ was the first song that I remember being played in my dad’s car. The drums, the breaks, and the environment just triggered something inside me. I was immediately attracted to it even though I was only four. I was already seeing beautiful shapes, colors, and textures when I was listening to this song. It was so pretty in my mind that I was instantly in love with the song. 

Growing up I didn’t spend much time with my dad, so ‘Deep Forest’ reminded me of him, but more importantly, reminded me of who or what I was. It would bring me back to my core. It’s very personal to me. 

Then growing up, Timbaland’s production had a huge impact on me. Some of his records were instant favorites like his work with Justin Timberlake. It put the quality and genius of his production right in front of me, I knew it was special. I grew up as a dancer and Timbaland’s songs were the best thing to dance to. The connection between the movement and the records was strong and really inspired my musical fantasy growing up. 

I was exposed to The Prodigy at a very early age, and they were just completely separate entities to me musically. Honestly I was pretty scared of them, but that fear moved something inside of me and I was more attracted to them because of that. The world behind the prodigy was so big in my mind that I could spend days there. I was just feeling the danger from their music to my core. They hold a very special place in my taste and what I stand for. 

The most important thing I learned from all the artists in this playlist is that they are not afraid to experiment with every direction in music, and purely express themselves through all kinds of sounds and energies whether it’s something hardcore or very soft and beautiful.”

– Nitepunk