Meet Nikolai From; A very talented film school grad, Script Developer, and Writer originally from Europe, but now resides in Los Angeles, California.
“It's been an amazing opportunity to stay plugged into all the latest releases at the same time that I'm building my record collection (almost up to 700!) You can never have enough music in your life."
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
I hate people who say, "I listen to everything"... but I did. 90s trip-hop like Kruder & Dorfmeister and The Herbalizer, angsty rock by The Offspring and Rage Against the Machine, "big beat" electronica by The Prodigy and Basement Jaxx, rappers like Eminem and Ja Rule, and lots of Eurodance. Also Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Creed, and plenty of other garbage.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
An impossible question, but I'll go with Deltron 3030 and their self-titled album. It's one of the greatest concept albums of all time, the superior hip-hop counterpart to Rush's 2112. The skits are only long enough to illustrate a world of plucky outlaws and vigilantes navigating a media-addled galactic empire, without distracting you from amazing songs like "Virus", "Upgrade" and "Turbulence." The marriage of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien's cool and playful rhymes to Dan the Automator's spaced-out beats is something I return to again and again.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to and why?
Synthwave megastars FM-84 and The Midnight played their second-ever live show at the Globe Theater in L.A. back in November 2017, and it was a magnificent night of '80s music with amazing live synth work, heavenly singers, and rad saxophone solos. An unforgettable experience.
What is the last song you listened to?
As I type this response I'm listening to La Calatrava by Parov Stelar, the godfather of Electro-Swing music. I went crazy for his tunes back in my speakeasy/dirty martini phase.
How did the playlist come to be?
I've been using Spotify since the U.S. beta in 2011, and "Get to Dancin'!" began life as my go-to party playlist, almost entirely hip-hop: Big Sean, Lloyd Banks, Jay-Z, Kanye, etc. Then I noticed it began attracting a bunch of followers, several thousand over the course of a few months.
Then, about four or five years ago, I was contacted by Nina D'Eramo at UMG Nashville with some song recommendations for the playlist. We're still collaborating to this day, and I've also established great partnerships with labels and PR groups like Ultra Music, Big Management, Be Yourself Music and Second Nature PR, among many others.
Now I'm never short on new songs, and I refresh my playlist's top 9 every #NewMusicFriday -- in other words, I'm posting over 500 handpicked new tracks every year! There's still plenty of hip-hop, along with trap music, EDM, and whatever else sounds great for a dance floor.