Locals: MAMO

Where can we find your music?

Who are you? How old are you?

I’m Nick aka MAMO , a 21 year old DJ currently based in The Netherlands and Chile perusing a degree in International Business at Maastricht University.

How many months/ years have you been Djing / producing?

Ive been playing for almost 8 years now, however, my style has had a drastic change since the beginning. At the start of my career, at the age of 13 my confidence developed by playing relatively commercial at private and teen events. I very quickly became bored of playing anthems and hits and my style turned to house and Tech House where I curated my sound till the age of 18. It was only until covid hit and my motivation towards DJ’ing dipped that I knew I had to do something to re-ignite the spark. Shortly after I moved to the Netherlands and experienced my first proper rave featuring Stan Christ at Complex… and that was my turning point towards Hard Techno. Pure energy!

Mention an artist that inspired you to become a DJ/producer?

I’ve always had an interest in music ever since I could remember. I would spend my childhood Infront of the TV watching Trace and MTV constantly watching all sorts of music videos from Calvin Harris to David Guetta, However when I was 10 years old I discovered this young up and coming DJ called Martin Garrix and my best friend and I would play his sets on repeat. I must say, I’ve always been fascinated with the greats; Carl Cox, Solomun and Fat Boy Slim to name a few and I think it was those that influenced my sound. I do believe during my Techno sets I still incorporate some elements of my previous music style.

Is there a local artist that you look up to and love to see play at events?

Carl Bee is defiantly I pioneer in our local scene. Raw talent both from a production and a DJ perspective.

What skills do you think DJs need to be successful?

I think the most important skill of being a DJ apart from technique has to be how to read a crowd… It is useless playing peak-time bangers in a warmup set. Additionally, an important element for DJs to be successful has to be networking. You could be the most talented bedroom DJ in the world but if you do not know how to socialize it would make it that much harder to become successful.

How do you stay up to date with the latest music trends?

I’m a big fan of listening to sets and podcasts on SoundCloud. I also love to go to raves in The Netherlands, so there is an abundance of inspiration for my sound.

What would you say is the most rewarding part of being a DJ?

ENERGY… Its what keeps me playing time and time again.