Nadia Struiwigh is all about energy and when she plays. Her own energy, that which she gets off the crowd, and the energy of any given space are what determine where she goes. She likes to get people into a bubble and keep them there; to play to the weirdos in the dark corners of a room and thread together emo sounds that connect with people’s everyday emotions. Whether that’s with techno, ambient or experimental is hard to say, because it all depends on what she feels at any given time.
When playing live, this Dutch artist feels detached from her consciousness and instead riding on her own inner flow. She shares stories that come from deep inside of her and are based on her own memories and inspiration. Once translated into sound, they become narratives common to many of us and take listeners deep into their own psyche. As hippie as that may sound, Nadia is also a technical nerd who deeply analyses everything she does, and so by now can truly convey herself through her Korg, Moog and Sculpt synths.
For as long as she can remember, Nadia’s head has been lost in music, floating on melodies, analysing sound and trying to understand why it has such a profound impact on us. She felt it was her calling to take it to the next level. “Life is like a melody to me, a harmony. I really can’t express myself with words so music is my main language,” she says.
Since 2009 she has been making music like some people write a diary – daily sessions to capture what she is feeling at any given time. As long as the ideas flow freely, she continues to make tracks that are often steeped in distortion, with occult lullabies, crunchy textures and a melancholic air. If it feels forced, she stops. Making music is a way for her to reset and clear her mind. Sharing it is a way to find out if other people feel the same way and understand the hidden messages within it.
This approach has already given rise to two albums – Lenticular on Central Processing Unit in 2017, and WHRRu on Denovali in 2018, and Pax Aurora in 2021. Next to this, her experiments in sound healing continue, and her work with Tibetan singing bowls is soon to make its way into her live shows. Right now, then, Nadia Struiwigh is one of the most fascinating voices in electronic music.