"I always knew I wanted to be a DJ" - Nancy Movs

Nancy Movs

Nancy Movsisyan (Nancy Movs) is an electronic music producer and DJ from Yerevan, Armenia. In the beginning of her career, she was DJing and hosting podcasts in the European underground scene. In 2014, she began performing in Armenia and became one of the key figures of Yerevan’s Techno scene. In 2019, she played a killer set for “Boiler Room Yerevan'' which got wide-spread media attention.

She is known for her seamless transitions between the tracks, and for playing an Acid techno sound (a genre of techno with a squelched synthesizer). She has performed at the Echowaves and Ahoora festivals. She also played at the official Independence Day event of Armenia both in 2018 and in 2019. She is a talented, passionate, and creative music-lover who creates Techno sounds that are exciting in the current age. 

What kind of music did you listen to when you were a child? Who were your early music influences?
Logically, people from different generations would have different tastes in music but that was not my case. When I was a child, I listened to the same music as my parents did. Since my parents are electronic music-lovers, I was exposed to that kind of music at a very young age. The more I got to know about electronic music, the more passionate I became about it. Growing up in the 90's meant that I was listening to a lot of acid house, "BRUK"(broken beat) and, of course, Detroit techno. I honestly cannot choose one. I have different favorites and they all remain to be my favorites through the years and even through the decades.

How did you get started DJing and producing? 
I always knew I wanted to be a DJ, but looking back I see I had no real idea how I could achieve that goal. I didn’t know what I was supposed to learn or what I should focus my time on. It took a good two years of solid practice before I even thought about seeking a club gig. My professional DJ career started around 2010 with European club parties.

What makes a good DJ to you?
The emotional connection to the audience.

What equipment do you use for producing? 
Almost as important as my DAW (Ableton) is my MIDI controllers. I use both.

What is your favorite part about playing live?
The way the music visibly touches people.

Are there any challenges being a female DJ and producer? 
Things are a lot better than they were in the 80's or in the 90's, but, unfortunately, art that is made by women and by men are valued differently. Today women are underrepresented and undervalued. It took me quite a long time to develop in the Armenian underground scene. Around the world there are countless examples of women rising, and I hope that our country will have the same very soon.

How do you stay creative and inspired? Do you have other creative hobbies? 
I am open to new ideas. The magic of new beginnings is truly the most powerful inspiration of them all. I know exactly what I want, and, of course, I never stop listening to the music that I feel inside of me. My hobby is drawing. I can express my thoughts through drawing, and I can do it anywhere I am as long as I have only two things: a pencil and paper.

For people who know nothing about Techno. What are 2 Techno tracks everyone should listen to to get started?
Well, I'll pick absolute classics from the 90's.
Circuit Breaker - “Overkill (Original Mix)” [1991]
Analog Confusion – “Flying 808 (Original Mix)” [1998]

Final advice for beginning artists, DJs, and producers? 
Learning to DJ is not an easy route. It takes time and hard work. Do not be afraid of failure. It is an essential part of the process that will get you to success. Nothing can substitute experience. Take risks, be brave...

Interview by Hannah Kazanjian Brewster