Nicole Moudaber loves to keep moving. Everything about the DJ, producer and label boss evokes constant motion, from her propulsive, percussive music to her trademark mane of raven hair, which shakes as she DJs as if blown by its own wind. Even when not behind the decks, in the studio, or plotting her next festival stage takeover, she’s behind the wheel of a sports car, substituting beats-per-minute for miles-per-hour.
But even for the multitasking mother of Mood Records, 2018 was especially hectic.
In 2013, Moudaber launched Mood Records with her own ‘In The Mood’: a slinky floor-filler with a sassy vocal hook — “I’m in the mood; you know you want it” — that nodded to her late nights at Trade. She also released her debut album, ‘Believe’, on Adam Beyer’s prestigious Drumcode label, cementing her status as a rising star with a set that added new colors to her palette, from the slow tech-house grooves of ‘Big Love With No Apology’ to the pattering, melodic synths of the beguiling ‘Lumiére Tamisée’.
Nicole Moudaber is hooked on adrenaline. As a DJ, producer, label owner and promoter, she’s created a huge fan-base thanks to a constant schedule of parties, radio shows and releases on her Mood imprint. She’s also a professional racing car driver who has stunned her team-mates with her concentration, fast learning and fearlessness behind the wheel — transferable talents honed in the DJ booth.
Nicole Moudaber has been an unstoppable force in techno over the last five years but her relationship with Ibiza has been immovable for far, far longer. She’s been clubbing here for what she describes as “forever” and has put down roots on the island almost every summer since 2000. We meet up with her to find out what keeps her coming back...
WORDS: Charlotte Lucy Cijffers