Nytrix introduced himself to the EDM scene last year with the pulsing, vibrant track “Take Me Higher.”
Now, his newest single has him collaborating with a musician he admits to having real admiration for - Dev, who is no stranger to the charts with her own work, as well as on huge tracks with Far East Movement and The Cataracs.
Nytrix’s colorful production skills, combined with Dev’s sassy, confident lyrics, make for an addicting mix in “Electric Walk.” The video suits the song’s backstory - underground city nightlife featuring characters sporting unique styles and wild hair, neon blue and pink electric currents, and cuts that are just fast enough to make sure you’re paying attention.
I recently caught up with the 22-year-old artist to talk about his creative process, his love for Dev, and his plans for the rest of 2016.
PopWrapped: How long have you been in music?
Nytrix: I’ve been in music since I was 5. I moved out to L.A. when I was 17, right after high school. I self-taught myself how to produce and write melodies.
PW: What drew you to EDM?
Nytrix: I’ve always been into dance music and pop, but pop that had more electro to it. When I first moved to L.A., some of the first albums I remember buying and listening to when I couldn’t sleep at night were Deadmau5, older Calvin Harris records - before he had big songs on the radio. It was really weird electro music, but so cool and creative. When I was getting into music, I was really attracted to electro at first. For awhile, I wasn’t able to do things that I wanted to do, but now I write and produce everything I put out. I get to do whatever I want, express different sides of myself through electro music.
PW: That must feel really freeing.
Nytrix: It’s cool, because I see a lot of songs before I even hear them. There’s a video I have called “Adrenaline” - it’s an underground fight club kind of thing. One of the characters in it is a continuation from “Take Me Higher,” one of the people I created in my lab in [that video]. I saw the whole [“Adrenaline”] video in my head and thought, ‘What would that sound like?’ I worked on a track that resembled that.
PW: Tell me about “Electric Walk” and how that came about.
Nytrix: For “Electric Walk.” before I even made the beat, I thought, what if there was a girl who was really reserved, very introverted, but when she walks back to her apartment and takes off her clothes, she’s covered in tattoos and has purple hair and tattoos everywhere. She’s just this total badass, and when she steps back out at night, she can be her true self. When you watch the video, you see all these really different people.
As I was doing this song - originally, it was an instrumental - I was like. ‘Oh my God, Dev has to be on this song.’ I am, by far, her biggest fan. I’ve gone to a couple of her shows in L.A. She’s just so cool. There’s no one cooler than Dev, in my mind. I wanted that energy that she brought to “Bass Down Low” and “Booty Bounce.” I wanted her to write really sassy [lyrics] on it. I reached out to her management; they really loved the beat. It’s different from everything out in EDM right now. This is its own sound - tech house, kind of.
PW: Favorite artists?
Nytrix: I’ve always been a huge Calvin Harris fan. David Guetta, Rehab, Burns, Ciara, Alexandra Stan, Janet Jackson.
PW: Are you doing any shows right now?
Nytrix: Gearing up to. I want to build some really strong content first, as opposed to having one single. Sometimes when you only have one song out, it’s really hard for people to see you in different ways. If you put out a song that’s totally different, everyone is like, ‘Whoa, that’s not how it’s supposed to be.’ The next track I’m working on is way more melodic. I’m doing a little bit of everything right now, seeing what people respond to. I put out a track every month or two months.
PW: What are you excited to do this year (that you can tell me)?
Nytrix: I’m excited to just keep making the things that I’ve been making. It’s been a lot of work - probably 24 hours a day. I direct, cut, and edit my own videos, so even during that, I’m working on the next track, and the next. And then reaching out to different DJs to do remixes and support it; a lot of them are from all over the world. I’m looking forward to releasing more music that I have. There are three and a half tracks in the works at the moment; one of them is another collaboration. I’m also excited to do some shows over the summer.
PW: Is this collaboration someone that you admired or have been a huge fan of?
Nytrix: It is, yes. It’s none of the names I listed, though. [laughs]
PW: What’s a song you wish you’d come up with yourself?
Nytrix: Immediately, I always think of “Turn Up The Music” by Chris Brown. I remember hearing that and sighing, ‘I can’t believe I didn’t think of that.’ From melodies to production to video...the whole thing.
PW: What’s a music video that inspires you?
Nytrix: Avicii’s “Addicted To You.”
PW: A lyric or quote that means a lot to you?
Nytrix: It’s never too late to be what you might have been.
Thank you, Nytrix, for taking the time to chat.