The ‘jouneyman’ theory of taking crowds on a unique trip with his blend of deep, techy grooves and uplifting progressive styles is how Nick Stoynoff approaches performing sets for his audiences.
Raised in the Chicagoland area, Nick was exposed to many of the pioneers of house music at a young age. As a Chicago night club veteran, Nick has over ten years’ experience performing at many key venues in Chicago and the United States. In that time, he has been selected to open up for several notable acts such as Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, 16 Bit Lolitas, Gabriel & Dresden, and Matthew Dekay to name a few.
Balance Selections 171: Nick Stoynoff
1. ID – ID
2. Pig & Dan – What Am I Doing Here (Original Mix)
3. Julian Perez – Rubrum (Original Mix)
4. Nick Stoynoff – Shoyu (Original Mix)
5. BT – Fibonacci Sequence (Nick Stoynoff’s Low Rider Boot)
6. Nick Stoynoff – ESQ (Original Mix)
7. Jamez Presents Tatoine – Music (Nick Stoynoff’s 3am Acid Boot)
8. Nick Stoynoff – Midnight Snack Attack (Original Mix)
9. Audiojack, William Leftford – Psychoactive Pt. 2 feat. William Leftford (Extended Dub Version)
10. teamProgress – Symphonic Music (Sunrise Mix)
11. Steve Barnes – Cosmic Sandwich (Extended Mix)
12. Frankey & Sandrino – Rana (Original Mix)
13. Argy – High Priest (Original Mix)
14. Guy J – Modulator (Original Mix)
15. Walsh & Coutre – Hello Kilo (Tall Mix)
16. Matrix and Danny J – Vertigo (Goldtrix Remix)
17. Biogen – Halogen Continues (Original Mix)
Balance Selections Q+A
My last 3 releases:
1. Teej_Noff – Nema
2. Nick Stoynoff – X48
3. Nick Stoynoff – Deserve
What music did you listen to as a child?
My father is an accomplished clarinet player, specializing primarily in Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Iranian, and Balkan folk music. Incidentally, much of my musical exposure to that world and corresponding music is credited to him and being raised in each of those cultural and musical capacities. He’s even played with Yo-Yo Ma, among others. That coupled with being from a fairly artistic household paved much of my musical open mindedness and creative interests.
When was the first time that you realised that you liked electronic music?
The realisation was cemented on a school field trip, during which a good friend offered his copy of the Wipeout_Xl (1996 Release) soundtrack to listen to. Take a look at that tracklist and you’ll know why the rest is history!:-)
When was the first time you saw a DJ in a club?
The first time I ‘experienced’ a DJ in a club was seeing Steve Lawler back in 2008, at Vision Nightclub here in Chicago. He played an extended 8 hour set, taking the entire room on a journey, deep into the abyss. A proper first outing!
Which producers/artists/acts inspire you?
I owe a lot to artists like Paul Oakenfold, Royksopp, Zero 7 and many others. The reason these three are mentioned is because I can distinctly remember having formative, musically changing moments, with each. Either through listening to CDR’s of Oakenfold’s 98-99 Essential Mix tour, the esoteric and immensely beautiful soundscapes of Royksopp, and or the gorgeous and heartwarming music of Zero 7, each has shaped me in some meaningful way.
What was the last album that you downloaded/bought?
L’Impératrice – Tako Tsubo. Stumbled on this album and was instantly blown away. Exceptional writing, playing, and the mixing is superb. (Mixed by Neal Pogue)
What is your current production and DJ set up like?
Honestly, the setup with everything these days is mostly in the box. I have downsized my studio considerably. Most of that is a product of just knowing more of what I want/need and how to achieve a lot of those outcomes, within the box. Dj wise, I am in a hybrid live setup with Ableton and a few controllers. As far as favorite synths go, my Ensoniq- ESQ – 1.
What releases do you have on the horizon?
Not too much in the way of gigs. However, I have been hard at work doing a remix for Mozez, from Zero 7. Really excited to wrap this one up soon.
Where can we hear you perform?
TBD! I’ll be rebooting my ‘Noff’ podcast soon, so be on the lookout!
Tell us more about the podcast you made for Balance?
It goes without saying, being able to provide a guest mix for the Balance series is an immense honour. I deeply respect everything the label has done and the artists it has featured. I approached the mix by including some exclusive works of mine while trying to showcase various influences.
One track I would like to call out, for sentimental reasons as well, is Walsh & Coutre’s ‘Hello Kilo’ (Tall Mix).
Hopefully you enjoy the mix as much as I enjoyed making it!
The top track in my DJ wallet currently is:
Omid 16b – Yellow (Single Version)
If I could recommend only one of my tracks for you to listen to it would be:
Albion – Air (Nick Stoynoff’s Warped Summer Boot)
If I could recommend only one track for you to listen to it would be:
Royksopp – Monument
The last movie I watched that I really liked:
My favourite TV show: