LABELS: DIYNAMIC / OBJEKTIVITY / JARGON!
Hailing from Jimbolia – a small town in Romania, Dani and Robert are the DJ and production duo who call themselves NTFO. Why NTFO? Well, before they started to create music, they used to perform as a DJ act in their hometown club “Dolce Vita”, each under a different moniker – NTQ (Dani) and Fort (Robert). After a few years of spinning the decks in clubs here and there, the boys knew they had to take a step further into the electronic music industry and so they decided to produce their own unique sound, the sound of colorful deep house music, the sound of NTFO. The name is simply a result of their former aliases combined, using two letters from each.
Bursting onto the scene in January 2010 with the release of their first vinyl album, their records began to fly higher than expected, landing in the hands of some of the world’s best electronic music producers: “Allure” caught the eye of the Diynamic chief, Solomun who later on added them to his DIY Agency, while “Troops” entered Marco Carola’s sets and “Filter” peaked at #2 on Richie Hawtin’s beatport chart in 2009. Spring blossomed with the release of a new EP, hooked with three original tracks and a remix of Czubala Marcin from 8 bit, when in autumn the pair contributed to H.O.S.H.’s “Cash the Chord” EP with their own remix of the track, besides Audiojack and 360.
2011 brings Rhadow into the picture along with the “Conclusions” EP released on Sintope Digital Records, however in February, together with Optick, NTFO signed “Tremble” at Sintope Vinyl. The EP encompassed remixes from Alex Piccini & Older, Mucky Pups and Rhadow. Even before its official launch, the material was already supported by leading names in the industry like Joseph Capriati, Loco Dice, Lauhaus, Audiojack, Butch and Tom Budden. As the fall came again, Dani and Robert threw a new track on Diynamic records, “Feelings” – perhaps one of their hottest, most loveable tracks until now.
In February 2012 the much-hyped duo produced another stupefying track, in collaboration with H.O.S.H. and Malonda. “High”, featured on Diynamic 055 obviously lifted them up, whereas with its 58th announcement, the Hamburg-based label presented a three-track “Various Artists” EP which exposed “Nobody Else” – a collab between NTFO and Netherlands export Karmon. With its bouncy bassline and rhythmic pulse highlighted by spherically playful notes, the melody takes you on a wonderful journey, casting a spell over your dancing soul.
With the beginning of 2013, NTFO haughtily announced the launch of a new label, Jargon, a sublabel for Sintope Digital. The imprint looks to further showcase the latter of underground music, creating a sound which Robert describes as “rather old-school house, or maybe even techno”. Moreover, this year the boys prepare “Slagare vol.4”, another outstanding EP in collaboration with Rhadow (due out in April). In spring we’ll also see the first drop on Jargon, besides another one of their top-notch productions for Diynamic.
Romania’s electronic music industry is growing and NTFO are flowering!
Keep an eye out for the two, they could be spinning around the country, or in Germany, the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland or even Brazil!
Hello NTFO! How Are You?
Hello there! All good thank you!
Please tell us a bit about your latest release “Porcupai EP” on Objectivity the label of Dennis Ferrer! How did you make it? Which synthesizers or drum computer do you used?
We did ‘Porcupai’ in December last year, during our winter vacation. It was made in 3-4 hours and we were very happy at the end, we knew it’s going to be signed on a very good label.
In January we sent the track to André Hommen (the A&R) and in short period they accept and here we are with the EP. As gear we didn’t used any analogic stuff we just did it via Reason Propellerhead.
I always strive to be out of the box with my music. I feel I have to bring originality back into the game.
It may sound pretty common – but I’m always looking for that unusual freaky combination of rhythms, sonic frequencies and styles.
Plus I always been a hip-hop head, so I’m bridging the gap between house/techno and hip-hop. Especially for Russian audience – a lot of them are still not aware about these common roots.
For myself spoken your track Metropolis that you produced together with Karmon is one of the outstanding tracks of the year! It’s a fantastic track and still for the dance floor, incredible! Where did you found this emotion?
Metropolis is one of our fav tracks so far and the whole EP was done in 3 days at Karmon’s studio. It just happen when we were all together and some magic happens there.
As part of the Diynamic team your life changed a lot, or? You’re touring around the globe, meeting a lot of people, seeing so many places around the world! But how is your life in Jimbolia? Does it changed also or is it still the same like before?
Yes our life’s changed a lot, we are into music 100% now, finally we built our studio and from now on the things are serious. The life is very cool here, nothing changed.
Once I was also in Romania and my experience was totally different to all other countries in the world I was visiting before. Did you never was thinking about to move to Hamburg, Berlin or maybe Barcelona? Wouldn’t it easier for your DJ career to live in Germany close to the Diynamic Team? Why do you still stay in your country?
We have in mind to change our location but so far we didn’t nothing in this way. Maybe would be good for us as flight connections to move in Germany or Spain… time will solve all.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Are you maybe working on an album?
We just came back from Karmon’s place.. we have something new in the pipe with him for 2015, then we have new EP almost done, but we don’t have a label in our mind.
An album will follow maybe at the end of next year but we are not 100% sure yet.
Collaborations for 2015 with Karmon and Forrest are almost ready, so stay tuned!
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by M.in