Our good mates from the XXX crew continue to push quality music into the atmosphere as they welcome Mytron for the 11th release, featuring Dreems and Nick Berlin (aka San Soda).

Mytron is best known for his excellent releases for the likes of Multi Culti, Les Yeux Orange and Feines Tier. Always managing to hit the sweet spot between intricate sound design and dance floor effectiveness. Next to a collaboration with Multi Culti chief Dreems, the 6-track package features a remix by San Soda under his Nick Berlin alias.

Reserved for Soda’s New Beat inspired production adventures, he delivers a sick interpretation of ‘Plaza’. XXX head honchos Bart and Michiel had a chat with Nick Berlin to mark the occasion, covering what he has been up to these last couple months and influences, among other things. So, without further ado, lets pass on the stick to the SHMLSS guys and get acquainted Nicolas and his wonderful remix..



Hi Nicolas… uh Nick, thanks for taking the time to have a small chat with us. Liquid Youth gave us the opportunity to premiere your remix through their channels. They also had some room to publish a Q&A with you… so here we go! Who is Nick Berlin?

It’s Max Erotic’s cousin.


What have you been up to during these strange times?

I’ve started a little record shop in Berlin together with my 2 buddies Gratts and Alex From Tokyo, we’re open every Wednesday afternoon so those in or passing through Berlin: come on by! In the same location we also set up a little vinyl hospital/ripping station where people can come to clean their vinyl records professionally and have them digitised and restored in high quality.

Apart from that I took graphic design classes and took a swing at designing a few sleeves for the reissues coming up on my label Music Take Me Up. Spent a little time in the studio too.


So let’s talk a moment about your upcoming release, and let’s start way back. How did you get into New Beat into the first place?

Mostly through digging for records in Belgium in the early 2000’s back when New Beat wasn’t taken very seriously by most of the DJ’s and collectors. Being interested mostly in House and Techno at the time, these New Beat records sounded a little quirky to me, I didn’t really know what to think of it. Only over time by connecting more and more dots in music history those records started to speak to me more.


Name your top 5 all time New Beat records.

Impossible to say but here’s a couple of favourites:
Shakti – Forbidden Dreams
Ei Mori – Vetettem Violat
In-D – Virgin In-D Sky’s
Major Problem – Acid Queen
LA Rolls – Fool Moon Roolz (Ata Remix)


So what made you decide to pick your new beat moniker – Nick Berlin up again?

If I’m not mistaking it was Max Erotic who came up with it or maybe we did together but I’m just a Nicolas living in Berlin and Nick Berlin sounded appropriate for the track that we wanted to put out so not that much thought went into it really 🙂


When you enter the studio as Nick Berlin, do you enter it with a completely different mindset then as you would enter the studio as San Soda?

I guess it’s a bit different – and perhaps easier – in that the Nick Berlin sound has a clear framework in which it is easier to achieve something coherent. The extensive San Soda discography of the last 5 years (sarcasm alert) is the result of me going into so many different directions that I haven’t been able to put together a decent and consistent EP. I know that I have to set myself limitations but I haven’t been able to practice what I preach. For Nick Berlin it’s different, I see/hear the goal of a track before I start putting it together which is different than having a – for me much too – blank canvas.


Do you also use different gear while working on a Nick Berlin production? And what gear did you use for this remix?

Yes, I definitely select the gear strategically, most of the Nick Berlin productions are based around the Roland R8 and Roland D50 with a lot of Alesis Midiverb reverb added. I’ll use an analog synth like the Roland Jupiter or MFB Dominion to add some sharpness to whole.


What made you decide to remix the Plaza track from the Mytron EP?

I thought it would be cool to slow down the vocals and build a kind of slow trance atmosphere around it.


Are there any artists nowadays that keep the New Beat spirit alive and if so who does it best?

Totally! I have to admit that I’m not following the scene very actively but names like Pinkman, Kris Baha, Nosedrip, Berceuse Heroique etc. definitely come to mind.


Besides the Mytron remix, are there more Nick Berlin releases coming up?

I’m working on a Nick Berlin EP to showcase a slightly wider range of sounds that I link with the Belgian New Beat era.


Could you take us a bit into the Club Belgique project?

It’s a party concept I started together with Max Erotic where we try to reintroduce some of the lost qualities of late 80’s/early 90’s clubbing in and around Belgium. Think dark dance floors with lots of smoke, laser shows, full range of BPMs, appropriate dress code etc. We start early, build it up slowly and try to tick all the boxes in Belgian’s club music history or invite guests to present their interpretation of “the sound of Belgium”.


We have 5 short questions for you to finish this interview, choose one answer.

-San Soda or Nick Berlin? Nicolas Geysens
-Berlin or Belgium? Belgium
-Producing or DJ-ing? DJ-ing
-Hosting a party of releasing a record? Releasing a record
-Illegal rave or playing again when we get back to ‘normal’? Illegal rave


Did we forget to ask you something you wished we would have asked and if so what would this be?

Yes, you could have asked if I might be preparing a Nick Berlin live-set. I guess we’ll never know.


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