By Ade Blackburn
Liverpool-based artist and DJ Kate Hazeldine, has just launched her new music project as NIIX, an inspired combination of pop and edgy electronics.
NIIX’s previous project LUNA was supported by the likes of Clash Magazine and EARMILK, alongside radio play on BBC Radio 1. Kate was also mentored under the LIMF Academy programme and has emerged as one of the city’s bright hopes.
The new project is a really exciting shift for Kate, as she mixes harder electronic sounds with pop to provide something really unique. The NIIX project is aptly named after the Greek goddess of night, given the moods and danceable vibes that run throughout the release. Kate will launch the debut EP ‘I’ on 2nd July.
She has collaborated with some inventive local artists on several tracks and everyone involved within the new ‘look’ keeps the music local to the North-West. The EP’s lead track DRV, is a long-awaited collaboration with producer and DJ BRYN, a crunchy pop number, drawing parallels with the likes of Kelela and Murlo.
Kate is proud of being a Liverpool artist and the camaraderie the arts scene provides, she observes:
“The most notable thing about the Liverpool music scene is the sense of community. I’ve always felt supported by the city, allowing me to push boundaries with my music and for that I’m really grateful. It’s also allowed me to collaborate with other local artists and producers, experimenting with sounds that I may not have done alone.”
Also a self-taught DJ as well as producer, NIIX has monthly radio shows on Liverpool’s excellent Melodic Distraction and Steam Radio (Manchester), which are well worth discovering for an eclectic mix of tracks.
With all this support garnered before her debut release, NIIX is a firecracker simply waiting to be let off.
Upcoming live shows:
FESTEVOL All-day festival, Future Yard, Birkenhead (New date TBC)
Upcoming DJ gigs:
Bloom Building, Liverpool, 7 August
Upcoming radio shows:
EQUINOX on Melodic Distraction Radio, monthly
AREA F-5 on Steam Radio Manchester, monthly