Orjan Nilsen, headliner of Imagine Nation SA 2016
Original interview by EDMChicago – Nov 2015


It’s just a few more days until Orjan Nilsen performs at Imagine Nation – South Africa, hosted at Shimmy Beach Club.

Below he answers a few questions about his musical style, collaborations with other artists, and what the future holds.


For our readers who might not be familiar, who is Orjan Nilsen and what type of music do you make?
I’m a Norwegian artist who plays a lot of trance and progressive house. It’s sort of a blend between the two, because I love them both so much. I love the new EDM ways as well as the old trance ways, so I try to combine them as much as I can. And I love techno. There’s something about techno that just goes deep.


Would you say your style is a combination of all three?
I hope so! I had no influence from anybody, as I was working by myself for a long, long time. I didn’t have YouTube or anything, so I kinda learned the hard way. I have my own style, and it feels good to go in the studio and do what I do. Some of the fans might not always love what I do, but the world changes, music changes, and so do I.


What are some of your favourite places to play around the world?
Well, there are so many great places now. I’ve always had a soft spot for Argentina because of the passion they have. They’re awesome.

Cover image for Imagine Nation featuring Orjan Nilsen
Are there any festivals that you’d like to play in the future?
I have been told that Burning Man is pretty fun. And maybe it’s a bit out of my league, but Lollapalooza.


Do you have a favourite collaboration and a song of yours?
Well, the collab I made with Armin (“Belter“) a few years ago was amazing to make. First of all, because it’s Armin. He’s one of my idols. And also because we worked so hard together to make it. As for my music, I would say I have three songs that define me. One is called “Dominatrix“, it’s from my first album. Then there’s “Xiing” which really captures what I do. And then there’s a new one, called “Don.” They’re all different, and show I can do whatever I want.


What can we expect from you in the coming years? What do you plan to accomplish?
I don’t even know what to expect from me in the coming years. You really never know, which is cool. I think what they can expect is always something different.


We can’t wait to host this talented DJ at Shimmy on Friday 8 April, supported by an incredible local lineup.

>>Supporting line up:

Strange Loving

Chris Taylor

Gareth Kenward

Jak Skandi

Byron B-Soulful.

Tickets available online: www.i-nation.co.za

For table bookings email tickets@shimmybeachclub.co.za
Event Page: http://on.fb.me/1UbJWI2

Original interview: EDMChicago