New York City born and bred, M A N I K (note the spaces in the name!) is a producer that lives and breathes electronic music. With a discography less than one year old, his mature production style and ear for the dancefloor mark him out as a talent that is here to stay.
CGNY: Tell us about your debut album on Ovum? It’s a smashing piece of work – how long did you put it together and how did the Ovum connection come about?
I spent a lot of time on it and I put it together over the course of about 6 months. I had worked with Ovum before via the Park To the Slope EP and the Keep That Fresh EP. So it was a natural place to go with my debut LP. They are an open minded music label and were open to the diverse project I had written for my album. I was quite happy with the result and am very proud of it. A cool full colored 12'' sampler just came out for it.
CGNY: What is your current favorite club to play? Do you have one or a particularly memorable experience of playing somewhere?
I am not sure about club, but I do like a few parties/venues. I truly enjoy playing at the Standard rooftop in LA with the Culprit fam. One of my favs if not my top place to play. Always enjoy that one and played there on July 4th weekend. I had a great time playing recently in London too on my last tour. And playing in NYC is always special because all my friends come out.
CGNY: As a native New Yorker how have you seen the EDM scene evolving? It appears to be on the rise again after a sort of slump in the mid naughties.
These things always go up and down. I am happy to see where it is heading. I even still go to the "Loft" parties held by David Mancuso himself as I am a member, and that’s always a great experience. This was the original loft party from the early 70s and still has a great feel to it even in 2011. But yeah it's in a healthy state now.
CGNY: How would you describe your musical style?
I hate labeling and naming music but I would say it's outside the box house inspired but always open to new ideas. It's electronic music in nature but I love acoustic and human elements of course. I like a lot of different flavors of music so my art represents just that.
CGNY: We noticed inserts of NYC Subway voices in your music. Is that a signature?
Well that was something that is important to showcasing NYC. Our subway system is one of the most famous in the world and I have been riding them since I was able to walk! Used to take them everyday to school when I was like 12 and so forth. It is a way of life here as a New Yorker so had to represent with it and throw it on my debut album.
CGNY: What do you love most about NYC? The thing that makes you go “ah! Only in NYC!” (and not just the crazies on the subway!)
Great pizza! I don’t care what anybody says, you can only get the best here. I have been around the world a bit, and some places had decent pizza, but NYC is where you get the real deal holyfield! I would also say that the massive diversity is something that is rarely seen elsewhere.
You drive through Brooklyn on the Fort Hamilton up north into Williamsburg and you'll go right through Asian, Caribbean, Jewish, and Mexican neighborhoods that change every few blocks!
CGNY: When will we next see you playing in NYC?
It hasn't 100% been decided yet but hopefully in early September as I am back in the city before I leave on tour again in mid September. It would be nice for sure as I love playing in the city.