Although the world of electronic music can often feel like a factory line of tracks, Stockholm producer Nause ensures that his music possesses a hand-crafted flair. His global hit ‘Dynamite’ is a case in point – the dramatic drops, soaring synths and funk-fuelled beats are very much in evidence, but its jazzy-tinged verses and naturalistic vocal give it an irresistible soul that saw it pass 117 million streams at Spotify alone.
Nause’s journey so far has included numerous unforgettable highlights. From topping Sweden’s charts with his first anthem ‘Hungry Hearts’ to dazzling in front of 14,000 fans at a gargantuan outdoor homecoming gig, Nause has already achieved more than most musicians will in a lifetime. Yet the young producer – AKA Jakob Criborn – remains resolutely grounded.
“I didn’t think about the possibility of going to play in Miami or Ibiza, but suddenly I was in all these places,” he remembers of his first international adventures. “I was really happy, but I’ve always been thinking about the next step. The main drive is always to do better.”
Nause in 2018 is a massive evolution from his modest beginnings. As a child, he started playing guitar and then piano, but discovering house, techno and their myriad sub-genres ignited a new passion for him. It wasn’t long before he was taking his first exploratory steps into production and DJing, and local heroes such as Swedish House Mafia and John Dahlbäck demonstrated that worldwide attention was entirely possible to attain.
“Back in the day, DJing was more technical and about having the most unique records,” he recalls, noting that Tiesto was an inspiring exception who was happy to nurture new talent. “It was elitist, but now it’s about sharing rather than competing. It’s a community where we support each other. We’re sharing tracks with each other, we play each other’s tracks, and that’s how we create a buzz.”
Nause’s music evolved step-by-step, but was always informed by one essential rule: “It doesn’t matter what the genre is, if there’s a good melody there’s a great song.”