Nils Hoffmann is a fantastic up-and-coming artist from Berlin who recently signed with Anjunadeep. The German artist, who has produced high-quality tracks in melodic, deep and progressive house, has accumulated millions of streams on various streaming platforms. One such smash hit is “Breathing,” which has racked up over 37 million streams on Spotify to date.
More recently, Nils Hoffmann released his new album, A radiant sign. This album is part of his three album deal he signed with Anjunadeep and it really inspires people to keep being strong no matter what difficulties they face. Here’s One EDM’s exclusive interview with Nils Hoffmann as he talks about A radiant signwhat is it like working with Anjunadeep label and upcoming performances all over the world.
Ken Ngo: Hello Nils, how are you? The fall season is here. What did you like about this past summer?
Nils Hoffmann: I was able to play a lot of cool gigs and visit a lot of new cities. It was the start of my relationship with Anjunadeep which was amazing and I got to play Anjuna events and meet a lot of cool people in that community. All in all, the summer has been great. It was hard work, but rewarding.
You recently released your new album, A radiant sign, and the album reached No. 1 on the iTunes Dance/Electronic Albums chart. How did you feel when you learned that A radiant sign hit #1?
Originally we saw it was number 2 right behind Drake and we were really happy with it. We said, “Okay, that’s pretty good, there’s no way to dethrone Drake.” Then about 20 minutes later it hit number 1. I was shocked but excited!
In your own words, what A radiant sign everything on? Regarding the musical composition of the album.
Thematically, it’s about getting through the tough times and growing out of the tough times.
What distinguishes this album from your previous works?
This is definitely the body of work I’ve been most satisfied with so far. I worked very hard to get the mixing and mastering to be perfect. I had the chance to work with mixing engineer Stefan Thomas. We spent hours and hours in the studio making sure every little detail was exactly how we wanted it to be. It was also the first album where I was able to further explore the world of songwriting and work with a group of super talented songwriters.
How do you feel about being signed to a trance and progressive house label like Anjunadeep?
I think it’s amazing. I’ve always listened to Anjuna grow up and I’ve also been incredibly inspired by their whole community and the artists they work with, so being a part of that was really cool.
Your album received a lot of support on BBC Radio 1, Sirius XM Chill and KCRW. Do you feel a level of excitement knowing that your music is featured on these prestigious stations?
Yes! It’s quite humiliating to be honest. I didn’t expect it to get on the radio but it’s really cool and I’m glad everyone likes it.
The singles from your album have gained over 2 million streams. For anyone who doesn’t know your music yet, which singles would you recommend fans listen to first?
“9 Days”, “About You” and “Afterglow” are all good. I really like the way they came out, but really everything on the album reflects my musical style and my tastes. You really can start anywhere and it would give you a glimpse of who I am.
Now that A radiant sign is on the books, do you have any other upcoming releases in the pipeline?
I’m going to take a little break but I’m going back to the studio soon. I’ve been working on a few remixes and there are a few other artists on the “to do list” that I’d like to remix, but I’m already doing a few writing sessions and working on demos for my next project.
Do you have any upcoming tours that fans can look forward to?
Yes, I will be playing concerts in India and the United States, which will be announced soon.
Question 10: 2023 is approaching in a few months. What do you hope to see happen for you next year?
I just want to keep making music and grow as an artist. I want to see new places and meet new people and new fans. I also want to expand and improve my current live setup to play more hard ticket shows alongside the club shows I play.