Nau Squaglia is a Spanish artist who has been building up quite a reputation with his deep and atmospheric releases on the Earthly Delights record label.
Most recently, he dropped a 10-track album release titled Midnight Blues, and it’s a stunning selection of eloquent music with organic textures and heart-warming melodies.
Excited to learn more about his background and the album itself, we invited Nau Squaglia for this interview…
Q: Hi Nau Squaglia, I want to start by asking you what part of the world you are currently living in, and how the local music scene is recovering from the pandemic?
Hello guys. I’m from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, on the Canary Islands, Spain. The local scene is finally getting back on track, as from now on, all the promoters are already setting up events every month.
Q: In your own words, how would you describe your music style?
I’ve always been really bad at defining genres in music, especially when it comes to my own music. But I would say that my sound is deep house that’s organic and very melodic.
Q: I want to congratulate you on your new album “Midnight Blues”, is this your first ever album, and how long did it take to make?
Actually, it’s my second album, as I did an LP on Be Adult Music. I started making the first track right before the pandemic hit, and then it took me around half a year to really finish all the tracks.
Q: What inspired you to make an album, and is there a concept that ties all the tracks together?
Originally, I’d planned just to make one track, then after it was finished, I said to myself, let’s try to do another track that starts with the groove/outro parts from the other one. So, the end of the first track is the beginning of the next one. Originally, I did this just for fun, but then I kept on going, and before I knew it, I ended up with an entire album. It´s pretty much one single story, divided in 10 tracks.
Q: Talk me through your studio set-up, what bits of equipment are essential for your sound?
I’ve been building my studio since I first started making beats around 5 years ago. The one thing I can’t live without is my electric bass guitar, which is a very affordable one, P-bass style. I run it through my SPL Gold Mike tube preamp, which is also affordable, but does sound really good. I also like the 808 drum machine clone, and the Behringer Deepmind12.
Q: Earthly Delights are the record label releasing your album, is this your first time working with them, and how did you guys first make contact?
I made my first EP for them two years ago, and since then, I’ve been in regular contact with them. We’ve been working side by side on this album project, as they have given me bits of feedback through the production process. I really value their support, and I’m grateful for their belief in me.
Q: Which albums by other artists have always inspired you?
Anything by Guy Gerber, as he’s been my main influence from the beginning. I really love his continuous mix albums, and always dreamt about being able to make one of those long compositions… I guess, I finally did it 🙂
Q: What are some of your passions outside of music, as we would love to know more about your background?
I played football for local teams when I was a kid and teenager. I was pretty good, but I decided to quit when I was 17. Other than that, I invest a lot of time into friends and family, and I recently became a father.
Q: What else do you have planned for 2022?
I have some more music finished, and some more I’m still working on. But I’ve been waiting for the pandemic to finish before I arrange for it to be released, and we are finally at that moment.
Q: Thanks for taking the time to chat, is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my music. I hope to see you all on the dance floors very soon. I wish you all the best.