TBH, it’s a great anniversary gift.
Parisian DJ and producer Fakear has released his new track Mana to celebrate the five years since his label Nowadays Records launched.
“Mana it’s the first song I made when I realised that the most important thing was to respect my identity and why I came to make music in the first place,” said Fakear.
“I tried to be a lot of things lately and when I let it go I made this song. Mana means the magic, something you can’t control.”
Nowadays Records has grown leaps and bounds over the years, releasing 75 EPs and LPs, played worldwide and earned millions of streaming plays. A lot of their success can be attributed to Fakear, but also to the likes of Clément Bazin, Phazz, Leska, Jumo and many others.
Mana is included in the label’s fifth-anniversary compilation, called Nowadays V. The compilation features the entire Nowadays roster and will have an accompanying tour throughout Europe from now until early 2019.
We recently spoke to Fakear to learn more about him and his music.
What was the inspiration behind your new track Mana?
“The need to go back to my roots. After my second album All Glows. I felt that I might have been away from them, from the things which driven me at the beginning. Mana represents my own world, something very intimate.”
It’s been five years since the release of Nowadays Records. What’s changed since then? What has been most memorable in your years with the label?
“They never stop being better and better. In the beginning, there were only three people working together (Oogo, Chomsky and Elli), and now there‘s a lot more. They made amazing connections, and the cool thing is that they never change their way of thinking.
It’s all about the family, building a great story based on friendship and talent. There never was a commercial purpose, and even if most labels are afraid to think like that, look at where they are now!”
How would you describe the fifth-anniversary compilation, Nowadays V?
“Very representative of what Nowadays want to be: a big house with all kinds of roommates. We’re not close by the sound but it’s a compilation made by a bunch of old friends. We all know each other.”
The whole Nowadays crew will go on tour in 2019. What should your fans expect from those upcoming performances?
“It’s for fun, for the audience and for us to have fun… so expect crazy DJ sets and huge after-parties!”