Interview with Nyxen

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Sydney-based electronic artist Nyxen releases her new single ‘Silence In Motion’ out now via BMG/Tank Top Records. The single serves as the second track off Nyxen’s forthcoming debut album, PNXK (punk), set to be released Friday, July 1 and available now for pre-order here.

A futuristic take on 80s synth-pop, ‘Silence In Motion’ is driven by hazy reverberated vocals, thumping basslines, and organic percussion. Through a mesmerizing blend of new wave and glam rock, the second single off Nyxen’s upcoming album synthesizes Nyxen’s unique sound and further establishes her as an artist to watch this year. ‘Silence In Motion’ arrives on the heels of the project’s titular track ‘PXNK’ (punk).

Nyxen describes the track as “a fast paced journey into what it feels like to be an outsider. An introverted, over-thinker, idolizing the freedom and confidence they see in the people around them, wanting that for themselves.” Nyxen added, “‘Silence In Motion’ felt fitting as a name, the silence of erratic thoughts speeding through your mind, the silent movement of people you cross paths with and the effects of unspoken words as you move through time.”

Known for her intricate synth work and guitar-driven production, Nyxen has carved a unique space for herself at the intersection of dance, indie, and pop music. First emerging on the scene in 2015, Nyxen has used her revolutionary sound to amass millions of streams and garner a dedicated following. As one of Australia’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Nyxen has had multiple songs added to Triple J rotation of early releases ‘Running’ and ‘In The City,’ and recent additions ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Red P Plates.’ A force within Australia’s music scene, Nyxen has sold out her own headline shows and supported the likes of Golden Features and Crooked Colours.

Exploring ‘80s influences and instrumentation for the creative direction of her anticipated debut album PXNK (punk), Nyxen continues to forge a unique, refined sound. “The direction of the album all started with ‘PXNK’, I had a name, a sound, and a vision for the body of work I wanted to put forward and it feels very fitting to guide the listener into the album the way I was guided into writing it,” Nyxen says about the album. Weaving deep, emotive electronic foundations with indie sensibilities and universally relatable lyrics, her music leaves its mark on her listeners with each and every release.

Nyxen invites you along for an emotional ride on ‘Silence In Motion,’ available on all streaming platforms on Friday, May 13th, with US tour dates coming in 2022.


How would you present your work to someone who doesn’t know you?


I’ve always found it quite hard to describe my music to people, these days I tend to say it’s synth indie pop. I think it’s just a culmination of all the music I listen to fused together.


What message would you like to convey to the public?


I’ve always used my music as a way to escape and explore, my goal is that listeners will be able to escape into the world of my music for a few minutes and interpret the songs to soundtrack their experiences.


How was your last project born?


I think every musician/ recording artist has a goal of releasing an album, it’s no different for myself. I started thinking of how I would write an album around five years ago, writing demos and ideas. I’m glad the album is coming out now with the current songs and I took that time to figure out exactly what I wanted to present because I learnt a lot in those years and I’ve changed a lot as an artist in that time.


What do you want to convey in this work? What is the concept behind?


I always wanted to create a larger body of work that could sit in it’s own space and create a theme and energy that flowed for the listener. I’ve already heard some people referencing John Carpenter when describing my last single PXNK (punk), which is not only a huge compliment as I’m a big fan of his music, films and scores but my entire album is influenced by Cyberpunk film scores, I’m glad that’s translating for listeners.


As for your studio, what is it currently composed of?


I currently have a Prophet Rev 2, Roland JX-8P, MircoKorg, Behringer K2, Roland System 1, Adam Monitors, Yamaha Monitors, Yamaha Sub, Audio Technica AT4050 Mic, Fender Blues Junior Amp, Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar, Godin Summit Electric Guitar, Seagull Acoustic Guitar, Ibanez 12 string acoustic guitar, arturia beat step and a bunch of guitar pedals.

What is the one instrument you would never get rid of, no matter what?


I’d never get rid of my Prophet, my Godin guitar or my Seagull. They all sound amazing and have a lot of sentimental value for me.


What was the last record store you visited? And what did you salvage from there?


It’s not a record store but I was recently digging around at a Salvos (charity store in Australia) and found a copy of Graceland by Paul Simon that I grabbed.


Do you have hope for the future of music? How would you like the future of the music industry to be?


Definitely, music has always been a part of the human experience and I only see that increasing. I would like to see the future of the music industry be a lot of things, the main one is for it to be a fair, equal industry without prejudice.


Can you reveal some future projects to us?


My album PXNK (Punk) will be released on July 1st, with a number of tour dates on the horizon to keep me busy but I’ve already got a few tracks in the works, so lots of new music and maybe another album.


What makes you happy?


Writing music, touring, being with friends and my dog 🙂



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Written by: Alejandro Serrano

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