Nico de Transilvania is the consummate entertainer. Bringing together a unique blend of Balkan/Eastern/Swing/ Global Electronic sounds—blending brass, gypsy folk songs and swing basslines with a heavy electronic beat—native-born Transilvanian, Nico, has carved out her own niche as an international DJ. Today she continues to explore and combine sounds from around the world as she stays true to her philosophy of music without frontiers and her balkan roots.
She has headlined at music, film, and art events around the Globe, from the Secret Garden Party, Big Chill, and Bestival, to the Biennale in India, Art Dubai, V&A museum, Royal Academy of Art, London fashion shows and film festivals in Reykjavik, Transilvania, London and Belfast. As well as performing, she has curated sell-out multi-media events at some of the UK’s top festivals and worked along-side an eclectic mix of talent, including Blondie, Leftfield, Apparat, Norman Cook, M.I.A, Telepopmusik, The Correspondents, Fanfara Ciocarlia, Mahala Rai Banda and Boban Markovic.
Nico began her love affair with music and dance at a very young age, being brought up in Communist Romania with limited access to new music, she did her research in the local Balkan sounds, Swing, Blues and Latin, till she later on discovered Electronic/Dance music which she fell in love with as a teenager. After studying philosophy and choreography, Nico set out on a journey across Asia with two mini CD players and a mini mixer. By day a yoga teacher, by night a touring DJ, Nico travelled for months, drawing musical inspiration from the natural beauty and diversity of her culturally rich surroundings.
What started out as Romanian inspired dinner-parties—gatherings of friends that would always end up in a Balkan dance and a shot of palinka—led to numerous invites to play at music/arts festivals and clubs around the UK, often combining live tubists, clarinetists, dancers and aerialists in her performances. Nico made her name as a resident DJ at the legendary Balkaneasca where she rapidly became a crowd favourite. She later created her own Super Mishto night in Brighton which soon gained its own impressive reputation.
Nico’s musical knowledge has found new expression in recent years, both as a music supervisor for documentaries and a music curator for art galleries and art installations. One of her latest projects has been working on a trilogy of films—Wild Carpathia— focusing on the beautiful, but threatened, mountains and forests of Romania. She currently is working on a new project called Muzicã Without Frontiers that was launched in Brighton and for which she collaborates with artists from around the world. Watch this space!