Let's Talk: Niki Sadeki

Niki Sadeki is an Iranian-Canadian music producer who is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York. She has built a successful career from her melodic-leaning house and progressive productions, which have come via record labels such as XYZ, and her own Quetame imprint.

The most recent release to come from her Brooklyn-based studio is the 4-track ‘Layers’ EP, which combines three new original tracks with a remix from El Mundo. The record is out now on Jacob Groening’s Kamai Music imprint.

We got the chance to ask Niki a couple of questions recently, where we spoke about the new release, which other labels she might be releasing on soon, and her approach to getting her music signed to new labels. Get the full discussion with Niki Sadeki below.

Hi Niki, we hope you’re well. What have you been up to so far in 2023?

Thanks for having me! I spent the new year in beautiful Tulum and played a set at the NYE party held by the Papaya Playa Project on a line-up that also featured Goldcap and Sainte Vie. Other than that, I’ve been spending my days here at my studio in Brooklyn.

Your new ‘Layers’ EP just came out on Jacob Groening’s Kamai Music, how did you come to sign the three original tracks with those guys?

I signed the three original tracks with them after we started talking about plans for the new year, as during the conversation it became clear that the tracks fitted how the label plans to evolve in 2023. I am very happy to be working with them.

And how would you describe the tracks to anyone who hasn’t heard them yet?

Peeling back the layers of the soul, ‘Layers’ is an intimate look into the personal journey of self-discovery and growth. From the depths of pain to the heights of inspiration, it takes listeners on a journey through the many facets of the human experience. Through the lens of personal experience, I intended ‘Layers’ to delve into the many layers of one’s self, revealing the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.

It also includes a remix from El Mundo, how did you react to hearing his edit for the first time?

With goosebumps! It’s so interesting to me how he can effortlessly and beautifully capture the mood and emotions of a track. He has an incredible talent for bringing out the nuances and subtleties of music in a way that really resonates. Having him remix one of my tracks was a truly special moment for me and I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him.

In the past you’ve also released music with XYZ, down. Records and Quetame, what’s your typical approach to signing new music?

Well, generally speaking, it’s a well-known fact that the electronic music industry is highly competitive. From the perspective of a female, I must say it can be even more difficult for female producers to breakthrough and gain recognition for their work, as the industry is still very male-dominated. But at the end of the day, what matters is that you need to be adaptable in order to stay ahead of the curve. This means experimenting with new technologies and strategies to create compelling music that connects with the audiences. You also need to have a deep understanding of the music industry and the audience you are trying to reach.

And which other labels might we see you on soon?

Shango Records, Tremulant, and LNDKHN are a few I can name, but lots of other projects are brewing as we speak.

Anything else you want to mention before we go?

I encourage everyone who’s reading this to stand in solidarity with the women and people of Iran who are fighting for their basic human rights. We must be their voice to amplify their words and let the world know what’s happening. It’s important to listen and learn from the perspectives of the Iranian people and help give a voice to people who aren’t allowed to speak for themselves. Thank you for your time and attention.

Niki Sadeki – Layers EP is out now on Kamai Music.