DANJA LOOKS BACK OVER CAREER WITH NODFACTOR
Reservoir writer and hit-making producer Nate “Danja” Hills recently sat down with Nodfactor to discuss his enviable career, from his first musical experiences, to the tracks that got his name out there and noticed.
The interview starts with an explanation of the moniker “Danja,” in which the songwriter/producer shares that the name comes partially from the way he performs on the keyboard, playing sounds that people would normally program, and partially embodied in his music itself.
Before getting into the beginning of his success, Danja speaks briefly about his childhood, starting out as a church musician and learning how to record and create music with his first keyboard at the age of nine. Later in the interview, when asked to discuss the start of his massive success, he cites two Reservoir tracks, Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback,” and Nelly Furtado’s “Promiscuous”, calling them “big smashes” that “everybody knew.” Along with his work with Timbaland, Danja touches briefly on his recording methods and the need for both the contemporary programs like Logic, and analog technology like MPC Renaissance.