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Bring to life Nico de Transilvania's first EP which will coexist with the launch of her new record label Muzică Without Frontiers.
Bring to life Nico de Transilvania's first EP which will coexist with the launch of her new record label Muzică Without Frontiers.
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Dear friends and supporters,

I am raising funds in order to release my first EP on my own record label: Muzică Without Frontiers, which has been the name for the recent events I have showcased. My dream, Muzică Without Frontiers, is to continue to spread the message of human connection by dissolving barriers through music, dance and performance: to create a platform for the performers and the people to come together on the dance floor as One. The money raised from this crowd fund will enable me to launch the new record label, release the EP plus remixes, and allow me to continue my work delivering the Muzică Without Frontiers message through multi-cultural events around the World.

Last year, whilst producing two tracks for the dance floor, I introduced folcloric elements from my homeland.These two tracks are Grăiesc: ‘Whispers’ featuring Elena Pădure (Romanian folk singer) which you can listen to here:  

And the second song is made in collaboration with Romanian singer in UK Monooka and is called 'Hai după Surori' - 'Come get your sisters'. You can listen to a first draft here:

Both tracks were produced by Tom Beaufoy aka Evil Nine with violin by Chloe Lander. I would love these songs to be released by Muzică Without Frontiers record label and launch the project in the world.

The inspiration for this EP came from my ancestral roots: there are Romanian vocals, traditional elements and instruments in both tracks. The next songs we produce will honour the musical traditions from many cultures that resonate with me and my work to celebrate our diversity and our humanity. Muzică Without Frontiers record label will promote the music we make in collaboration with artists from around the world. 

Why Kickstarter?

To be able to launch Muzică Without Frontiers record label and finish making the new EP, I will need to pay for the mixing and mastering of the two tracks, remixes, the design and printing of the artwork for the album, PR and marketing.

Tom and I have nearly finished working on the production of the two tracks; we are currently working on starting a third one. Award winning sound engineer Wes Maebe will be doing the mixing and mastering of the EP; and the super talented Finlay Cowan - Pink Floyd & Muse designer - has made a draft of the artwork, which he will transform into a poster. All of it will be hand drawn with Transylvanian motifs included in it. Here is a draft copy which you can purchase here, very limited numbers printed. 

Draft copy of the artwork designed by Finlay
Draft copy of the artwork designed by Finlay

Super excited to be sharing with you this new music. With your help, I hope to make my dream come true and continue spreading the message of Muzică Without Frontiers.

Please read below if you want to find out more about my story:  

The word 'Muzică' is Romanian. I was born in 1980 in Zalău Transilvania deep in the heart of Romania. We were isolated under the communist dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu who enforced the closed borders around our country making it impossible for us to travel. We were separated from the rest of the world.

My love of music began in my early childhood when I would stay with my Grandmother in her home in the forest. She would tell me stories and sing to me old folcloric songs. In the Carpathian mountains, there was a prestigious hotel and restaurant, where my father was the Head Chef designing the menus for weddings, parties and festivals, and responsible for booking the musicians. I danced my heart out to these traditional bands playing traditional music. My love of dance was born.

Transilvania - picture by Catalin Caciuc
Transilvania - picture by Catalin Caciuc

I love DJing because playing music creates an environment for dance and movement to happen. I needed the music. I started making mix tapes and was invited to play at private parties. In 2000, I travelled through Asia, where, by day, I trained as a yoga teacher and by night I was a DJ. Back in England, I was given an album with Balkan music by a Romanian band called Fanfare Ciocarlia and I started playing it at dinner parties and people loved the gypsy style. And then I started collecting more Balkan music, and these evolved into Balkan dance parties culminating in Balkaneasca nights, in 2008. After this, came Super Mishto- my own nights in Brighton, in 2010, where I became the DJ Nico de Transilvania combining global electronic music with Balkan and Swing.

Djing at Balkaneasca night - picture taken by Hugh Fox
Djing at Balkaneasca night - picture taken by Hugh Fox

This opened a new door for me and I was invited to DJ around the world. Here is a show reel of some of my gigs.

During my travels, I noticed the similarities between the traditional instruments from my country and the instruments of other countries. I heard flutes in Rajasthan that reminded me of Romanian flutes, and accordions in France that reminded me of the accordions played back home. I started combining World music against a backdrop of Electronic dance music thereby keeping alive the traditional sounds. My complete show now includes live musicians, immersive performers and visuals, as well as me DJing and MCing. I hold the space for all the performers to come together and with the crowd we go on a journey beyond frontiers. Everyone loves the human connection that happens…

Playing with trumpetist a Set for Peace in Bucharest to 50.000 people
Playing with trumpetist a Set for Peace in Bucharest to 50.000 people

It was playing at the Art Dubai Fair where the concept for Muzică Without Frontiers was conceived. Here is a video of my first night by this name. I started with a song from Kashmir. I had five rap artists from five different countries: Iraq, Mexico, Argentina, Dubai and Thailand. Before my eyes, I witnessed a global tribe. On the dance floor, I saw people from many different countries on Earth- some of whom were at war with one another- yet here, listening to my music, they danced as One. There were no more frontiers. No more separation. We were united by music and dance. 

Dancing crowd and immersive performers at my gig in London at Royal Academy of Arts.
Dancing crowd and immersive performers at my gig in London at Royal Academy of Arts.

Here is a link to an interview I did for Thirteen Shades of Romanian where I talk about my journey since I moved to England.

Muzică Without Frontiers has already introduced a multimedia night, a Radio Show on 1Brighton FM  and my latest mixes

Poster from my first Muzicã Without Frontiers night
Poster from my first Muzicã Without Frontiers night

Super excited to be sharing with you this new music. With your help, I hope to make my dream come true and continue spreading the message of Muzică Without Frontiers

If we crush the goal, I intend to make a music video and have a VJ show put together by Cristian Luchian for my live gigs. Also I will have an opportunity to be more in the studio and focus on making more music for you to dance to and work towards making an actual album! 

Thank you for all your support.

With love and appreciation

Nicoleta & Muzică Without Frontiers team 

Risks and challenges

We do not foresee any challenges. I've worked all through the project with a great team of artists and experts, and we are ready to deliver the finished product, the remixed EP, within the time frame.

We will do our best to manage any circumstances that may arise and create changes in our plan.

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    We'll send you the DOWNLOAD of the single, directly to your Inbox, as soon as the final mix is finished. Huge gratitude from all of us at Muzică Without Frontiers.

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    We'll send you the DOWNLOAD of the EP + 2 remixes, directly to your Inbox, as soon as the final mix is finished. Huge gratitude from all of us at Muzică Without Frontiers. Enjoy dancing to it!

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    CD & Artwork with an Extra Mulţumesc

    We'll send you a CD, including remixes, with a Post card of the artwork signed by me AND the DOWNLOAD of the EP + 2 remixes, directly to your Inbox, as soon as the final mix is finished. Also you will get a copy of my new mix put together specially for the EP launch including the new freshly mixed tunes.

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    Vinyl, CD & Artwork

    We'll send you a beautiful Vinyl and sleeve limited edition to place on your turntable and DANCE with a Post card of the artwork signed by me AND the DOWNLOAD of the EP + 2 remixes, directly to your Inbox, as soon as the final mix is finished. Also you will get a copy of new mix put together specially for the EP launch including the new freshly mixed tunes.

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    We'll send to you a limited edition signed A3 Poster by Finlay Cowan which will be printed on beautiful handmade paper
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    The whole package with Credits

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    WITH the Vinyl, CD with a Post card of the artwork signed by me AND the DOWNLOAD of the EP + 2 remixes, directly to your Inbox, as soon as the final mix is finished. We'll also put your name in the credits of the CD sleeve! Also you will get a copy of new mix put together specially for the EP launch including the new freshly mixed tunes.

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    Nico DJ at your private party

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    Djing with live Musician or Visual show

    I will come and DJ at a private event, with a live musician or a live VJ show - you choose - for you and your friends. Also, you will get a signed copy of the CD&Vinyl, with a Post card of the artwork signed by me AND the DOWNLOAD of the EP + 2 remixes, directly to your Inbox, as soon as the final mix is finished. Also you will get a copy of new mix put together specially for the EP launch including the new freshly mixed tunes.
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    Transylvanian Pop up dinner and Music

    I will come and cook for you and 10 of your guests a Transylvanian infused meal, I will cover the ingredients and bring with me my Sou Chef and a Waitress. I have already done some pop-up dinners, so I can send you pictures if needed from the pop-up at Plateau restaurant in Brighton.
    I will also curate the music for the dinner party.
    Travel and accommodation is covered by you .
    Also, you will get a signed copy of the CD&Vinyl and the Poster, with a Post card of the artwork signed by me AND the DOWNLOAD of the EP + 2 remixes, directly to your Inbox, as soon as the final mix is finished. Also you will get a copy of new mix put together specially for the EP launch including the new freshly mixed tunes.
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    Be the Godparent of the project

    Be the Godmother or Godfather of Muzică Without Frontiers and help spread its vision globally.
    You will be invited to meet with me and discuss the ways that you can support the project as a Godparent, over some nice food I will provide.
    You will be an honoured guest at all Muzică Without Frontiers events.
    I will come and DJ for you and your friends at a private party.
    Also you we will send to you the full package that includes:
    Digital Download of the EP
    Signed CD, Vinyl and poster with postcard of the artwork
    Name in credits as The Godparent of Muzică Without Frontiers project
    You will also get a special mix put together by me for you including some of your favourite style of music.

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