As oversaturated with paint-by-numbers productions as contemporary electronic music may be, Nazariff A.K.A. Rodger Edmonds beautifully blurs the line separating mainstream from obscure. An inventive and capable producer who has helped shape the soundscapes of numerous hip-hop, rock, and pop artists painting them with dark overtones, his solo releases exhibit broader dimensions than the trap and future bass tracks to which they most closely compare. In addition, he has composed score pieces for TV films.
“I started making music in high school, just making beats for local rappers. After I graduated I joined a metal band and toured for a bit, and after that, I spent some time in LA producing for pop artists. Now I produce and perform as a DJ. It’s been an interesting journey, to say the least.” Nazariff said in our recent interview.
From remixes of songs like The Weeknd’s “Heartless” and Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” to originals like his genre-bending 2021 single, “Your Spell,” Edmonds has not only demonstrated a keen ear for sound design subtlety but an advanced sense of melody and arrangement as well. His DJ sets also never disappoint, which have landed the name Nazariff on the bill of such massives as Dreamscape and Nightmare Festival.
As the turning tides of electronic music result in a new wave of fans who seek out sounds of greater substance, Nazariff’s intelligent yet infectious signature style has struck a chord with more listeners than ever before. Keep an eye out for his name on the flyer for your favorite festival as his discography continues to grow.