Hailing from humble beginnings in Liverpool where he worked in a furniture warehouse until late last year, NAVOS has spent the last 5 years honing his craft as a tech-house DJ. Having started out by self-releasing music on Soundcloud and taking inspiration from Sonny Fodera and MK, NAVOS knew he wanted to take his sound to bigger heights. The self-taught 21-year-old producer has put out well received tracks such as ‘Foolin Me’ and ‘Outta Love’ which gained the attention of Island Records, resulting in the signing of ‘Believe Me’ – a dream come true for the Scouse bedroom producer.
Fast becoming the breakout dance anthem of 2021, ‘Believe Me’ showcases NAVOS infectious production skills and is currently catapulting through the Shazam charts and the UK Singles Chart. Born out of lockdown following a chance discovery on Tik-Tok, the track instantly went viral and has since taken the internet by storm, now surpassing over 20 million Spotify plays.
We had the opportunity to speak with NAVOS on the release and more as part of our Get To Know series...
Tell us a little about yourself!
"My real name is Ross, Im 22 and been producing now for just over 5 years. I mostly make House music and love to DJ Tech House. Music is my passion and best thing is, I was able to quit my part time job and drop out of Uni to follow it!"
When did you first develop an interest in music and producing?
"I first started developing my love for music around the age of 13. I could always play guitar from 5, but making music was from about 13-15 years old."
Where are you from and do you feel like your surroundings inspire your sound in any way?
"I'm from Liverpool and I feel like dance music is such a massive part of the city. With acts including CamelPhat, Sosa and many more I feel like growing up here it has always been a part of the culture."
What or who are your key influences?
"My main influence is my family, they are the reason that i try o hard in what I do and they are so supportive. Musical inspirations are Joel Corry, Sonny Fodera and MK. All three are absolute music legends and I'd love to one day work with them."
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?
"My dream collab would be MK.
What’s your dream venue or festival to play?
"I think Creamfields would be my dream place to play. I always looked up to the Cream movement as my mum and uncle used to always go there when they where my age in Liverpool."
Have you had a particular stand out moment in your career so far?
"My stand out moment would 110% be me signing for Island Records. This has always been a dream of mine to sign to a major and now I have done it its just an unreal time for me."
Your incredible single ‘Believe Me’ is fast becoming the breakout dance anthem of the year. It’s recently been remixed by DJ and producer Ben Rainey! How has the reaction been so far?
"Amazing!! I seriously never expected to do what it has done. I thank every single person who has streamed it and bought it. You guys are unreal!!!"
Finally, what are your plans for the rest of 2021?
"I want to get out and play clubs, festivals and bring out some new music! Really excited to play for everyone and showcase my new music which I hope you all love!"
Listen to NAVOS HERE
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