DJ NIGGA FOX Q&A for MARFA JOURNAL

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This Angolan-born, Lisbon-based producer makes people move. Rogério is the name in his passport, but as DJ NIGGA FOX he reminds us that the world of passports and borders makes little sense. His music takes you to places you didn’t even know existed, and you don’t need permission to make yourself feel right at home.

We love your music. What’s your secret to making it sound so good?
Imagination.

What would you do if you became the mayor of Lisbon?
I’d add a fountain to every park in Lisbon and I would allow noise until 2AM, at home and out in the streets.

What are your thoughts on money?
You can’t do much without it. It doesn’t bring happiness, but it helps.

Sex with the ex?
I think it’s a really good idea to rekindle the flame if it’s a recent ex, but if there isn’t any type of conversation left, then it’s not worth it.

Are you comfortable waking up early?
Only if I go to bed early.

When were you last tempted to tell a lie?
When I skipped class at school.

If you had to spend the rest of your life on an island and you could only choose one dish to eat every day, what would it be?
Bacalhau com natas: codfish with cream.

Would you rather be a documentary filmmaker or a cartoonist?
Cartoonist. I think it would be more fun.

What is the highest art form in your opinion?
Music, cinema, painting and sculpture.

Do you see yourself staying up all night to finish an interesting book?
For a book: no. To finish a piece of music: yes.

Do you make a lot of noise?
When I’m making music, yes.

Have you ever thought of yourself as a slave to love?
I was a slave to love with my first girlfriend. Sometimes it’s good to be a slave to love, because that way you are more likely to learn from your mistakes, so you can avoid making them again.

Would you say you have a forgiving heart?
Oh, I’m soft. Too soft.

Brunette or blonde?
Both.

What makes you cry?
When I see misery, people taking each other’s lives, a death in the family… I’m way too sensitive.

If you had a child, what is the one character trait you would like him/her to inherit?
My kindness.

The Beatles or The Stones?
Both.

What’s your favourite place in the world?
My home. But I’d love to go to Brazil.

What’s worth fighting for?
In my case, I’d say I fight for my dream which is music.

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