Blending Miguel, SZA, Daniel Caesar, & More: Meet Producer Nick Pacoli

You need to pass the aux cord to Nick Pacoli. His song selection is just a snippet of his many skills, ranging from uncovering samples, mixing, and producing on keys.

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I was first exposed to Pacoli when I found his remix to “Show Me Love” by Robin S. You might be familiar with the original version as it was remixed by DJ Mustard for Kid Ink’s double platinum record “Show Me” (2014). However, Pacoli ventures on an entirely different route; a soulful, boom bap journey that also mixes in the classic hip hop record “Bonita Applebum” by A Tribe Called Quest.

At this point I’m already convinced the Inland Empire-based producer visualizes music differently. Though he doesn’t make club bangers like Fre$h on the Beat, nor uses a sample in a dynamic way like Adrian Gamboa, Pacoli can set the mood for R&B and hip hop lovers alike – especially with his ability to mash-up contemporary and classic songs together like on “Miguel Sings SZA”.

This record flips Miguel’s rendition to SZA’s hit “Weekend” off CTRL, while also mashing Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo”.

Most recently, Pacoli remixes one of my favorite records from Daniel Caesar. Off his debut studio albumĀ Freudian, Caesar collaborates with H.E.R. on “Best Part”. The Canadian singer/songwriter simply conveys his love to his significant other: “Where you go I follow, no matter how far/If life is a movie then you’re the best part”.

The original record is much slower and mellow, therefore Nick attempts to capture the attention of hip hop heads by throwing on a boom bap beat and record scratches throughout his remix.

He supplies the vibes all around. With his obvious background in both R&B and (old school) hip hop, Nick bridges the gap between genres and deserves the aux cord. You can follow Nick Pacoli on Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud.

Founder of The Lunch Table. Writer, DJ and Master of Ceremonies.

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