20 Questions: Sega Bodega
Sega Bodega’s sound is difficult to pin down.
As co-founder of NUXXE, the independent London label bending electronic music into strange new shapes, his work has centred around the innovative and unexpected. Take his latest single Salv Goes to Hollywood – a work that bounces around propulsive industrial clanks, meandering ambient and melodic R&B flourishes, in just three minutes.
Over the phone, Sega – real name Salvador Navarrete – keeps the same energy, as he hops around subject to subject, and talks us through his biggest fears, weird DMs and his favourite memes.
What’s your ideal date?
Start early, walk around and end up in a picnic situation.
Favourite day of the year?
Christmas because you don’t have to talk to anyone and everything just stops.
Most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone?
I wrote a song for someone once, it’s called Mimi.
“What if…I answered your question…with another question…haha jk…unless?”
Must-follow Instagram account?
Best survival tip for 2020?
Don’t go outside. Nothing bad can happen to you if you don’t go outside.
What’s your biggest fear?
A symbolic death – like, a few days before my birthday or album release date.
What’s the weirdest DM you’ve ever received?
I don’t appreciate it when I receive messages from people telling me what they want to do to me, sexually, in graphic detail.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Once I had a problem and my mum suggested I picture my problem as a jacket, and to envision myself taking the jacket off and throwing it away. Visualising that helped me get over my problem.
What makes you feel nostalgic?
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Quit drinking alcohol.
What’s the weirdest party you’ve ever been to?
I was once at a party where someone decided – unsolicitedly – to start reciting an entire poem he’d written, which was weird.
What’s the biggest realisation you had in 2019?
I think I’ve had a slow career. I realised it’s OK if I take 25 years to get to where I want to be.
What’s your worst habit?
I forget to eat a lot.
Favourite song of all time?
Every You Every Me by Placebo.
What’s inspiring you right now?
Honestly, I’m not inspired right now.
What’s your earliest childhood memory?
I was about four years old and on a flight. It had been raining on the ground, but then when we flew up over the clouds, I looked outside the window and remember being utterly confused by how it was suddenly sunny. It was like I went to a different planet.
R&B or hardcore punk, for the rest of time?
What piece of advice would you give young Salv?
Quit drinking alcohol a lot earlier.
Salvador is out now via NUXXE