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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CANADIAN ARTIST NASMORE

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

One day I just decided that I must realize one of my skills I had never realized before. Really, what the Hell! It’s been sitting there all my life, collecting dust. That is not fair to me. I spent ten years learning music but never really did anything about it.

Please introduce us to you / all to the members and any artistic collaboration plans.

The benefits of collaborations are quite obvious, and it’s a no-brainer that together, people achieve more than individually. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing artists like Neil Taylor and La Strange, this song’s lead singers. I was very excited a while back when I approached Neil to record some guitar layers on one of my older songs, and he said he would love to do so because it’s like fresh blood. Neil is a music business veteran and even part of music history for his guitar solo on “Everybody wants to rule the world” by Tears for Fears. He was a regular member of Robbie Williams’ band. He also worked with many artists, including Tina Turner, Howard Jones, Chris de Burgh, Natalie Imbruglia, Metallica and James Morrison, to name a few. Parallel to that, Neil released a few beautiful albums on his own. Working with Neil is a great experience; it seems like he knows exactly where my mind is regarding this or that part of the song. We had a few songs where he recorded all the guitar layers, and now we have a few where Neil is the lead singer. 

“Welcome to the Hell” is my first collaboration with La Strange, and I’m very proud of it. She is amazing! Great voice! She’s got a beautiful vocal instrument, and she is using it fluently.

And I have to say a special “thank you” to my long-time collaborator and the God of Sound – Chris Egert. He is the one who makes all my songs shine!

Collaboration plans… Oh gosh… There are way too many great artists I would love to collaborate with. And then one day, throw one big joint concert. Dreams, dreams, dreams… Well, you are probably dead if you don’t dream, right?

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in. How do you feel you are doing?

It is not the easiest one, indeed. But I think I’m doing OK, given I can only invest so much time. 

How have your songwriting skills developed over time?

Many songwriters want to become great songwriters, and it comes with practice and an open mind. That is, of course, if you have it in you. I think you need to write a lot of songs to start writing great songs. So I keep on learning new techniques and discovering new sonic options and avenues.

I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs. Any thoughts on what we need to do to help?

I have heard of a few terrible events that happened at the gigs. It’s totally unacceptable. But you cannot possibly assign a police officer to each and every individual. I think our society needs to look more into the roots of this (and every other) negative trend and be brave enough to admit the wrong. I think we need to look more and deeper at how we raise and educate our kids because that is where the roots are.

As you develop as an artist and develop using socials, in what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?

There are lots of books, articles, and guidance all over the internet. You will find your way if you are talented and a hard worker. 

What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?

There are a lot of controversies about Spotify being a monopoly. Technically it is not a monopoly – there is Apple Music, Amazon Music, Soundcloud and more. Yes, Spotify has the most extensive customer base, but it doesn’t make it a monopoly. I think the bigger question is about the efficiency of Spotify’s “natural selection” process, the algorithms, editorials etc. The problem is that taste is a very subjective substance. You may think your song deserves 100 million streams, but you cannot show it to a billion people on release day since there are tens of thousands of new songs being released every day. It’s complicated.



Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?

No. I trust facts, something that can be proven. 

Did you buy anything you didn’t need during the pandemic?

Yes, hahaha. Thankfully not a lot because I was busy working and writing music.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Being a songwriter and music producer, I don’t perform. But I’m thinking of some performances. So come back to me with this question later, please.

Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.

A long time ago, I wrote the shortest song in my life. It consists of two notes, literally. You may have heard it when you have been waiting for the elevator. 

What makes you stand out as a band/artist?

I keep on asking other people – what’s unique about my songs? And one day, I asked Neil Taylor. And he said: “You just write damn good songs.” “Thanks, God,” – I thought – “at least I’m not crazy.”

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

Always! It is called “Welcome to the Hell.” There is so much chemistry mixed in this song to trigger your imagination and drag your mind to visit dark places. Hell, for example, hehe. 

This track is a collaboration between nasmore and two amazing artists: Neil Taylor & La Strange. I call it “theatrical rock.” It’s available on every music platform on Jan 6th, 2023.

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.

Remember this famous saying by Freddie Mercury? – “Oh, I was not made for heaven. No, I don’t want to go to heaven. Hell is much better. Think of all the interesting people you’re going to meet down there!” 

When I stumbled upon this quote in September 2022, it triggered my imagination, and I envisioned this surreal, grotesque scene as if I were to talk to a travel agent who offered tours to Hell:

“Do you believe in Hell? Did you ever think about what it is like? Would you like to take a peek? Just for a day or two? Stay in a hotel situated by the beautiful burning sea of lava with a nice spectacular view of torture and punishment. Or maybe visit a rock concert thrown by the devil himself? Most of us humans do not require a reservation. Curios now? Well. Just come pick your nightmare, and we will serve it to you, cooked to perfection. Regardless of what your plans are, you are always Welcome to the Hell!”

Then immediately, I had this whole song in my head. It took me only half an hour to write the lyrics and record a melody (a big surprise!). And then the real work began.

What was the recording process like?

Nothing unusual. I knew it had to be a duet, and I knew I needed a piercing hard rock male voice and a beautiful yet very powerful female voice. So I called Neil asking if he wanted to participate, I played him a demo, and he said Yes! He likes dark music. Then I thought of Angela. Her voice is a perfect fit. And her experience singing for Cirque Du Soleil should be a big asset. And she likes dark too!

And I have to give huge credit and thank you to Chris Egert, our Sound God, who managed to mix and master it to achieve top-quality sound.

Everything else was business as usual. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

I think this song confirms my theory about spontaneously written songs driven by bright flashes in your head. It’s not the first flash resulting in a song, but it’s the first one that did not go through any modifications during recording and production. Not a thing was modified. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Nope!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

A promise! When I decided to invest my time and resources in music, I knew I had to work hard, always keep my mind open, learn-learn-learn and learn again, and be prepared for all kinds of failures. So, I am committed to surprising my fans and giving them what they like – good music.

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