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 to become a musician?
Long story short, I think I grew up too fast. I was a 5-year-old kid when our family friend, a conservatory for performing arts professor, discovered a perfect pitch in me and the tendency to feel and understand the music. Based on her recommendations, I was sent to a special music school where I received formal and comprehensive musical education from the age of 5 until I turned 17.
After school, my career had a 90-degree turn, away from music and into the IT world, and it’s been so until late 2020 when I felt that I had lots to “say” in musical terms. I attribute it to the pandemic, lockdowns, and the need to keep active.
Introduce us you and your musical history?
Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, and hundreds more constituted my world throughout my childhood. My professor was very conservative, coming from the old school of musicians who dedicated their whole lives to music without compromise. I learned music history and composition and spent countless hours playing the piano every day. And I was performing 6-8 performances every year, including solo concerts.
Today I am quite multi-genre, if not eclectic. Even though I’m not consciously aiming for it, it comes out with a few original features that make it recognizable. My style seamlessly blends the elements of pop, hip-hop, rock, R&B and even Jazz. And quite frequently, my classical education comes out so that you can hear cello or violin throughout the song. I don’t constrain myself to the boundaries of a particular genre, and I choose the genres for my next piece as if I were choosing cuisine for my next dinner.
I work with various artists – singers, guitarists, and drummers. It’s always a challenge, but it gives me lots of flexibility, and it works.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Do you sing in the shower? I always have to come up with some stupid answer like, “I tried once, and I have to tell you it didn’t work well because water and soap frequently get in your mouth, and I don’t really like its taste.”
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Not really. I think that our mind tends to fill the information gaps by inventing all kinds of theories and beliefs. Similar to our ancestors believing that thunder and bolts of lightning are god’s actions.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Mea culpa! Mainly because you feel amused when people keep coming and bringing you stuff.
What useless party trick do you have?
I can speak gibberish Japanese very convincingly.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
It was during the hypnotizer’s show. He picked 6-7 people, including myself. All are sitting on chairs on stage.
After some manipulations, he managed to hypnotize everyone but me. He spent probably 10 minutes dancing around me. No luck. Then he whispered, “You are devil, what are you doing to me?!”. He didn’t realize that his microphone was close enough for everyone to hear him. And, of course, the audience bursts out laughing.
What was the worst experience on stage?
It was a sudden power outage. Enough said, haha
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I don’t know if this is surprising. It’s about the way music ideas come to my mind. I think it’s an ongoing process. I observe people, behaviours, situations, and surroundings, watch movies and read books, and listen to the sounds around me. I guess most people are too busy and wouldn’t pay attention to many things. But in my case, I notice them, and I envision them as a piece of music or song. There are so many things around us worth our attention, and we just need to look for them instead of just passing by.
If you had to describe your music to an alien, how would you describe it?
I would probably get excited and offer them a drink first. Then you can explain anything to anyone.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I hope it’s my ability to deliver my music straight to the mind’s eye.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Nothing is pissing me off. Do you hear me? NOTHING IS PISSING ME OFF! NO-O-O-O-THING! Ummm. Ummm.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Such a song exists, but it’s not been released yet. We tried it against small audiences, though. It’s one of these songs that lets you instantly connect with your listeners. And it works so well that in no time, people light up their phones and start waving. It’s called “When will I learn” and it’s coming out this summer.
I hear you have a new single. What can you tell us about it?
The newest single is called “Safe in my Dreams” – a subtly expressive and bold venture into the heart of what makes love real. It’s a James Bond movie-themed with a fantastic guitar aura created by legendary Neil Taylor, led by the sensationally soulful sound of my guest-star/singer Dana Miuccia.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
The song started with the question: how do you tell a whole story in just 4-5 words? And the answer was found: “To love you is to lose you.” Everything else was business as usual.
What was the recording process like?
It was all done remotely, layer by layer. It took me a while to find the right voice for this song. But when I heard Dana sing, I was amazed at how good her voice sounded. Then Neil added some guitar scapes. Then lots of back and forth mixing and mastering. And here we go, it’s ready.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I learned how to make a great sound with only 2-3 instruments and implemented it in my next song.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I think it applies to every song. Of course, you see what could be improved each time you listen to it. But if you don’t let go, you will find yourself beating it to death and still haven’t released it.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Many singles are waiting to be released, and even more singles are in the works. Many ideas are canned and waiting for their turn to be implemented. We opened a merch store and will be implementing some cool ideas there. But most importantly, this year will reveal some exciting collaborations.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I would like to share my experiences with new and independent artists. When I decided to invest my time and resources in music, I knew this:
I have to work hard
Do lots of research and planning
Build my network of friends and colleagues
Always keep my mind open
Learn-learn-learn and learn again
If hard to understand, then just memorize this: “YOU ARE NOT GENIUS.”
and be prepared for all kinds of failures because you WILL fail, so you better have a plan.