RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST NAóMI
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 singer?
Hey, thanks for having me! To be honest I can’t remember a specific point at which I decided. I had always done music or sung in some type of way growing up (and was generally singing all day). I watched a lot of performers like Beyoncé, etc. online. Though so maybe that’s what led me to it, seeing what they did with it and how they performed and the feeling of singing for people yourself. But there was never a specific point in time. I feel like I just sort of always knew.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
So I’m originally from Germany but moved to London a couple of years ago to start pursuing music. Like a lot of people with their things, I finally found my footing to get started during Covid and here I am! In terms of my musical upbringing, I started playing the piano when I was around 8 years old with a teacher for a while but was too lazy to do homework then so I quit. Later on though, a couple of years later, I started to learn as much on my own as I could – to play my favourite songs on piano and so I could learn how to accompany myself when singing actually! So not exactly a prodigy but good enough I guess.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
No, not really.
What useless party trick do you have?
I can touch my nose with my tongue haha!
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
When I came to London I had a whole £200 left in my bank account (I was really, really convinced it’d find a way to sustain myself somehow) and a place to stay for 6 weeks. Well conviction pays off, I’m still here and have succeeded in that somehow but I definitely wouldn’t do it again that way haha!
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
The slower bits might make your heartache a bit and the faster one’s hopefully make you get up and move a bit. Also if you listen to the lyrics you will usually find some sort of meaning in it.
What makes you stand out as an Artist?
I would say hopefully the stories I tell? Also while I work very hard, I try to avoid slipping into burnout culture which seems to just wait to grab and catch you.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )
How climate change is still not treated as a priority in general? Like literally put a “On it, but not a priority” note on it, when in reality everybody is gonna have to deal with the consequences sooner or later.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
Generally all ballads at the moment (they’re easier to perform lol.)
I hear you have a new single and EP coming up, what can you tell us about it?
I’ve got another single coming out after Mirror, which will be part of the upcoming EP! It’s on the slower side. So if Mirror represents the “What the f**** am I doing with my life” side, then this would be the sobering up period after, where you’re one step further with your thoughts and maybe show more compassion for yourself.
Talk me through the thought process of your single Mirror?
Mirror, in the EP, is sort of like the emotional “peak”. Tag words being “chaos” and “breakthrough”. I literally wrote it cause that’s how I felt at the time, which is usually how my songwriting tends to work, and wanted it to reflect how you it is when you feel stuck with your life, not living up to your own expectations maybe and all the gloss that comes with it. So I felt like a more dramatic sounding track would fit that. The process of working through these thoughts.
What was the recording process like?
I started the writing process on my own at home. Got the chords and most of the lyrics down, which took about 1-2 hours and then had a session with one of the two producers over skype where worked a bit more on the lyrics together and general production . After that we went to the studio together, worked on it some more and layed down the first version of the vocals after which pretty much had the first demo down! Later on another producer came on board with whom a couple of the elements were retracked, we redid the vocals and he did a great sounding mix – and that was it!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the EP?
How to do a full body of work which (hopefully) sounds cohesive haha! I tend to be all over the place in terms of genres and therefore also sounds as, as a lot of people, I listen to so many different genres myself – was a bit of a learning curve to not just mix it all together.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, wouldn’t change it. It’s good how it is because it belongs to a certain time period in my life, which is one chapter, and if I want to have something different, I’ve got the future to improve and change.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Release the EP, which should be sometime in late spring, and after that start playing live gigs and release a couple more singles!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Just hope that the people who can relate to the songs will get to hear them and if you do: listen to the lyrics too. They tell a story.