I recently featured several tracks by nasmore in a round-up review and playlist of music by Canadian artists. He’s got an amazingly diverse sound, so naturally, I wanted to find out more! You can find all the tracks at the end of this interview too!
By Jane Howkins
You recently released several songs, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the tracks (Adrenaline Storm, Let’s Get Freaky, Mind In A Maze, Say Goodbye), and where can they be purchased?
All these songs are the answers to a series of questions I once asked myself.
Can I produce a series of tracks, different in genre, voice and style still maintain the recognisable signature sound? To answer this question, I decided to run a poll anonymously among the same group of people (approx. 100), 1-2 months apart. Surprisingly, when answering a series of questions about the third song, 80% of the respondents answered, “Which well-known artist does this song remind you of most?” – “nasmore.” And the same has happened to the rest of the songs. Enlightening!
I have a passion for psychology, and that’s what inspires me. At the end of the day, music is a psychological tool. It appeals to your brain and it can make you laugh; it can make you cry; it can make you angry and motivate you as well. I’m trying to write songs that are quite meaningful and relatable.
In a way, Mind In A Maze is a tribute to Dan Brown’s novels – The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Inferno. Lots of dark history, pointing to the roots of religion and driven by psychology and the current state of mind. Written as a fusion of pop-rock ballads and hip-hop/rap, the track is a thought-provoking cathartic art expressed as a song.
Another fusion of pop-rock and rap, Adrenaline Storm, reflects on what has been happening to all of us since this pandemic started. It was tricky to make rap work with modern rock to complement each other to deliver a stronger vibe, and I hope it worked well.
One can’t be serious all the time, neither am I. Hence, Let’s Get Freaky, which is a fun, ‘naughty, but nice’ kind of a song. Somebody even called it the ‘Friday night anthem’, haha.
And then Say Goodbye – it’s about romantic love and struggle in a relationship which almost everyone has experienced at least once. Didn’t you? Oh, okay. You must be pretty young then. Well, make sure you do. Life would be grey without it.
All my songs and music videos are available in every music store (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon, SoundCloud, Deezer, Tidal etc.) and on TikTok and Instagram catalogues as well.
Has the pandemic hindered your work much?
It actually caused me to start writing and producing more music than ever before. And it forced me to come up with a fully remote process of working with my counterparts. So, in the end, it’s not that bad at all.
What is the writing and recording process like for you?
Before I start writing, I get a visual of a future song: a movie-like scene, a conversation, a place or an environment. Usually, I try to memorize these ideas to come back to work on them later. The rest is probably not much different from other producers.
Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?
Yes, absolutely! There are five singles, fully polished and waiting for their turn. All different in style and genre. Some of them are produced in collaboration with a legendary musician from the UK. I’ll keep his name secret until the release day.
Have you started writing for an EP or an album?
It would have to happen next year. At the moment, I barely have enough time to breathe.
You have quite an eclectic sound! What/who influences you most as an artist?
I think I’m challenging and testing myself, asking what am I best at? And I love the freedom of being able to bend the boundaries.
In terms of what influences me the most, cinematic music and soundtracks have always had a significant influence on me. I attribute it to the fact that it is most associated with visuals.
What have you been listening to recently?
I’m afraid I will disappoint you. When you work on 3-4 tracks in parallel, you listen to them so many times a day that your ears are fried. Then the only sound that makes sense to listen to is silence. A beautiful silence.
Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?
I’m based out of Saskatchewan, Canada. It is not a music mecca, but I bet there are few gals and guys who can make the concrete vibrate. Otherwise, it’s a prairie country where you can see as far as your eyes can handle. I guess it helps develop a stronger imagination.
Do you have any tour dates lined up?
No, not this year. But next year is a possibility.
What can people expect from one of your shows, and why should people come and see you perform live?
Great question! I’m brewing an idea for a show that will be pretty different from the typical live stage performance. But since it is still far away, please excuse me for not sharing it just yet.
Any last words for the fans?
Thank you for taking the time to read all I had to share here. And thank you for loving the music.