Interview – N4November

I recently reviewed the song Constant Reminder by artist N4November and I really enjoyed his sound! If you like his music, then read on below to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Constant Reminder, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song?

The song is very personal, but in a different way than my previous release, Dear Friend,. I chose to pour out every single emotion I was feeling at the time into this song, regardless of if it made sense. Which you can see in the song, most lines don’t connect with the previous line and it seems all over the place, well at least to me it does, even though I am the writer of the song. It was very therapeutic to write, make and having the opportunity to release Constant Reminder.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Actually without this pandemic I wouldn’t have written this song. Sydney just experienced its 2nd major lockdown and so I decided to use this time to write. And being locked away really gave me time to process how I was feeling at the time. The only hindrance I had was not being able to meet up with my producer to work on the song’s instrumental. So I had to wait.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I get very inspired by chord progressions, without one I don’t think I’d be able to write. I write alongside my guitar, we are a duo that cannot be separated. It takes me a while to finalize the lyrics to a song, because I doubt myself a lot and so I keep going back into the song, changing it until it feels right to me.

Recording however is a much more nerve racking process, because it requires not just me, but also my producer. I’m not an amazing singer, I wasn’t born with the talent, but people like to think most Filipinos are. So I have to work extra hard vocally. I get very nervous when other people are involved in my personal work, so recording might take twice as much work than another artist might take.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

There are so many plans for N4November, I am currently working on the next single actually, hopefully it will be released quicker than my previous releases. I’m still trying to figure out the ways of being an independent artist.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

Actually Constant Reminder, Dear Friend,, and this new song I’m currently working on are all going to be featured on an N4N EP that I’m planning on releasing later on this year! So look forward to that!

For the album, I have so many ideas and I am writing songs towards that debut album, but it will take a bit longer to make as I have so many other releases and projects that must come before it.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

No doubt, Taylor Swift. I’ve loved her ever since I was 8, ever since the original version of Love Story came out. She was the first artist I chose to love and respect and I’m glad it was her, not a day goes by where I’ve regretted my choice. The fact that she always stays true to herself in music inspires me to do the same.

Even though Taylor Swift is my favourite artist, the main genre I listen to is pop-rock. I’m currently listening to Palaye Royale, a new band I recently discovered and I can’t wait to see them live in concert.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I am based in Sydney, Australia, my hometown. To be honest, I am very sheltered, I’m not really part of the indie artist scene, which will probably be my downfall. I only know 2 other artists who are independent artist like myself, my friend Luke El who is part of duo band Warwick Smith and T.Lopea, someone who I work closely to. All I can say about them is that they’re doing an amazing job, and I can learn a lot from them and from the people who come before me.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Unfortunately I don’t have any live performances planned at the moment. I had my first live performance as N4November back in December 2021, it was amazing and I can’t wait to get back out there.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

The one thing I’m sure people can expect from one of my live shows is my guitar and I. I choose to be vulnerable when it comes to my music, and a lot of that has to do with feeling alone. So just like Taylor Swift once said during her live performance of Last Kiss on her Speak Now World Tour: “We need music the most when we’re feeling things really intensely.” So if you’re feeling alone really intensely, I am a shoulder you can cry on.

Any last words for the fans?

I promise you I will keep working hard to make the best music I’ve only ever dreamed of. It wasn’t until 2021 July when all those music fantasies became a reality. I promise to make you proud one day. It’s hard to stay strong in the industry where everyone is fighting for the spotlight, and me Bing someone who hates to be in spotlight, but ultimately needs it at the end of the day, I’ll try my best.