Monday, May 11, 2020

EDM pop laced future rap by NOMAD

Today, I move from talking about a book to talking about music.  Music is one of the many things that I enjoy and I love all genres.  For those of you who may not know this about me but I also play the piano and the violin. I also compose music. So, when I came across people in my life with a gift for music, I get very excited.  Today I am introducing you to a musician who goes by the name NOMAD.


Describe your style.

Definitely a myriad of genres, that’s for sure. A recent blog in the U.K. called it an “EDM pop laced future rap,” along with some metal elements at times.

Who or what has been your greatest influence on your style?

This is such a tough question to narrow down, but I love it. For me, it is all about the live performance. The stage and the record is two different art forms. That being said, my greatest influences are Tupac, Tee Grizzley, Token, Copeland, The Gaslight Anthem, Marianas Trench, and of course my brothers who I have been playing music with since I was a child.

How did you get started in your career?

Music is in my blood. My grandparents on my mothers side had a doo-wop band called Gemini, so naturally my brothers and I gravitated towards music. This NOMAD project was actually a result of a multi-year hiatus I took from music. This happened when I got news my drummer had taken his life by jumping in front of the 7 train in NYC. It wasn’t until a trip to the Colorado mountains that I found a moment of true clarity. After all these years, I knew the most important part of my life, music, was missing. At that point decided I would start up a solo project and let it take me wherever it could possibly go.

What struggles or barriers did you face or are you facing to promote yourself and your work?

This is a great question. There feels to be little to no support for young and up and coming artists out there. In a ring where everyone wants to be the next biggest star, we are missing the love, support, and unity of all artists. During the punk rock DIY days, the community support was unlike anything I’ve seen before. It’s very different these days.

On the other side, artists should realize that this will be not only an investment of time, but money as well. It can be pricey to link up with a consultant, manager, or the like, but just be sure everything is upfront and transparent. You want visibility on where your money is going to promote yourself. Set small and smart goals, give it some sort of time-box, and create a short feedback look so you can pivot your strategy as needed.

It costs money to find true, value-adding, and worthy promotion of management. If you’re paying, you have the right to scrutinize the delivery of value against financial investment.

What life lessons have you learned and how have they influenced your style?

This is where it begins. I am a recovering addict. I am ten years clean and seven years sober. While my addiction was such a short period of my life, a lot happened during that time and continued to this day. I lost countless friends to drug overdoses and suicide. So when I created NOMAD, I wanted to make sure I never kept a dime of what I brought in, but rather donated all the proceeds to sober-living communities and other various organizations.

What is your website and social media for my readers to be able to follow you?