'Discover Yourself Within the Mechanics of Music'
Check it out and you will be absolutely mesmerized by Noah and his new track, 'Mannequin,' which is the first single from the Canadian pop singer's forthcoming debut album, titled "Human Geometry".
Produced by ArjanWrites.com reader Monsieur Adi, 'Real Life' is a sleek and stylish blend of electronica, pop and dance featuring an elegant, clean beat, sidechained strings and synths, and Noah's vocodered vocals. Interestingly, the production also incorporates some subtle world beat instrumentation, which gives the track a very organic, lasting quality.
"'Real Life' is about moving beyond the yearning for a better life, and shaping up and taking control," Noah explains. "The yearning is so strong that it renders you unable to move - unable to take the first step. It was like the voice in your head repeating over and over and over again, and I decided to make it a lightly computerized voice because I felt like it was talking to me as I sat in front of it, unable to work."
Look out for Noah's debut on Technofavrik Records later this summer in iTunes stores around the world.
Taking some time out recently with Noah, I first wondered what had been his musical influences growing up and how many still factored into his music today? "My influences havenít changed all that much since childhood, actually! I'm an 80s child, so you cant turn left without hearing Michael, Madonna, Prince, etc. They have really stuck with me. Going forward, we have the indomitable Daft Punk and Bjork, who I really look up to. There is a real heartbeat and passion behind the dance/electro that they create...its what I want to achieve with my own stuff. I had a very musical upbringing, so there was always classical music, choral music and lots of Beatles playing. Very eclectic."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying your upcoming debut CD, how would you yourself describe your sound? "It's intelligent dance music. Although...that might scare off the average joe. Ok lets say Smart Dance music. Its full throttle pop, but itís full of real thoughts. You can dance and think at the same time."
The name of the record, 'Human Geometry' is an interesting one, but does it originate from something more personal to you, perhaps? "'Human Geometry' described the subject matter (and my thoughts on life, i guess) pretty well. We are nothing more than a collection of shapes - everything we see, do, experience in life, no matter how insignificant, shapes you. You also have the power to shape yourself. Itís that weird dichotomy. The actual title happened when I was making tea one day and I burned my hand. The burn was perfectly circular. The name was born!"
Which turned out to be your favorite track and why? "'Cry Wolf' turned out to be my favorite, but only by a bit. The album is structured so that the songs logically transition to the next, and I think 'Cry Wolf' ended up being like the centerpiece of the album. Itís quite raw - no vocal effects. Thereís some tribal drumming. Itís the darkest song on the album, but it retains the polish of our sound. Monsiuer Adi of course; really worked it out here too."
Most of your press has labeled you as "the new voice of electro-pop" ... but, is this a fair assumption on who you are and what you bring to the table? "First of all, thatís an awesome label! Yes itís quite accurate in the sense I really sing. In the studio, live, wherever. Iím not an electro-pop artist who makes beats and then talk-sings over them (not that thereís anything wrong with that). That is probably the most differentiating factor about me."
Going back to the days when you immigrated to Canada in 1999 from your home in Dubai, you began to write and produce music even then ... so why has it taken a decade to finally get your own album out? "Well I was in High School for a bit of the decade, and also, I donít really think I had 'found my voice' yet. I was always singing...and I continued my piano studies, but the writing wasnít there yet. I didnít really have anything to write about. Once life got interesting, the music happened. Also, connecting with my producer Monsieur Adi sort of cemented the project. Until then I was just going to do little demos and hope for the best, but once we talked, we decided to just go for broke and do a full album."
Indeed, how easy (or hard) is it to create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "I set out to do music which I would be proud of. I didnít want to just do something because i knew it would sell or anything like that. Thereís that element of truth to oneself, which I think shows in the music, and I'd like to believe that listeners respond to musical honesty. Monsieur Adi and I both come from diverse musical backgrounds, as I mentioned, so we wanted to make sure we didnít stay within the confines of just synthesizers and sound effects."
"We really pushed to use some real instruments and found sounds. Taking a bit of the way Bjork works (brilliantly) and putting in a dance context, perhaps. It worked out nicely, but we didnít really feel that it was hard or easy, I donít think. Either the song works or it doesnít; you just feel when its right."
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today ... and why?! "Oh God, there are just too many to choose from! Actually none of them are cheesy. Eurythmics' 'Sweet Dreams' is pretty awesome ... but it's not cheesy at all. OK, let's go with 'Never Gonna Give You Up' - Rick Astley. This song is actually very good! This feeble looking boy just kills you with a huge baritone, it catches you off guard. I might have to do it a few keys higher, but its pure fluff - it would be a nice break from my own stuff."
Lastly, and throwing you a journalistic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "I love penguins! They just look like kids in tuxedos. How can you be mad at that? Actually, the ones with the yellow and orange flashes (the kings?) would be great inspiration for an outfit! Imagine a slick tux with a yellow scarf or something...it could work."
Thanx again for doing this for us today, and we wish you all the best for the future "Thank you very, very much for taking the time to chat!"
Interviewed by: Russell A. Trunk
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