A cross pollination of genres that intertwine to create the sound of NoMBe. The German born singer who now calls L.A his home town has touched on something that integrates psychedelic infused electro-soul tracks. With music spanning through NoMBe’s life influenced by family and friends it is no wonder his path has been chosen. Change Of Hearts is his new EP and with an album in the works the growth of NoMBe is only just beginning.
KALTBLUT: You are originally from Germany and now living in LA… What city do you call home?
NoMBe: I think by now it’s safe to say LA has become my home, but whenever I go back to Germany I get a sense of familiarity that I just don’t get anywhere else. In my hometown I know every street, store, park and I definitely miss that at times. I’ve lived all over the place over the years – NYC, Montreal, Miami and Costa Rica. All these places had a tremendous impact on me and still feel like home.
KALTBLUT: How would you describe your sound to someone who has not heard it before?
NoMBe: Still figuring that out to be honest! I’d say it’s soul music with a very psychedelic and electronic twist but what isn’t these days? I’m trying to keep it broad and mellow as far as genres go, but there’s definitely a sound.
KALTBLUT: Does your Tumblr page depict your inspirations and influences that lead to your musical process?
NoMBe: Absolutely! Can I say I love my blog? (Laughs). It’s my anything goes zone and there’s no topic really. I just want to keep track of all the cool stuff that’s out there.
KALTBLUT: Can you tell me a bit about your new album and how it all came together?
NoMBe: I’m getting to do a lot of ideas I’ve been meaning to work on for the longest, things I’ve written but never got to produce. The EP was more of a push of material I needed to get out so I can focus. I’ve been doing a lot more writing as opposed to just making beats. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of boom bap! It’s surprisingly rocky too. It’s really hard to be accurate though since I’m the type of person to throw over half of the project and replace it with all new tracks.
KALTBLUT: Does music run in your family and family circle as I understand you are the godson of Chaka Khan?
NoMBe: Music is definitely in my family, my dad was a drummer, producer and songwriter, my grandad a DJ for a long time and music was always around our house. My parents made sure I didn’t miss out on the classics. One of my earliest memories is my grandmother playing classical radio stations everyday. As far as Chaka goes, I try to keep that on the low. We actually rarely talk about our careers and stuff but more about relationships and life. She’s a great spirit and a good friend.
KALTBLUT: Can you tell me a bit about your journey with your ‘Change of Hearts’ EP and now your new album which is out soon?
NoMBe: The EP was a real struggle some of the songs are pretty old and I’ve been meaning to put them out, but it just didn’t feel right at the time. ‘Seminole’ was really the track that got everything rolling. I’m really proud of it though because it showcases different sounds and so far people are more about it than I thought. The concept kind of happened on it’s own at some point and I just new what needed to be on it. The album is still in a raw stage I have about 40 tracks I’m drafting and cutting down.
KALTBLUT: Will you be doing any shows for the new album?
NoMBe: Absolutely! This will be a big year and I’m really excited about the new material and playing it live.
KALTBLUT: Tell me something that most people wouldn’t know about you?
NoMBe: I used to be an amateur boxer in my teens and thought about doing that for a while, but music just stuck – I have piano hands I suppose. I was also very obese as a child.
KALTBLUT: Your sound touches on electro-synth and ambience… How would you describe the electro scene in LA?
NoMBe: It’s vibrant and definitely flourishing. LA has really become a great place for the new wave of genre-bending artists. It’s funny considering it used to be such a rockers city and most venues are still geared towards just that. There’s just so many good artists really making things happen and I’m equally a fan of everyone I work with by now.
KALTBLUT: Thinking about 2015 and the year ahead what’s in store for NoMBe?
NoMBe: I always tell people that I’m just getting started. So far it’s been very DIY but we’ve accomplished a lot. Two music videos on the way, some songs on different radio stations and we’ll be doing a lot more live shows as well as DJ gigs. I’m also starting a label and will keep building from there one step at a time. I feel this will be a great year!