Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
NN: Nomadic is focused on art and nature. With cinematic metal being its “official tag,” the main focus for Nomadic is to challenge the listener and encourage the Open to Interpretation approach.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
NN: Coming from rural Ohio, metal or anything other than country for that matter, wasn’t the norm. Once I started to hear heavy distorted guitars in music, I became obsessed. Sneaking off to find magazines in book stores and faking trips to the bathroom in the mall so I could sneak away and buy the first CD with a monster on it I could find was really the only way to discover metal in those days. It was going against the grain and I loved the way it made me feel. After that, I wanted to see if I could make other people feel the same way, and got into playing.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
NN: The Ocean. It’s without question how inspiring nature is and how connected we all are to it, however we can’t always get to the remote places we wish to go. I really like to immerse myself mentally in a place or in a culture and try to absorb how it makes me feel, then put that into notes.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
NN: I would love for this to be my way of living of course. With the exception of that, it is my new vision to make a captivating and totally immersive live experience. A performance that totally connects audience, nature, and artist.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
NN: Fathoms! There has been a lot in my career that I’m very proud of, but pulling this record off is a huge deal to me. It is single handedly the hardest and most challenging thing I’ve ever done. Starting from not even owning a computer, or really even knowing a single scale, to being able to create a complex album like that I think is a pretty big turnaround.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
NN: I’d say OK. HAHA! As you said, it’s very difficult trying to cut through the white noise of everyone trying to get attention at the same time. It’s also a challenge with Nomadic not really being in a specific genre. However, just like with anything, you just have to put your head down and do the work. Find a way to get in front of people and give them a reason to listen to you.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
NN: Nomadic live is the next task. Once the show and crew is built, it’s just a matter of digging up some old contacts and making new ones to assemble mini tours then move forward from there.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
NN: I think it’s awesome!!! I’m personally a CD guy and because of that I have major issues. You have to go find them, gotta pay $20 if you DO find them, and you just can’t really play them in many places anymore. So really, for the consumer there is no argument. You can listen to The Cure and then Future with one SIRI command and not have to unzip that monster of a CD book while driving. That changed the whole game for labels who were collecting $20 a pop to now only making 0.003 per stream, and unfortunately the artists took the brunt of that load. So be your own label! Make a business plan and figure it out, because the days of using your teeth to fight open CDs like pistachio nuts are over.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
NN: The next one. Because I’m not even close to being done.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
NN: The competitiveness between artists is still a problem and is even less relevant today than it was just a few years ago. Everyone has an equal opportunity with the digital revolution now to get noticed. If it’s about money, then Get The Money. Figure out your business plan and everyone do what you need to raise funds. At the end of the day we are all creating art for people who genuinely love listening to and experiencing music. They are allowed to like more than one band. I feel like there would be a lot less drama around the industry if we all remembered that.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
NN: Currently Nomadic has just begun the release cycle for Fathoms. At the same time, I am working on the van to get it tour ready as well as building the live show to get this thing on the road.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
NN: www.nomadicnarwhal.net is now up and running. It’s only in its beginning stages but this site will be used as the main hub and shop for all things Nomadic. Your favorite social networks and streaming services should link out from there.