NILUM is an independent artist who writes, produces, mixes and masteres his own music as well as music videos . Here is our recent conversation with him
First of all tell us about the start of your music career.
Sure, I think it is fair to say that for me, music was always present in my life in some form. As a child I loved to make noise, so my parents
sign me up for music lessons and that was it. I was hooked! I played instruments, I sang and I would always like to come up with melodies, which I suppose was the start of my songwriting passion. I studied classical music and learned how to play classical guitar but shortly after that I decided to go to study songwriting, as my creative side simply couldn’t be silenced. I have had various different projects over time, including being in bands and my own projects, which I think ultimately resulted in my current one.
Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Hmmm, if I really think about it I think that I would have ended up doing music whether someone would inspire me or not. However when I was a child, I always had this dream of becoming a rockstar like some of my idols at the time, which is still somewhere in me to this day. I think that life is about taking chances, and doing what you want the most regardless of whether you achieve your goal. Ultimately, a goal is almost like a horizon, no matter how close you get, it is always a step away.
Tell us about your recent release ?
Sure, my most recent release is titled ‘Nevermind’. Which is a song about anxiety and depression, specifically when knowing that even though you feel depressed, and would want to talk about it, other people who have never experienced anything like it simply would not understand. From the music part, this song is a blend of hip-hop and rock, with rap inspired verses and a big rock style chorus.
This mixture of hip-hop and rock is very much present in my project as
well as subjects dealing with mental health.
What kind of response you have received from the release?
Very positive I would say. I got messages from people saying my music helped them going through some difficult times and for me that’s just unbelievably amazing! I think there’s no bigger reward for a songwriter than to know your own words can have that sort of impact on someone else’s life, so I’m very grateful for that and I don’t think I could wish for a better response.
What attracts you more, Working in studios or performing on stage?
Even though as a producer the studio feels like a very safe and stress free zone compared to all the things that can possibly go wrong live I would still most definitely prefer to be performing on stage!
I think that playing live is one of the most rewarding experiences an artist can have, there’s a great feeling of gratification when you play live and you see people having a good time to the music you’ve written behind close doors, in your dark antisocial Victorian hunted music studio. Playing a great show brings those songs back to life!
This is most likely due to my rock music background and the fact that I used to be a part of a few bands, where I truly developed a genuine love for performing in front of a crowd. This is also something that I miss the most, as I am currently not playing live, but it is definitely on my agenda!!
What’s the best part of being a music producer?
Hmmm, that is quite a difficult question, as I have never thought about it in that way. I suppose that would be being able to recreate the original song idea exactly how you hear it in your head without depending on someone else, it means the original concept will most likely find its way to the track as you don’t have someone else to change that based on their personal taste, so the music fan really ends up getting a clear open window to the artist’s mind.
When I produce for someone else then the greatest challenge, I think is to try and understand what the other person’s idea is, which can sometimes be tricky as it requires learning their tastes, opinions, and at times if possible getting to know them a bit which really helps you understand how they think and their overall taste in music and the way they make some choices.
Have you set any goals to achieve?
I think that my overall goal would be to simply have a platform, or fan base large enough to allow me to make a comfortable living making music without any sort of genre or commercial constrictions and be able to have that music heard by people who relate and identify with it.
In more of a short term point of view, creating as much content as I can, is definitely my current priority!
Are you working on any new project?
Absolutely, as I mentioned, my main aim is to release as much music as possible at the moment, therefore and I am currently
working on a few new tracks, as well as a music videos, and other different types of additional social media content, as well as writing and
producing for other people.
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