Lately I've been spending much of my school commute submerged in the wave-like thrums of "Thank Thee," a track exemplifying the talent of up-and-coming indie musician Noah Salem. “Skin - Demo," also on Spotify, is just as soothing in the subtlety of its vocals and gentle expertise of its guitar. I spoke with Noah about his artistic influences, persevering with his passion, and what music means to him.
WHEREABOUTS ARE YOU FROM?
I’m from Junction City A.K.A Junk Town, Kansas, U.S.A.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN MUSIC? WHAT ABOUT IT RESONATES WITH YOU?
I’ve been interested in music for quite some time but I had no idea I was going to make it, I just knew I loved it. When I got my first MP3 player in 1st grade, I always listened to music and to this day you can still always find me with some earbuds handy. Not only that but when I was a kid, if I didn’t have anything else to do, I’d dance to songs I had on C.D, especially Michael Jackson. I guess ever since I was a kid, I loved how music set the mood and the scene. Me and my dad (that I no longer see) traveled Kansas a lot so when I got bored I would walk around listening to 50’s pop hits and look at people doing their everyday thing.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS? DO THEY, OR ANY OTHERS, INSPIRE YOUR SOUND?
Definitely Mac Demarco, Todd Rundgreen Dumbo Gets Mad, Helvetia, The Kinks, John Lennon, King Krule, Nat “King" Cole and Ruru are at the top of the list! Yes I know that some of them are “basic indie” fan faves but I don’t know I just find myself going back to them no matter what new stuff I’m listening to. I would say that out of those artists, the one that inspires my sound the most would be Dumbo Gets Mad. I really admire how well textured their tracks are! I also really enjoy the vocals on the ‘Loving’ album! But honestly there are lots of other artists that probably inspire my sound subconsciously but I just can’t think of them off the top of my head.
WHAT COMPELLED YOU TO START MAKING MUSIC, AND THEN TO TAKE IT TO SPOTIFY?
Tyler definitely inspired me when I first started making music. He showed me that I didn’t have to wait till I was older to start trying to make music. He showed me that I didn’t have to wait till I was older to start trying to make music. A lot of my early stuff was trying to be him but myself at the same time but I’ve completely changed sounds since then and I’m glad. And I guess I finally started taking my music seriously like last year so I felt there was a need to put it on Spotify and other streaming platforms so it would be more accessible and more promotable. I had this feeling that labels didn’t wanna hear my demos, so I started my own: Neon Sun Village! I am open to working with other labels for physical copy purposes in the future though so we’ll see where this goes.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON STAYING PERSISTENT WITH CREATING?
Keep track of every single catchy idea you have and don’t let it fly away from you! Even if those ideas don’t work now, you might like it later and create something magical. That’s how Thank Thee and Skin were created! I came up with the chords way before there were any words or bass line or anything so…you never know!
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON CURRENTLY? ARE YOU PLANNING TO RELEASE SOMETHING IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I plan on releasing an “almost” album (I don’t know how long that’ll be so it might be an EP) but it’s going to be titled “Monkey Farm Cafe” if everything goes as planned! I’ve had this concept for over a year so let’s hope that it all works out! I also might release some for the album but I don’t know yet. ♫