I have been great, thanks! Lots of travelling lately. Currently in LA – had a concert and now doing some writing sessions. Looking forward to get home though 🙂
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “New Heights”?
If you insist.. It’s all about “what-could-have-been-feeling” which we all probably run into at certain points in our lives. About drowning into nostalgia. Flirting with the coulds/woulds is dangerous though, since it may start crippling the present.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Well… yes. Inspiration is always mixed with a little bit of imagination though. But I do hold the subject of the track close to my heart.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
As for now, no. Will probably shoot a video for one or two tracks from the EP though.
The single comes off your new EP Heads In The Clouds – what’s the story behind the title?
Tracks on the EP are genre-wise and sonically completely different. But they do have one thing in common – they’re all about naive dreaming. Hence the title heads in the clouds. It’s a line from New Heights which perfectly sums up the EP. For me at least;)
How was the recording and writing process?
Completely different from how I’ve worked so far. All of the tracks are co-written and co-produced. In London, Helsinki, Hamburg and Tallinn. So it’s been a quite of a ride. Hence the variety in sounds and the productions. Even have a feature with a producers duo named Tough Love from the UK.
What role does Estonia play in your music?
Well, since I’m born and raised there it has a huge impact on my life as a whole. F.e. Rooftop is a track that’s heavily influenced by my childhood and the environment I come from. Of course I’m super grateful for my home audience as well.
What aspect of heights and altitudes did you get to explore on this record?
Well, I got to be good friends with auto-tune. At first I went full Lil-Wayne with Loved the Love track. Later tuned it back a little. Also TV and Offside got their share of auto-tune. Mixing period was super intense as well. I was working with 5 different mixers and finished 4 of the tracks simultaneously. And doing all that from distance was pretty tough. Getting all the ideas through via email or phone is a challenge when time is limited. I prefer working in studio with a mixer from now on for sure!
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes. Heading back home in a few days. I Have shows in Paris (26.05) and Berlin(27.05) . Looking forward to all of them.
What else is happening next in NOEP’s world?
I feel I’ve just reached a milestone that’s been on the horizon for a while now. Just did 2 sold out shows back home together with a symphony orchestra with a cap of 1300 each. And now I feel I’m up for some changes in both my live setup and music as well. I’m not sure where I’m headed next, but I sure am excited.