Hi NOEP, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

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.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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