Nominjin, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m doing great, thank you. I’ve been very busy the last few years and I finally found some time this year to produce my solo project with Radonai Records in Los Angeles. I’ve always been a Soul/R&B singer-songwriter since I started my career at age 12, so it was great to come back to that after venturing into the classical world a little bit.
I had solo performances in 5-10 languages at Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium and Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. It was also a great honor to be invited to perform at the Gala Concert in Llangollen with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra where great vocalists such as Pavarotti performed at. I was also appointed by South Korea’s Foreign Minister as a Public Diplomacy Envoy and worked with them for two years.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Kiss Me At Midnight”?
“Kiss Me at Midnight” will be releasing worldwide on Nov 30th , 2018. It is a soul/R&B/Latin dance song. I wrote the lyrics and the melody.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It started as just a melody and my father who is fluent in Spanish helped come up with the “La vida nos inspira” line and the lyrics eventually turned into a song about dancing all night with the love of your life. When I set out to produce my EP I wanted it to be about celebrating life and love. So, I went through the collection of songs I had written over the years and chose “Kiss Me at Midnight” as one of the tracks that best represented my current state of mind.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, I just shot the music video in Los Angeles with a wonderful cast of dancers. It will be released mid-December 2018.
The single comes off your new album Free Soul – what’s the story behind the title?
“Free Soul” is my tribute to the classic American Soul/R&B and traditional pop music that I grew up listening to thanks to being raised by an American father who married my Mongolian mother. I’m the sole creative director/executive producer of the entire project overseeing every aspect of the music production and vocal production. I feel lucky that I got to have complete creative freedom in this project.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the lyrics and melody of each song and my arranger/co-writers helped me in fine-tuning and crafting a sound that was true to my spirit. In addition to the main vocals, all the background vocals are sung by me. My arranger/co-producer, Guy Crystal, is a long time collaborator of mine. He has an extensive knowledge of pop, classical and jazz music.
How Christina Aguilera and Norah Jones has influenced your writing?
When I was 16 years old I was invited by EMI Asia to be in an international compilation album of love songs alongside platinum selling artists such as Christina Aguilera, Norah Jones and Toni Braxton. As an aspiring young artist, it was very inspiring for me to be featured alongside such wonderful artists.
What role does LA play in your music?
Los Angeles is my home. I’ve been living here since I was seventeen. My artistic growth and development started in Los Angeles when I first met with vocal coach Roger Love at age 12. Besides training with Roger Love, I’ve had wonderful collaborators and mentors such as Grammy winning composer Christopher Tin, David Frank of The System, acclaimed Jazz singer Paulette McWilliams and Richard Nash.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
My writing is mostly influenced by the classic soul and pop sounds of America. When you listen to Free Soul, you might hear that my songwriting style is inspired by classic love songs of the Great American Songbook and I add a twist of Soul/R&B to that.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m currently putting together a live show. There aren’t any dates set yet but I’d love to hit the road and perform my songs live.
What else is happening next in Nominjin’s world?
Well, I’m very excited to be releasing my songs to the world. Free Soul is coming early 2019. I’m also working on writing and producing more songs to be shared with everyone.
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