Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Numb”?
Sure! Numb is my debut single and it is what I would call a 100% DYI track. Meaning that all the aspects of the creation, from songwriting to production, mixing and mastering have been done solely by me. Also, it is a track that merges influences from hip-hop and rock, and it happens to be a great introduction to the world of NILUM too.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Actually yes. Many people would not have guessed it, but Numb is actually about the music industry. I’ve had a few different artist projects before and I’ve always felt the pressure to try to fit into the form and into what the popular demand was, which became very taxing and almost brought me to the brink of depression, as I felt I was trying to be something I am not. I was feeling like I had betrayed myself and Numb is exactly about that, about the helplessness one feels and about the fact that the only person who can save yourself is you.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Just like the track, the music video is 100% DYI. It was all done with a crew of 2 people out of which one of them was me! Apart from probably holding the camera myself I have taken a substantial part in every aspect of the video from self-directing to set design to lightening, right down to editing and colour grading. The whole video was also done in the house I live too which was definitely interesting and sometimes quite the challenge to make it look the way I imagined.
How was the recording and writing process?
My songs tend to come quite easily to me, at the most random and inopportune moments, at least when the beat or the main melody line is concerned. When I’m writing my lyrics however, I am enclosed in my own little bubble, striving to make my words as real and sincere as I possibly can. Overall though, I draw a lot of inspiration from the dark side, occultism and horror movies, but also all the stuff that happens to me on a day to day basis, which ultimately blends into a song that is a hybrid of both worlds, I suppose! I think also that a part of it has to do with the fact that my studio sort of resembles a dark dungeon with neon lights and no windows! Most people wouldn’t like it but I love it, there’s something very peaceful yet chaotic at the same time, which inevitably does impact the way I produce and write my music.
What role does London play in your music?
London streets were made to prey on sinful souls, the foggy weather provides the perfect environment to lurk in the shadows and come out with your sharp fangs when … ahah, as you can tell London does play a role in my music, especially since I draw a lot of inspiration from the world of vampires and horror movies, which when it comes to scary stories, London has those in abundance. There is also a certain darkness and gloominess about London which can become a little depressive at times but it can also put me in a certain creative mood, that really works with my music.
Do your Transylvanian roots influence your writing as a whole?
Absolutely, after making a pact with the devil, I moved to London at age 466, but Transylvania still is NILUM’s birthplace. And I still hold memories of my custom made red velvet coffin up in the hills…
More than anything Transylvania has had a great influence over the visual aspect of my project, as I really do enjoy incorporating the vampire aesthetic into all the layers, whether it’s the lyrics, the topic, the clothes or the music video ideas.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, definitely. I have been writing a lot the past year, and I have a good amount of other songs ready to be released soon after.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yes. The single is came out on the 11th of July and the music video will be out on the 25th. This will then be followed by an acoustic version to be released in August.
Any plans to hit the road?
Eventually for sure, however at the moment I am mainly focusing on putting out as much music as possible, to give people an opportunity to hear it. I think that all things in life have their timing and I definitely don’t want to rush anything. But in short, for sure I want to play live!
What else is happening next in NILUM’s world?
Well you know, I sleep during the day to go out into the shadows of the night.. I continue to make music and I enjoy not caring about fitting into boxes and rigid tags.
I want to keep making music that I will enjoy, and if that eventually resonates with people that would be great, but ultimately my main focus is to keep making music for myself.