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The internet has done a lot for independent artists in the 21st century. Its opened up the door for many artists to create and distribute their work without going through labels or having to physically distribute tapes. Its created a thriving underground network that allows artists, fans and the media connect instantly. The sheer amount of material a click away is astounding, even overwhelming at times, but this constantly growing community has certainly led me (and you too I’m sure) to some absolute gems. Without, I never would have found much of the music that I listen to now and I probably wouldn’t have found NO GLOW.
The Brooklyn-based beatmaker creates ethereal and driving electronic beats for hip-hop heads and experimentalists alike. He was cool enough to answer some questions about his inspirations and the future of music:
Serious Wonder: What is the creative process for you? Are you mostly based on computers or do you use a lot of analog equipment as well?
NO GLOW: “Everything I do is computer-based but I use a lot of field recordings and voices. Technology has expanded the world so much, but there’s a lot of solitude that comes along with that. I talk to dozens of people on the internet every day that I’ve never met face to face. You can fit 250 people in a subway car but they’re all in their own world. That’s what I’m thinking about when I’m working.”
SW: How do you think music and creation will change in the next 40 years, how do you think people will make music in the year 2050?
NG: “There are very few musicians now working in pop that are genuinely forward-looking– Massacooramaan is one (http://soundcloud.com/massacooramaan/dj-soulja-man-eski-tech ). I think by and large for the past 10 years the creative world has been stuck in a cycle of homage and reproduction and I think that at some point we have to reach a singularity there, and a breakthrough to something that genuinely alters the landscape. I’m looking forward to the next Steve Reich, the next Wiley.”
SW: How has music-making changed for you since you started, considering all of the advances in technology?
NG: “I’d never be where I’m at without the advances in technology in the past 15 years. I’m still using the same music software that I was using 15 years ago, but high speed internet access has changed the world. When I was younger, all I knew was what was on the radio, and I was lucky enough that that was New York radio, but to be able to get on Audiogalaxy and hear UK garage, or to get on Soulseek and hear the Disintegration Loops, was life-altering.”
SW: If you had a time machine and could travel forward or back in time to see/meet/play with any musician you wanted, who would it be?
NG: “I wish I could have seen NEU! play. That’s a band I really look up to.”
We look to catch NO GLOW tonight at the Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He’ll be playing with artist-turned-producer DJ Rezzie and a host of friends for an all night banger. Tickets are super cheap at the door ($5-10), but the price far downplays the talent you’ll catch at the show. Check out his Bandcamp and Soundcloud and do him a favor and pick up One Day for whatever price you’d like.
NO GLOW will be our featured musical artist for SERIOUS WONDER RADIO #42. The show airs this Sunday October 7th at 7pm.