FROM A SIGNING WITH SONY TO BEING A INDEPENDENT SINGER SONGWRITER, I CHAT WITH NOEP ALL ABOUT THE DEBUT EP ‘HEADS IN THE CLOUD’ NOW RELEASED, THE PROCESS OF MAKING IT AND WHAT ELSE IS TO COME, BE READY AND WATCH OUT FOR MORE!

 

 

 

 

What is your names?

NOEP, Andres Kõpper

 

 

 

What is your genre of music?

Electronic pop (with a hint of alternative touch I guess)

 

 

 

Give us a little bio about you.

Studied accordion as a kid. Then got into film business as a director. Music was more like a hobbie before I started NOEP. Now I’d say Imma full-blown musician;)

 

 

 

What made you go in to music?

My mother.

 

 

 

Are you a signed?

My deal with Sony Music Sweden ended in the beginning of this year. Right now I’m independent.

 

 

 

You released your DEBUT EP ‘Heads In The Clouds’ tell us more about

Yeah, well – was really looking forward to it. Have had lots of tracks that I’ve been wanting to release, so I was really happy to get a bunch of them out. Tracks on that EP all have a very different sound, but their nostalgic feel unites them. Hence the name “heads in the clouds” – is about drifting away in dreams and memories.

 

 

 

What was the writing process like?’

It was really cool. Until now I’ve written and produced all of my tracks, but with this EP I collabed with lots of different songwriters and producers, which was really nice. Got to experiment with some new vibes.

 

 

 

What was the recording process like?

It ranged from recording in a boat in London to cutting vocals in a basement in a small town in Estonia. .. also Finland and Germany. So one could say that it hasn’t been boring.

I was keen on using demo vocals with many of the tracks – despite some side “quality” factors etc.

Don’t really care bout’ being clinically clean with everything – it’s the feeling that matters.

 

 

 

Describe each track in two words.

New Heights – could/would

Cold Medicine – (not an) easy fix

Offside – too soon

Loved the love – childhood love

TV – selfish nonsense

 

 

Listen here

 

How has the response been so far?

It has been great actually. Haven’t really had the time to promote the EP that much though.

But so far so good. Happy that TV has gotten some props from people from the industry, since it’s a pretty bold move to release a track like that I think.

 

 

 

Do you have gigs coming up or a tour in planning?

Yes! Next week I’ll be in Athens. Week after that in LA. London, Paris and Berlin next month.

Looking forward to them all!

 

 

 

What else can we expect from you this year.

Hopefully some new tracks. And some collabs for sure!

 

 

 

Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?

Haha, point on. Yes, right now with some local acts.

 

 

 

Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?

Sure thing. If the time is right and we feel the same vibe. It’d be best if they contacted my manager.

 

 

 

Do you play any instruments?

More or less. Not a virtuoso on any, but I can manage something on piano, accordion and guitar.

 

 

 

Who are your influences?

They strongly vary from time to time. Last few months I’ve been really inspired by Odesza – by their live shows and also production.

 

 

 

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Don’t know actually. Not sure where I’m headed and where the world is heading. Depends a lot on the second factor I guess.

 

 

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Right now I’m on a vacation, trying to find a good place to surf.

But daily music is pretty much all I do. If not exactly music then at least something related to NOEP.

 

 

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

Looong time ago (ca 15 years) I think it was “seaside” which made me go to my brothers room, take his guitar and play it for the first time. That first night I created my first song.

 

 

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Don’t forget to think about others.

 

 

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Don’t forget to think about others. It’s an area of expertise which has a tendency to get a little selfish.

 

 

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Always* is a strong word, but I do try to remind myself not to stress about stuff I can’t change. Some sh*t that happens, happens for a good reason sometimes.

 

 

 

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?

Depends on the season, but this old factory area which is now hip and pop food/culture area called “Telliskivi”.

 

 

 

Your coming off tour;

1/ Where do you go first?

Bed.

2/ Who do you see first?

My gf probably.

3What do you eat first?

Depends on the time of the day. If it’s morning it’s probably an omlette.

 

 

 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

My equipment obviously. To remember what’s the place/occasion. Lyrics. Get some proper sleep the night before. Probably I’ve forgotten the 5th thing I can’t forget.

 

 

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

Yes – it’s @noepmusic everywhere. instagram, facebook, twitter (I do nothing there though), youtube etc.

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