Nao

Nao

Was creating Saturn a different musical experience for you?
Yes it was, I had a theme at the beginning of the album which was Saturn. It meant I could draw from all the elements of what a Saturn Returns is which was good when writing the album whenever I had writer’s block.
Do you have a favorite from the album?
It changes every day. Today my favourite is ‘Drive & Disconnect’.
What characterize your music philosophy, sound and songbook?
I think of my music as a cake with lots of ingredients that I put into the mix - funk, jazz, R&B, electronic. I mix it up and a cake appears, different flavours each time.
What helped you to embrace your own voice?
Doing a pretend radio show when I was little with my friend. I remember hearing my voice back for the first time and it was really weird but we kept doing it and I got used to it.
How would you describe this new stage of your career that you’ve entered into?
Exciting.
"I remember one time I had a studio session with Anderson .Paak… don’t take drugs" [Nao]
How did you become a solo artist?
I killed all my other band members. *laughs*
What is wonky funk for you ?
It was a sound that I produced between 2014 and 2016. It embodied that moment in time and what I was doing. But I wouldn’t call this new album wonky funk.
Saturn is about the process of embracing adulthood. Was it hard for you ?
Yes. I’m still going through it, but yes.
Which acquaintances have been the most important experiences? What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
The best advice anyone ever gave me - ‘a wise man pees when he can and a fool pees when he has to’. *laughs* That came from my tour manager, he could be my important acquaintance.
Are there any memories from gigs, open acts and studio sessions memorable?
I remember one time I had a studio session with Anderson .Paak… don’t take drugs.
How do you hope your music is received?
I hope people love it and share it. I hope it cements into the world as a really important record.

Nao

Was creating Saturn a different musical experience for you?
Yes it was, I had a theme at the beginning of the album which was Saturn. It meant I could draw from all the elements of what a Saturn Returns is which was good when writing the album whenever I had writer’s block.
Do you have a favorite from the album?
It changes every day. Today my favourite is ‘Drive & Disconnect’.
What characterize your music philosophy, sound and songbook?
I think of my music as a cake with lots of ingredients that I put into the mix - funk, jazz, R&B, electronic. I mix it up and a cake appears, different flavours each time.
What helped you to embrace your own voice?
Doing a pretend radio show when I was little with my friend. I remember hearing my voice back for the first time and it was really weird but we kept doing it and I got used to it.
How would you describe this new stage of your career that you’ve entered into?
Exciting.
"I remember one time I had a studio session with Anderson .Paak… don’t take drugs" [Nao]
How did you become a solo artist?
I killed all my other band members. *laughs*
What is wonky funk for you ?
It was a sound that I produced between 2014 and 2016. It embodied that moment in time and what I was doing. But I wouldn’t call this new album wonky funk.
Saturn is about the process of embracing adulthood. Was it hard for you ?
Yes. I’m still going through it, but yes.
Which acquaintances have been the most important experiences? What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
The best advice anyone ever gave me - ‘a wise man pees when he can and a fool pees when he has to’. *laughs* That came from my tour manager, he could be my important acquaintance.
Are there any memories from gigs, open acts and studio sessions memorable?
I remember one time I had a studio session with Anderson .Paak… don’t take drugs.
How do you hope your music is received?
I hope people love it and share it. I hope it cements into the world as a really important record.