We took the time to dive in with one of the most well known, yet underrated dubstep producers in the game, Noya.
Q. When did you start making music?
I was in a band from middle school until my freshman year of college. We actually wound up writing and recording our first EP [ on CD pre internet] june 2001 so I guess that long ago haha. I know I’m a dinosaur from a different time but it’s been an interesting journey to say the least. The advances in music technology over the years have been an insane experience.
Q. When Did you realize that this was your passion, dance music that is.
That’s an easy one, the minute I finished listening to Rusko and Caspa’s legendary fabriclive mix. That was the moment I knew this whole area of music resonated with me in a deep unshakeable way. Dubstep was never a band-wagon means for achieving an end for me it’s a style of music I legitimately love to the core regardless of what variety or sub genre I’m listening to. I’d say I feel the same way about drum and bass it’s my other mental musical home.
Q. What is your favorite Record of All Time?
That is always a very tough question since there are so many that have either resonated with me or guided me through hard times. I would say overall including the test of time? Entroducing by DJ shadow. That record to this day has a lot of magic and weight to it especially considering the fact that it’s 21 years old. I’m convinced DJ shadow made that record from an alternate dimension then shipped it here for people like me to listen to over and over. I actually have a tradition, every October when the leaves change I grab a cup of coffee, throw Entroducing on my ear buds, and walk around Boston (or wherever I’m living) by myself listening from start to finish.
Q. What are you most excited about with your releases this year?
There are a couple very exciting tunes I have on deck that feature some of the most talented vocalists I’ve ever heard. They really brought the rain on these tunes so I’m dying to get them out there BUT all in due time. I have a lot of fun flavored dubstep bangers that I’m dropping for free as well so I’m excited to get those out to the fans and hopefully newcomers. I also feel like I’m finally where I want to be from a production and engineering standpoint so I’m excited to unleash what I consider to be my best work by far. This is probably the first year where I can comfortably make anything I want without thinking twice about it or panicking over the mix down.
Q. How Has Warpaint Helped Bring your Music To more people?
I was actually on the verge of hanging all of this up before Warpaint found me. They really believed in my music and had a concrete plan for how to get it out to listeners as well as develop me as an artist. I’ve been doing this for a long time so you could imagine that I’ve heard that one about a million times but it turns out they were not only telling the truth they’ve become real friends and I could not be more thankful. Music is a tough business and you will find a lot of predatory disingenuous people who only care about themselves so finding an outfit like warpaint where it’s team oriented was a serious blessing. They are without a doubt the best thing that has happened to me as an artist and I could not be more thankful.
Q. If you could work with one artist on a collab, who would it be.
Nero hands down. They’re this illusive mystery band who pops in and out every few years. When I heard innocence for the first time I was paralyzed. No other music group in existence has been able to do that to me let alone keep messing with my emotions for what 7 years now? They have the key to my nervous system and it’s not ok therefore I demand a collaboration. It would have to be in an alternate universe where my brain could handle knowing those gods wanted to work with me.
With all this in mind we can't wait for the new music to start rolling out.