In Noah D’s debut video “Just Right” (featuring the Grouch), we learn that sometimes you have to turn down the hot girl in your apartment while you master your craft behind the mixing board. Such is the life for Noah D, who has traded in the blistering distorted drop of most dubstep-affiliated DJs and went another route -- turning subtle samples into behemoth audio. And it works.
With his roots in the rapid-fire world of drum and bass, Noah D has since expanded his lexicon of genres. His full-length debut -- the aptly titled “Perspective” due April 10 via 12th Planet’s Smog imprint -- dabbles in everything from hip-hop to hints of R&B, dancehall and menacing cinematic horns matched with a James Bond-esque feeling of thrill throughout. It’s a fascinating collision of ideas, all the pieces of which have been masterfully put back together to unveil a fantastic debut album.
"Just Right" ft. The Grouch Music Video Debut
Words with Noah D
We recently caught up with Noah D to quickly chat about “Perspective,” where his influences stem from and the challenge of writing timeless music.
RedBullUSA.com: Let’s start with a simple question. What type of sound were you trying to capture on the new album?
Noah D: It’s a little bit of a new direction for me, but it’s not a complete departure. Overall, there are a lot of sounds taken from hip-hop, grime, reggae and dancehall to it -- even a pinch of R&B! I’ve got five vocal tunes on the album and they’re all different.
Noah D is afraid of no genre.
For sure! I’ve always had a very musical diverse upbringing and it’s important for me to continue to have those influences I grew up with come through with what I’m doing now. Like anyone trying to avoid jumping on the dubstep wagon, it’s a tough road.
"I want it to be rewarding to the listener over and over and over again."
There are a lot of big moments in your music, but they’re not necessarily massive, heart-stopping drops.
There are different types of big and different types of weight you can apply to a sound. A lot of the stuff that is easily accessible to the dubstep audience is very noisy and seems to rely on that explosive, in-your-face type of reaction. But that also goes away very quickly. I’ve always tried to write timeless music. You can never tell if it’s going to pan out that way or not, but I like to try. I don’t want all club floor bangers that disappear in a few months. I want it to be rewarding to the listener over and over and over again.
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