Q&A: NOËP Talks ‘On My Way’ & Self-Directed Video

A month ago, Estonian artist NOËP have released his new single ‘On My Way’ on Perfect Havoc, featuring UK singer-songwriter CHINCHILLA. A perfect mix between House and Chill/Pop that results in a beautiful piece of music, alongside an incredibly catchy and infectious vocal from both performers.

More than a simple review, we have now the pleasure to host Andres – aka NOËP – to know a bit more about ‘On My Way’ and what’s behind the music video.. We had a nice chat, take a look!

Hi Andres! First of all, can you tell us more about NOËP?

First of all, I’d like to say that I’m happy you got the name right. In most of the interviews in Estonia they spell my name NÖEP. So thank you for that!  

Congrats on your new treat ‘On My Way’ with CHINCHILLA, catchy title! Any anecdotes about the track?

Thanks! There are absolutely no anecdotes about the track! But there was an Instagram story of a person who was driving an ambulance. They were playing “On My Way” and the story said, “When people wonder where the ambulance is…” I hope that translates right, but it really cracked me up.

And more than that, you’ve also directed its music video! What’s the story behind this one?

I was going for more of a “music” video rather than a short film style. With a track like ‘On My Way’, you just expect to see dancing on screen by default, but I didn’t want to do a video with just people dancing. Since I recently played Beatsaber at my friend’s place I really enjoyed how playfully dance-like girls play the game. I think that’s where I got the idea for the video. And since I’m intrigued by the way the world will turn out in the following decades, I like to use some semi-futuristic elements in my videos. I’m planning to use more in future.

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What’s your creative process for making music? Maybe do you have some tips to share?

My creative processes can be very different. Sometimes I just have something that I really wanna get out and it ends up being a song. But most of the time I like to start with an inspiring sound or a chord progression. When I find the “right sound” it usually triggers something in my head – a lyric or a melody line, which later forms into a concept. I have to have a strong concept straight away. I don’t understand how people can just write lyrics without having a concept first.

What are next month’s highlights for you, any releases ahead?

We’re currently focusing on ‘On My Way’ and to get that more widespread. Of course, I write some new music and other stuff on a daily basis, but I have no other release plans right now. I’m planning to work out more – that’s important.

Last but not least, what single night out has been the most memorable for you as a performer? And as an attendee?

For me it was definitely my concert in Musee D’Orsay in Paris. A sold-out show in one of the coolest museums in the world. It was such a blast. I remember watching the huge crystal chandeliers in the ceiling moving pretty heavily due to all the people jumping.

As an attendee, I was hiking in Snowdon with my brother and a friend last year. And after that we went to Liverpool, I think. Randomly we saw that there was a band performing in a few hours in a bar-like place. We got tickets and I accidentally attended one of the coolest live performances I’ve been to. A band called Black Sea Dahu.

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