The Nu - Living It Up

Track of the Week

How was your weekend? If you’re looking for some new music to kickstart your week then look no further!

The Nu is an eclectic mash up of electro dance melodies, raw indie rock energy and just a smattering of metal. Their latest release ‘Living It Up’ is no different! Take a listen and find out more about the track below.

What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
This track is about the celebration that can appear when chasing your dreams in an ever-changing industry full of toxicity and scandal. It’s about the smile on your face when you transform the negative energy around you into the motivation needed to dig yourself onto new ground.

We chase our passions instead of giving in and thinking it’ll never happen, because WE believe we can make it regardless of our surroundings. When we achieve hard earned bucket list goals, the celebration feels like we’re ‘Living It Up’.

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
Half of me loves artists that don’t tick boxes for a cheque, the ones that try to be innovative and actually say something worth hearing instead of just filling space. The other half of me still admires some of those artists as there is a precious sense of escapism that appears when you’re just having the best time in a festival tent dancing to a catchy tune where you can forget about the struggles of the world. The artists that sonically inspired the track would be The Killers, Enter Shikari, Lorde and loads more. Too many to mention really!

What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
The key to my sound is never taking no for an answer. I experiment with new ideas all the time, no matter how ‘out there’ they seem. The Nu is about being proud of the fact that you’re trying to push boundaries, actively giving a middle finger to the boxes and labels in peoples’ heads on how you should be and not just churn out what’s trending in the charts this month.

All the songs that you have heard by The Nu including ‘Living It Up’ are in all parts written, performed, recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by myself in my bedroom.

How does your songwriting process work?
I don’t really have a process as such, but one of the ways I love to write is to book a rehearsal room at BIMM, go in with my lyric book and just play whatever comes to mind with a big hall reverb on absolutely everything. It helps me to envision the song in a recreation of a room I’d eventually aspire to play it in.

Describe your sound in 3 words…
Sorry I’m gonna use 4 but..

The Killers in Ibiza.

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
BIMM has helped me in so many different ways. From all the new skills I have learnt in the Songwriting Techniques module, to one-on-one tutorials about sound direction, marketing and branding. Plus countless production and event management tutorials. Now, as I go into year 2 of my songwriting degree, there’s creative tech in live performance too, which I am really excited about.

What’s next for you?
I am supporting the critically acclaimed London band Deco at The Sunflower Lounge on November the 19th with my band, which I am very excited about. I’m working extremely hard on the follow up to Nustock 1 – a DIY event I hosted in October with a good friend of mine and upcoming artist Cole Stock (check my socials for footage).

Something very special will be appearing on my Youtube channel imminently and I’ll be kicking off 2020 very quickly with quite a large bang as will be revealed in the coming months!

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POSTED ON: October 21, 2019
  • Birmingham