Music Eyz Interview with NuBorg
Genre of music: Ambient, pop, alternative
Twitter name: NuBorg
Where do you live?
I’m from Oslo, Norway. Currently I live between Oslo and London, UK.
Many of our readers are UK based and as such may not be aware of you or your music. How would you describe your sound?
The whole idea of this project was to be able to recreate a sound that I’ve had inside me for the longest time, but that I haven’t really heard anywhere else. The concept is heavy, slow rhythms, with room and space between, filling that room with many layers
of ambient guitars and effects, and then adding slight wispy, airy vocals on top. I am very happy about the result, as it came out the way I heard it before we started recording.
Tell us about your latest release.
Away With the Fairies is one of the darker songs in this project; heavy drums and a guitar solo by Gildas Le Pape, former guitarist in the black metal band Satyricon. Some people have told me that the solo actually gets them thinking of Eric Clapton’s epic guitar solo on The Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which I think is an immense compliment, especially to Gildas of course, but I am happy too as this Beatles song is one of my favorite songs of all time. I have been producing this project in Oslo together with Odd Jensen, and we created a vocal pad to go in the background in the second chorus.
It is quite low in the mix, as it is intended as a lift to this part only, but recording it was great fun, adding multiple voices in different pitches – in the top track I am going to a very high pitch, up to a B2. Since I go down to B-2 as well in the verses we realized that my range vocally in this song was actually four octaves. Fun fact for geeks.
What was your motivation for this latest release?
As I said earlier – it has to do with creating a sound that only existed in my head. I guess I really needed to let it out.
What influences are there that helped shape your sound?
Well, life itself has thrown quite a lot of inspiration in my face. Then there’s always the heroes – Portishead, Massive Attack, Ultravox, Pink Floyd… I listen to lots of different kinds of music, classical, jazz, heavy metal, electronica, you name it. All kinds of atmospheric sounds have always resonated strongly in me. As does silence…
What is the music scene like in your home town?
It is very diverse, a lot of brilliant musicians. A lot of people are exploring new sounds. I really think Oslo is a place where things are happening right now. If only we could find functional ways in which musicians could get pay for their work in the internet era, I’m sure we’d see many good recordings coming out of there.
How did you get started in music?
I have done some pop-jazz things earlier, gigging in jazz clubs etc., releasing an album in that style (Gunhild Nyborg, Transitions, available on iTunes/Spotify/Amazon). In the beginning I wasn’t really planning to work in music, but obviously music has always been an important part of my life and gradually I found myself digging into vocal techniques, songwriting, and music production. I guess I found myself drawn to it with such a force that there was no way out…
What hints and tips would you offer to anybody trying to get in to music?
This is tricky. I love creative processes, and would like to encourage anyone who has creative energy to go for it! With modern studio hardware and software it is easier than ever before to get a good quality recording of your music and there are plenty of sites where you can upload your music for free. But it is hard to be heard, and since most labels have little resources these days, very few artists are in a position where they can focus on their music full-time.
If you weren’t in music, what do you think you would be doing and why?
Well… Actually I am a trained medical doctor too… So I know what I would be doing, if it weren’t for these strong impressions that are pushing me in another direction.
If you could collaborate with any body, who would it be and why?
Phil Collins! Imagine, writing and producing a song with him – focusing on atmosphere, melody and rhythm, seeing how large a build-up we’d be able to make….
Just how big can you be?
I really don’t know. We’ve had full focus on creating the right sound. Although a lot of fantastic and inspiring people are contributing to this project, we don’t have a large apparatus around us and so far I guess the project is a well kept secret.
Are there any acts that you think our readers should be keeping an eye on?
So many interesting things happening now. One very talented artist is Emilie Nicolas, you should check her out on Soundcloud!
In terms of your music what does success look like?
Success for me is if enough people like my music so that I can stay in this zone. I would really like to produce more music and I love working with my producer Odd Jensen. I have ideas for new songs… And also some audiovisual concepts that I would love to
explore. Success is to be able to make those things real.
Do you have any plans to visit the UK?
At the moment I am staying in London regularly, although I spend most of my time in Oslo. Would love to play here sometime.
What message would you like to leave for the readers of Music Eyz and everybody in the UK?
We have a website www.nuborg.com with direct links to all our social media, iTunes and Spotify. Check out our songs, there will be a new song released on the 15. of every month until the summer! We’re truly grateful for every like and share we get.
Anything else you want to say as part of the interview?
Thank you for the interview, it has been a pleasure!