Saturday, January 6, 2018

Music: Interview with Musician NOLTAC

For the year's first blog post, why not start with music? We've been fortunate to get an interview with eccletic musician NOLTAC, so read on to find out more about his career and his work. And don't forget to click on the links to get more information and buy his music.

Please tell us a little about your background and where you are from.
I am from Prince George's County MD which is part of the DC, MD, and VA Metropolitan area. My background is based in music. I've studied music starting at 8 years old when I and my twin brother were in instrumental class. I played the flute and still do to this day. I have experience in piano, bass guitar, violin, steel drum pan, and the tuba. I graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree from Nyack College and seek to get a trade in audio engineering and composition for film.

Sounds like you were born to play music, so when did you realize you had a calling?
I realized I had a calling for music at 15. I was in my high school band and we had a discussion with a rep from Bowie State about getting into a career in music, and I was inspired by my band director Mr. Alphonso Jiles, to pursue something I loved. That was playing music, but I wanted to take it a step further and learn everything there was to music, and that's when I decided I'd be a composer/songwriter.

Was your band director a great influence for you to follow in the music career?
Yes. He loved to teach us about music and I would see the passion he had for it when he would teach us it, even when I would take the initiative when it came to conducting, and teaching me the tuba! I wanted to have the same passion and fire for music.

Do you also write the lyrics and compose the songs?

I write mainly instrumental music and beats because sometimes I feel the music can tell the story with emotions the audience/listener feel better than words can at times. When I want to write something that contains lyrics, I'll write the lyrics in the form of a story to help me guide the lyrics into a specific direction.

That’s a great idea to write the lyrics like a story. When was the first time you performed live and how did you feel?
First time I preformed live I was 9 years old, and I was so nervous that I almost shat myself, but that was because I drank too much milk. LOL!

I can imagine being nervous that young! Is there a specific performance you feel was your best so far? If so, where and why?
My best performance I would say came from my senior recital at 21 years old. It was a requirement for all composition and music majors. The only difference for a comp major was that I had to have all the music in the recital be composed by me. The hours of writing, scheduling rehearsals with other students, on top of going to classes, doing homework and other student meetings, it was one of the most stressful times in my life. When I finally heard and performed all the music I composed for that recital, it was excellent and the work put in it was well worth it.

What do you enjoy the most about your interaction with the fans?
They comment and ask questions, which gives me the chance to get to know them and in turn they get to know me!

That’s great that you can enjoy your fans as well. How do you draw inspiration to write your music? 
I'll sometimes listen to old vintage jazz music and then just sit at a piano and improvise some notes until I hear something that sticks out to me and try to embellish what I just played. Other times, I'll hear a tune in my dreams and as soon as I wake up I'll put what I hear into my DAW.

What are you working on now and what are your plans for the future? Where can we find and buy your music?
Right now, my future goals is to press on to have some of my instrumental music placed in TV ads, commercials, video games and any other avenues that instrumental music can be used. I plan on creating another beat tape or instrumental music album to add to my catalog to keep it growing. To build for myself, my wife and future children.

You can find my music for purchase at the following links below:

Perfect. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and hope to hear from you again. Take care and God bless.

Thank you so much for your time in granting us this interview and we wish you lots of success in your music career! Congratulations on your accomplishments!

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