A Q&A with NSEC
Faceless electronica not missing heart and soul – here’s Timmy Faith and Damo Devotion from NSEC…
How did you get the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
‘Connected’ is all about how wonderful it is that we are all now potentially connected via the internet, hence the title, but it’s also about the fact that we need to be cautious about the information presented to us online, as it may not always be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
This is our debut release on the Animal Farm label, and the hardest part was picking which track to put out. You only get one chance to make a first impression, and so we chose a song which always hits the spot when we play live, and we believe it is a great way to introduce ourselves to the world. The track itself came together remarkably quickly and easily. Sometimes it just happens that way. It’s almost as if they write themselves.
What do enjoy most about producing your own material?
We write, perform and produce all of our own tracks, along with the artwork, and the videos, and we even make our own synthesisers. Mixing and mastering was done by the guys at The Animal Farm, who added an extra sheen of sparkling voodoo magic to make it radio ready.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
A feeling that no matter what happens, there are people out there in the world just like them, who think, act and behave in a positive way, and that whatever happens, everything will be OK.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
We work alone in separate studios, and rarely meet. It all starts with the bass. A big, fat, juicy analogue synth bass. Everything else is built around that. Timmy produces an instrumental track in his studio, gives it a title, and then sends it to Damo who writes the lyrics and records the vocal and adds additional sonic drama in his studio, then the track and ideas about how it could be made even better are bounced back and forth via email until it’s done.
“Accessible, enjoyable and danceable”
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
We are often compared to Daft Punk, which is very flattering, as they are right up there with the best of them, but we have been influenced by every great synthpop song we have ever heard from the likes of Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and OMD through to New Order, A Certain Ratio and Yazoo. We take all of those influences, all of the tracks we know and love, mash all those ideas together, add a big dollop of #nSECmUSIC magic, and out pops a brand-new track. It’s not really a conscious thing. We just make the kind of music we love and love the kind of music we make.
When the world is back to normal where would like to tour, and why?
We would like to be the first band to play on both the Moon and Mars. We already perform live wearing astronaut suits and helmets, so we are pretty much good to go. We’re just waiting for a call from Elon Musk to give us the precise tour dates. Before that, we’d like to show the people of Earth what we’ve got, and play live on every continent. Like Metallica. But with synths. And spacesuits.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
Connected was chosen to be our debut single, as it’s a great track to bring people into our world, but it only shows a small fraction of what we are all about. Our next single, ‘Mr. Moogie’, is a little different, but equally accessible, enjoyable and danceable, and our hope is that our new-found fans and friends all around the world will join us on our journey of musical discovery, and that they will grow, change and develop along with us. The only rule when it comes to making our music is that there are no rules. We just do what we do.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
First and foremost, it’s about having fun. When the fun stops, we will stop. Until that happens, we’d love to play some of the big UK and international festivals when they are back up and running and share our music with a much wider audience. At the moment, we are working on creating a whole new multimedia experience for our live shows that we hope will knock their collective socks off. Or knock their collective wellington boots off, if it’s a festival in the UK.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
We’ve been Non Stop Erotic Cabaret, and you’ve been an awesome audience. Be good to one another and do whatever you can to make the world a better place.
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