Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Namor. Together we discussed their relationship with music, the Bay Area, their newest album “Mile High Club”, and so much more!
1. Mustard is grateful to have Namor join them at Music Shelf. How are you doing today?
I’m doing well, thank you.
2. Mustard wonders what your relationship with music was growing up?
Growing up, I was surrounded by many different genres of music from different parts of the world. It has always had a significant presence in my life.
3. You’re an independent artist, producer, and songwriter. Which came first? How do they intertwine?
I’ve been producing music for quite a few years now, but I was more focused on highlighting the other vocalists and artists that I was working with for a while. Eventually, I started writing for my own songs. Each role has its place in the process.
4. What is your creative process?
I don’t have a formula to follow. I feel the most inspired when I find new music that I enjoy and when I meet new people. The creative process would be described as experiencing life itself.
5. Who (or what) are some of your influences?
Movies and cinema are a main influence behind my work. I love the visual medium and it tends to give me a lot of room to experiment with by creating sounds that can reflect specific scenes. I would also credit some pioneers of electronic music, both groups Kraftwerk and Daft Punk. They’ve had a significant influence on my work.
6. You’re from the Bay Area which has an incredible music scene. How has the Bay Area scene helped you as an artist?
I think the abundance of diverse styles in art are the true specialty of the Bay. It has introduced me to many different artists, whether they be painters, actors, or musicians. It allows for a lot of unique collaborations.
7. 2020 saw the release of your single “Your Love Tonight.” Was this single dedicated to someone special?
It was a brief experience but the result was a slow R&B song. My perspective in that song was one that tried to make her seem more special than she really was.
8. What is Namor’s ideal date?
I believe a genuine connection matters more than anything else. In some cases, it could be found through either fine dining or simply introducing someone to things and places that you like.
9. How did human boxer Evander Holyfield influence your single “Holyfield?”
That’s a great connection to make. When I had first made that pulsing beat, I had titled it “Holyfield” because it made me picture an abandoned field near a Churchyard. I felt it could be a distorted representation of sanctity. When Tucker Starbuck, LifeonMarzz, and I got into the studio to record the vocals that they had prepared, Marzz had initially performed that chorus speaking about Evander Holyfield. It was later changed and the final version follows more of the original concept.
10. You collaborate with a lot of artists. How does the collaboration process work?
I tend to solely work with those who I have creative chemistry with. I often make the music first and write/work with whoever I believe fits the track the most. Sometimes it’s myself, but sometimes it isn’t.
11. Mustard wonders if you wrote “Mile High Club” on an airplane? Do you have a favorite model of aircraft?
I wrote the track “Silk Skin” while on a flight to Las Vegas back in 2021, if that counts. Unfortunately, I’m severely lacking in aircraft knowledge.
12. Could you share more about your debut album “Mile High Club?” What was the process like putting it together?
The album was originally intended to be played in a club setting, but we later moved more into the direction of Pop. The tracklist tells a story about two individuals interacting within an elite nightclub. The male voices represent the man and the two female voices represent the woman. I’m grateful to have had the chance to work with very talented singers and artists in order to make this project what it is. Every voice had a role in it, and I believe it speaks for itself.
13. Are there specific requirements to join the Mile High Club?
The key is to expand your mind. I can’t speak on the requirements of entry at this time, but they’re not what you would think they would be.
14. How would you describe your live performances?
My live shows are made to be a distinct experience that draws on the various emotions received through the music itself. I am looking forward to what we’re planning for my upcoming shows.
15. What is next for Namor?
I’ve got a lot more solo projects for the next chapter. Until then, you can expect to hear more of my production on LifeonMarzz and Tucker Starbuck’s upcoming solo projects.
16. Where can readers listen to your music?
My music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, Amazon Music, and every other streaming platform. You can listen to “The Mile High Club” here: https://lnkfi.re/MileHighClub