An Interview with Nomad No Home

By Damilola Grey

Dami: What was your first introduction to hip hop?

Nomad No Home: My first real introduction to hip hop was an encounter I had back at the music summer program I had where they had a studio and I automatically felt connected and wanted to hear, and to be around music more.

Dami: What inspired you to start rapping?

Nomad No Home: I had been making beats since 2016. I was freestyling and my friends really seemed to like the freestyles so I started writing. I bought all my studio equipment around my 17 th birthday and my career really took off right from there.

Dami: Can you tell us a bit more about that?

Nomad No Home: Okay. As I had mentioned, I started making beats back in 2016 when I would get any chance out with my friends, or just with people in general. I would either have my music on my phone or with me on a USB and I would have people play it when they are in their cars, or speakers and it grew from there. In 2018 I started freestyling, just joking with my friends, not taking anything serious, but all three of the people who were watching me rap could see that I was not just saying regular rap rhymes. I would throw punchlines and references in freestyles like it was scripted, and my friends would flip. My first song “Atlantis” premiered on December 12th, 2020, and I just took each experience as a new encounter. I took what I knew and I implemented that, ran with it, and enhanced it to where I am at today.

Dami: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Nomad No Home: J Cole (even though I haven’t made a track like him yet) and Logic most definitely. My other inspirations are Dreamville, Yvngxchris, Lil Baby, Wvstend, and Lil Uzi Vert.

Dami: How would you describe your style of music?

Nomad No Home: I would describe it as lyrical but also fun at the same time. A lot of these songs were produced by Wvstend and myself. Stretching different timings into these beats to get your head bop the whole time is the best I could describe it. Most of these beats alone could put you in a trance, but on top of that I add my vocals and
together it’s a masterpiece like no other.

Dami: Where do you grab inspiration from when making music?

Nomad No Home: To tell the truth, I play it by the ear on every song. I’ll rap about whatever is going on with my life, and also tell a few stories along the way. I want my music to sound unique like all other artists but also, to be a vibe as well. Like I said before, to fill all the vibes. Being versatile for all my fans.

Dami: What has been the most stressful part of being an artist?

Nomad No Home: Marketing for sure, but it’s the whole concept of making everything on the song. Then the other part of being an independent artist, which is the books and BMI registration, and making sure there are clean versions and lyrics on songs. Trying to make sure all my ends are secured is a tough process.

Dami: What has been the most memorable part of being an artist so

Nomad No Home: My shows, even though they are small right now. I filled the vibe in every room I have been in, no matter the size, and I believe a part of my versatility is I could perform at open mics, and karaoke nights, or places with a piano since I play that instrument. But also the 6th of January 2022 was really memorable. I did 24 hours in my studio making and mixing this EP.

Dami: Can you tell us more on this EP you’re working on?

Nomad No Home: Yeah, it’s called L.I.F.T.W which stands for Love Is for the Weak. I was struggling trying to find songs that were good enough to publish for the past 5 months. Every time I find motivation to make a beat or a song, something comes up, and something has happened. It’s about love because the release date (Valentine’s Day) is a really good holiday to release music with that type of motive and since I made all these songs about love and the different views that I see about love, turns out to be for the weak. In reality, life just has a way of always getting that 1 up on you which is what the last song was for (“igetit!”). Each song paints a story and a world for you to vibe in, cry in, rage in, party to, whatever you want with it. It’s your world!

Dami: What’s your creative process like?

Nomad No Home: I either make the beat or I’ll collaborate with a producer to make the beat, and then I’ll either write to the song or start freestyling right then and there. I prefer writing my raps down so most times I’ll sit back and think about what to put down- then, once it’s down in the DAW- I mix, add effects, and save a hit!

Dami: What are your dream collaborations?

Nomad No Home: Yvngxchris. Even though we got a song, I want to make a hit in the studio with Yvngxchris. Another would be Tyler the Creator. I know my fans are going to be confused when this comes out but he literally creates his imagery and lyricism from the weirdest, funkiest beats, and blends it so well with his creative persona. I know if we were in a studio together, the vibe would be immaculate, and a lot of hits would be made.

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