Electro-pop artist Noah Whiteside stopped by to speak about why Paul McCartney would be his dream collaboration, what the music scene in New York is really like and his latest single ‘Seven Seas’.
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
My writing process is fairly disjointed. I can only write songs in one sitting because I find that if I leave a song I’m working on and come back to it later I lose that instant spark of creativity. Great songs fall out of the sky, In my opinion. For me the music always comes first, lyrics second. Some of my favorite songs of all time have nonsense lyrics, “Lithium” by Nirvana; the melody and music is out of this world but the lyrics are more or less random phrases slapped together. Kurt was a genius in that respect.
Who are your main musical influences and why?
My main musical influences, that’s a loaded question. The Beatles are my all time favorites and have been for years. Elton John, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Johnny Thunders, The Ramones, The Clash, The Police, the list really goes on. It’s probably odd that that list of influences inspired this new Electronic record I’m releasing but I think inspiration can be found in all types of music.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
If I could collaborate with anyone dead or alive it would be Paul McCartney hands down. He’s the greatest songwriter of all time and his guitar playing is seriously overlooked. He’s simply the best. End of story.
What’s the music scene like where you are from?
The music scene where I am from in Upstate New York was pretty underwhelming when I was growing up. Just a lot of bad 90’s cover bands and people playing Dave Matthews on untuned guitars. The scene has grown since then though and there are some seriously cool venues in the Albany New York area now.
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
My latest release (“Seven Seas”) is a desperate love song about someone who is no longer around. I tried to make the music a little more uplifting than the lyrics but I don’t think it worked out that way. Such is life.