INTERVIEW FEATURE: Noms (Bonus Exclusive Mix)
For those who may be unfamiliar with the infamous PopThat Panda, would you please give our readers a short introduction, Noms?
Noms – Haha. Well, I’m Noms and I produce weird bass music.
When did you first become interested in EDM, and what genres caught your initial interest?
Noms – I have been interested in EDM ever since I was a young panda. Since like 13 when I was watching Daft punk music videos on Toonami, and then later on Adult Swim flylo.
Describe your first live EDM experience.
Noms – When I was 18 I went to The Middle East in Boston and saw Toddla T. I got to meet him after the show and had such a great time.
How long had you been DJ’ing before deciding to attempt producing?
Noms – I began DJing when I was 18, and then really got into producing 2 years later.
How did your experience first as a mixer translate into your growth creating original music?
Noms – I really learned a lot about sound selection and I always get inspiration from everythang in my library, it helped with my production a lot.
Seven gorgeous, single, 22 year old Asian schoolgirls show up at your front door asking for help with a flat tire… How do you woo them?
Noms – Call Triple A and ask them if they would like any Bamboo.
Where did the name “Noms” originate from, and what spurred the Panda fascination?
Noms – Pretty much I like to eat food and I was producing music at the time, and I was like… Damn.. What am I going to name myself? Lol. So I just thought of “om nom nom,” and Pandas are the best animals.
Who are your current major influences as an artist?
Noms – Most of my homies are influencing me right now. The MOD Crew in Boston has really been killing it for me. Husky from Detroit is my dude, great tunes. Also Flying lotus, Tokimonsta, Munchi, Wooferface, Hitomi J-Cup and far too many more to mention.
When you began producing, did you ever think your work would be featured by names like Mad Decent, Moombah +, Generation Bass and Walmer Convenience?
Noms – Haha probably not. I was like, damn I’m making all this weird ish and they like it. Haha.
What made you choose Ableton as a DAW over the other programs available?
Noms – I tried FL Studio, but I didn’t dig it very much. Then I picked up dat free Ableton and I was like, this is the one…
Which has been your favorite live gig to date, and why?
Noms – Damn!!! This is a hard one… I have two really. That time in Montreal, shout out to Booty Bakery, and when I played that 285 Kent Yung Sinjin Hawke show, such vibes mane! That was my first time meeting Nadus, Mike Q and my homie Tanner Caldwell.
Your productions have been pretty eclectic in regards to genre so far. Do you think you’ll settle into a more focused style as you mature? Why or why not?
Noms – You never know, I might. Haha, prob not really. I love too many genres. I’ll have my Noms approved style of production, but i’ll always be experimenting with new thangs.
Which of your tracks gave you the biggest “damn I did that” moment? Why?
Noms – Haha probably my Curtis Vodka remix.. after I finished that piece, it was like 5:30 AM and I was in another realm.
What are the top three festival events you would most like to headline in your career?
Noms – Oh mane!!! SXSW for sure, Coachella and definitely the Mad Decent Block Party <3.
What is your “go-to” choice from the ice cream truck?
Noms – Oh mane…! Hardest one ever… I think that American ice-pop thing. When I was a kid, I felt so American eating that thing. They need to make a sweet Kung-Fu Panda ice cream though.
Make your shout-outs Noms!
Noms – S/O to Bim Tonner (aka Big Bawss) for hooking up this interview and mix ting :3. S/O to Tanner Caldwell, Nadus, Sliink, Papa Dirty South Joe, Westside Schmucks, CJ milli, Tigorilla, Maal a Goomba, Brenmar, Earmilk.com, Marce Reazon, Seapunk Gang, RAW Records <3, Tomcrew and Bamboo!
Thank YOU Noms!
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