Nodus Tollens - 10 Questions Interview
Nodus Tollens is an up and coming indie- pop artist out of south Texas. As an established multi-instrumentalist and producer, his hands are in multiple local projects. Separating his producing work from his solo work, he decided to use the anonymous stage name, "Nodus Tollens" for his solo recordings. Creating a dreamy, relaxing musical landscape to reflect and convey his struggles with solo writing and self expression, Nodus sets the stage with his new single "Some Time Alone." We caught up with Nodus with 10 intriguing questions about his music, life and career.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Believe it or not, as corny as this is, the movie "School of Rock" was the first moment I remember wanting to learn how to play an instrument. Those kids were so cool and I wanted to be up on stage just like them. It wasn't until I got back from a gig with my friend that I felt like I needed to make my voice heard and finally release my own music. I reinvented my sounds and roughly one year later here I am.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I was playing drums for a friend and we were the local opener. We showed up early for sounds check and were ignored while the main act and traveling opener did their sound check. By the time they were finished it was 30 minutes until doors open and we asked the sound guy were we need to set up. Our hearts sank when all he said was "are y'all DJs or something?" We had to explain who we were, why we were there, what we needed to set-up, then, we set up in front of the main act's crap and sound checked all in time for doors open. Not the most exciting story, but it was a complete mess and I will never forget it.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I would say finally having an official Spotify and Apple Music page and having people listening to my music all over the world. I had someone like my song in China, that's crazy to me!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I start with a bottle of Merlot and drums and build up from there. Lyrics and vocals always come last and then I drown them in effects.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge I think we face is just a lack of respect for our art. Whether it be a venue not paying for a gig or a potential fan blowing us off because we only have a few hundred followers on social media. I can't pay rent with "exposure" but I also can't pay rent without it. It puts the artist in an awkward position of speaking up and potentially getting tossed aside and labeled as difficult or sucking it up and not getting paid.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Mac Demarco for sure. He seems like such a wholesome guy and I think his listeners would also enjoy my music as well. He has also been a huge inspiration for me on my journey as a musician, writer, and producer.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Practice, cry, practice, get distracted, try to practice again but start watching YouTube videos. It keeps going downhill from there.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Spoiler Alert! I have a song coming out on my EP that I haven't thought of a name for yet but the file on my computer is "Project 23". Anyway, this one has multiple vocal layers and exposed verses. As someone who hates his own voice this is very uncomfortable to record and produce, and eventually release. Kobe Patterson has been such a great mentor and has done nothing but encourage me the whole way through. I would never finish this song without him!
What's coming up in the future?
Release date is TBD but I am finishing up on an EP which will include Some Time Alone and several other new ones. I can't wait to show you! hopefully some live shows for some sneak peaks on the new songs.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Follow me on Spotify
Follow me on Instagram and feel free to say hello!