Wellington-based UK native Jason Nolan has been behind a series of moody and immersive releases. Signed to Majestic Casual Records, the singer/producer blends a range of genres in his unique approach to electronic production. The result is something special, with Jason drawing from early Jazz teachings and incorporating them into his music.
We can see these ideas culminate in his recent single ‘Peach’, which features Jason’s smooth vocals layered over twisted Harp samples and blues-inspired instrumentation.
We caught up with Jason ahead of the single release to talk about the track and to get to know him better as an artist. Check it out below;
Introduce yourself to me, where you’re from, raised and where you are now?
My name is Jason Nolan and I have grown up in a little town called Oxted and have been living in Wellington for the past couple of years.
Tell me about some of your early encounters with music? What did you grow up listening to?
I grew up listening to a lot of pop music and watching a lot of my Dad’s music tapes. Also, a lot of music videos before Mum took me to school. And then at the same time, I was playing recorder like everybody does but moved on to playing flute for a while.
Tell me about the time you first started making music, what inspired you to start making music and what were those early days like?
I really think making music for me started with two of my best friends on the playground. And then from there just always being obsessed with recording and songwriting. I remember getting an iTalk which was great to start jotting ideas and then spending a little time in a studio that I had bugged a few times for work experience got me into producing. The early days were amazing for completing songs but yeah a lot of rough ones too.
You’ve recently moved to Wellington, what inspired that?
I’m not too sure, to be honest. I had been thinking about moving to a place away from home for a little while and then have ended up being here for a couple of years. I met lots of amazing Kiwis when I was in Spain and liked the idea of being closer to nature.
I guess we’re really in the age of the ‘bedroom producer’, do you think that title applies to you? Tell me a bit more about how you go about recording your music?
Hmm, I’ve never thought of myself as a bedroom producer. I hardly made any there, although I am more now. I do think though that it is great everybody has more access to making music and producing for sure.
How would you describe your music?
I never know what to say to this but I think soulful, textural, electronic.
What influences you to make music?
It’s probably the only thing that I always love doing. Even when nothing comes it’s always a good and often necessary evening.
Tell me more about your recent track?
My new tune is called Peach. The first idea came a few years ago but I only finished it last year. It uses some warped harp samples in the instrumental which is not something that I usually do. My brother also likes this one.
What do you have planned for 2020?
2020 is gonna be a big year music-wise. I’ve been working more with other artists and have been feeling more creative in the last few months so excited for the year to come.
You can check out Jason’s new song ‘Peach’ below;