NOISE NETWORK QuickFire Questions

By Frank Bell

London production duo Noise Network drops their new lush single Let It Go lifted from EXPLORERS their eagerly anticipated summer debut album and answers our QFQs.

What was the first album you bought?
Mike: ‘Brimful Of Asha’ by Cornershop, and my mom bought me a Ricky Martin CD which I thoroughly enjoyed when I was 6.
Alastair: For me it was ‘Elephant’ by The White Stripes and I distinctly remember getting it in Asda!

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?
Mike: I was really into a lot of ‘dad music’ when I was younger; Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, etc. A lot of that music was through-composed, which always piqued my interest. On the other hand, I used to listen to a lot of composers such as Debussy, Rachmaninov, Holst, Stravinsky etc. A constant inspiration for me has also been music from the 80s and early-90s; a perfect storm of incredible studio musicianship and state-of-the-art technology.
Alastair: I certainly share a love for a lot of 80s music and a lot of this 80s-influenced electronic/pop that’s so back in fashion now. Though a big influence for me has been the band St Lucia and electronic producers ODESZA and Oliver. I love how their music is a bit more harmonically rich and exciting than most ‘EDM’, but produced to such a high standard and also incorporating a lot of organic sounds and samples, rather than all totally synthetic.

What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?
We’re both heavily into cinematography, photography, and concept drawings. Sometimes looking at these forms of art can either start an idea for a track or provide visual inspiration during the writing/producing stage.

Tell us about your single ‘Let It Go’?
We’d been listening to a bit of future bass and glitchy electronic music and were really drawn to the level of detail in all the chopped-up production and little pieces of ‘ear candy’ in the tracks. It was really fun to piece together all the little elements in the main drop sections of ‘Let It Go’, but we also wanted it to be a memorable track that, when stripped down, is quite simple both harmonically and melodically!

What have you got lined up the rest of the year (2021)?
We’re aiming to make more vocal tracks and collaborate with a variety of new artists to create an EP; we’ve already finished one track and started on two more. On top of this we have a few concepts for some production/sync albums to work on, which is always extremely fun as we enjoy writing music for briefs and concepts the most!