The coronavirus lockdown has been difficult for everyone right now, but especially for musicians who are used to collaborating and performing live to get their music heard. Thankfully there are still plenty of acts looking to do their part during this crisis, including White Noise Project, whose latest single Cool People has been released in aid of NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.
Following on from their debut single Choose Life, the East Midlands-based production outfit take their cues from the pulsing electronic sound of Depeche Mode and Orbital to deliver a bold and pounding new offering, filled with high energy and a passionate rhythm.
So with their new track doing the rounds right now, we sat down with them to find out more about their latest release and what plans they have for the future.
Hi, how are you today?
Hi, despite the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in I feel completely blessed and lucky that my loved ones and I are currently well and in good spirits.
For those that aren’t familiar with your music, how would you best describe your sound?
I would describe our music as an interpretation of downtempo electronica, which embellishes both the past and present. So, we use a lot of 80’s and 90’s monophonic sounds and arpeggiators, which means we do a lot of layering of instruments. This is then blended with tech house and house style beats. Our tracks are quite intricate and can sound full or chaotic with intertwining mono melodies. We really believe that we write great melodic festival tracks for Sun, Friends, Beer, Music, Stalls, Food and a good old dance!
And what artists have influenced you the most over the years?
Many artists have influenced over the years, but especially electronic artists. Bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, Orbital, Blur, Bronski Beat, Kasabian, Dernier Metro, Blamanche, OMD, Adamski, Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Azzido da Bass, Deadmaus, Freestylers, Fat Boy Slim aka Norma Cook and Mint Royale Away from the norm electronic people Paul Weller, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Blondie, Terry Hall Parov Stelar
You have just released your latest single Cool People. Can you tell us a little bit about how that track came about?
The track is based around me going to Lost Village Festival in 2018 & 19. As we are Electronic music fans, we thought we’d venture to a more electronic based festival. The great thing about festivals is everyone is cool, money, class, sex, age, education, salary, gay, straight, bi, black or white, it doesn’t matter we’re all cool. But when we go back to normal life, we all quite easily get sucked in to judging and say in what is and isn’t cool. We all want to be cool, so we wanted to challenge the perception of what cool is, because its’ what we make it. Today the coolest people on the planet are the key workers and NHS staff who are putting their lives at risk to save ours, truly humbling and very cool!
And are you planning to make it part of a larger release, such as an EP or album, in the months to come?
Yes, Cool People is our second release. We have a further 6 or 7 tracks we’re currently finishing with another load we’ve started, which are just at idea stage. We would like to release a limited-edition vinyl album of the 2020 digital releases with additional tracks and special interludes between tracks making it seamless.
Aside from the new music, what other plans have you got in store for 2020?
Our plans for 2020 are very much on track, which is to write and prepare a live show for festivals in 2021 & 2022. We would like to share the shows around November time to some small audiences across the country. We will be very much spending our time in our studio experimenting with audio and visual ideas.
And how has the coronavirus virus outbreak affected your productivity so far?
It has affected us to a degree, purely because we are supporting vulnerable family members and they must come first, but apart from that we’re all good. We just want everyone to stay safe.
And finally, what has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?
It hasn’t happened yet…
White Noise Project’s latest single Cool People is available to stream and download now, with all proceeds in aid of NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.
Download Link: music.apple.com