[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”false”]”Summers Last Stand” has officially come and gone. As the summer music scene came to a close, North Coast Music Festival treated its guests to a fantastic closing ceremony. Michael Berg, a partner of North Coast Music Festival, put it perfectly in his Facebook post:
“This North Coast was special for many reasons. Grateful to have been blessed by the sit in gods w/ performances by Chance The Rapper w/ The Cool Kids… the big dawg Pretty Lights w/ Manic Focus… & Les Claypool w/ Ween. We were visited by respected & esteemed industry friends, plus an incredible showing of Chicago royalty & the live music community who all showed up hard. Thank you for the support & love, and we’ll see you in 2018 for #9!”
[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDY2VudGVyJTNFJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwc3R5bGUlM0QlMjJib3JkZXIlM0ElMjBub25lJTNCJTIwb3ZlcmZsb3clM0ElMjBoaWRkZW4lM0IlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy5mYWNlYm9vay5jb20lMkZwbHVnaW5zJTJGcG9zdC5waHAlM0ZocmVmJTNEaHR0cHMlMjUzQSUyNTJGJTI1MkZ3d3cuZmFjZWJvb2suY29tJTI1MkZtaWNoYWVsaGFycmlzb25iZXJnJTI1MkZwb3N0cyUyNTJGMTAxNTQ4ODc4NTcxNTU3MzIlMjZhbXAlM0J3aWR0aCUzRDUwMCUyMiUyMHdpZHRoJTNEJTIyNTAwJTIyJTIwaGVpZ2h0JTNEJTIyNzQwJTIyJTIwZnJhbWVib3JkZXIlM0QlMjIwJTIyJTIwc2Nyb2xsaW5nJTNEJTIybm8lMjIlM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0UlM0MlMkZjZW50ZXIlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]North Coast Music Festival offered its listeners huge acts, such as Tipper, STS9, The Cool Kids, WEEN, and Damien Marley, along with some lesser known artists. This festival is perfectly tucked away in Union Park on Chicago’s near West side. The park is intimate, which makes it perfect to catch almost every single performance! In fact, one of my favorite things to do during this festival is to make it to as many performances as possible- being front and center for my all-time favorite, STS9, and learning the new faces on the scene. During my adventures, I found myself at the Silent Disco grooving to Dudley Noon on Friday!
One clear takeaway from the festival is the emerging artist —Dudley Noon.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”false”]Festival Squad: First off, thank you for taking the time to sit down with us. We are so eager to get to know more about you and your music!
Dudley Noon: Of course, thanks for having me!
FS: I guess I need to be honest with our readers and let them know that I’ve been following your music for quite some time now- probably since 2010! That being said, back in the day you were part of a 4 piece “jam” band named Wook and now here you are as Dudley Noon performing at North Coast Music Festival. Can you tell us a little about your transition from Jam music to what we heard at NCMF?
DN: Well, Wook broke up in August 2013 and during the later era of Wook we were really into electronic influenced sounding stuff. After Wook broke up, I still wanted to make music in that sort of context. I really liked what DJ Radish was doing at the time and had met him through the Madison music scene and I asked him if he was interested in making music together. We didn’t start anything right away, but after a year of trying things out we thought we had something cohesive. Fast forward 3 years later he’s one of my best friends and ½ of our group “Dense City.” Doing what we do together in Dense City also made me want to better my own productions and those tend more into hip-hop, footwork, and washy experimental stuff. In my mind, there was never a transition from one genre to another, it all kind of seemed tied together.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][mk_image src=”http://festivalsquad.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/dudley-noon.jpg” image_size=”large” desc=”Photo by: Brian Crippe” caption_location=”outside-image” align=”center”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”false”]FS: Speaking of your creations as Dudley Noon, how would you describe your sound and experience? Because I absolutely ADORE it! I would try and categorize it as ambient, instrumental, minimalist dance music…. Is that even a category? But then, I hear your amazing remixes of classic songs, such as TLC’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” and it’s funky, upbeat, and yet still true to its pop origins. You are just insanely talented in both your original creations and remixes.
DN: (laughing) Thank you! I guess as far as genres go, I never open up my computer or sit down to write progressions on my guitar saying I’m going to make a hip-hop track or a juke track or a trap beat, I just start making music. I think what I’m influenced by kind of seeps its way into the music I make.. When it comes to songs like the Dense City “Bills” remix, we try to make the focus on that sparkly, futuristic r&b type sound.
FS: What inspires you to create? I know you have a few projects going on- Dudley Noon, Dense City, and DAMN SON! Can you talk a little bit about how each project is different from each other and how your creative process is different with each?
DN: For Dudley Noon, I use that as my overall music persona that isn’t bound by genres or anything like that, but with Dense City, Radish and I will show each other stuff and see if we can widdle it into a Dense City track. Sometimes we work on tracks that just end up sounding like nothing else Dense City has put out so we either scrap them or sit on them to see if we can ever come back to a new version that fits into our vision better. DAMN SON! is a record label based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. One day I got a Facebook message from Gaszia from the duo X&G wondering if we were interested in releasing stuff with them and I was really giddy and excited since those guys are really blowing up, so of course we were honored to be part of the team.
FS: In fact, I’m really interested in DAMN SON! Can you tell us a little more on how you go involved with A&R/ Radio Shows? As a listener, those types of Radio Show sets are my favorite to listen to on SoundCloud. They are so cohesive and take the listener on a real journey.
DN: I appreciate it, thanks for listening to them! Omar Prestwich (the founder of DAMN SON!) one day asked if I was interested in helping him do the DAMN SON! radio show (a podcast style radio show available on DS! soundcloud). I started doing the radio show and I’ve kind of morphed into an A&R person for DAMN SON! – I get to help bring new talent to the team, put together compilations, and reach out to artists we want to work/collaborate with. It’s been really rewarding working with the DAMN SON! guys and the momentum is growing, so I’m excited about it.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][mk_image src=”http://festivalsquad.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/20121475_10155579819329343_4511938693869569040_o.jpg” image_size=”large” desc=”Photo by: Brian Crippe” caption_location=”outside-image” align=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]FS: Now that you’ve played North Coast, what is next? Where can our reader’s catch some of your shows?
DN: Well, now that the summer is winding down I’m really just trying to put together and finish some tracks in the studio right now. We are working on some new Dense City stuff, I am working on some solo downtempo stuff, I’ve been playing an obsessive amount of guitar lately, and I’m just trying to put out good music. We do have some upcoming shows and you can always keep in touch with everything on social media or at www.damnsonmusic.com – Our next show that we are super excited for is Dense City opening for the Russ Liquid Test and Defunk at the Majestic Theatre in Madison September 14th.
FS: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us! We can’t wait to follow your music and hopefully catch a few shows over the fall/ winter months!