INTERVIEW: NORB



3 local Coventry producers, all at different stages in their careers, come together for a tasteful exploration in stripped down deep house. These have a little bit of everything, from the afternoon lounge bar, to the clubhouse and afters. Expect gleaming keys, acid stabs, atmospheric overdubs, and hints of old British deep house.


We have had the pleasure of speaking with NORB and this has been the result. Enjoy it!


Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?

I am currently located in the lovely seaside town of Brighton but I am originally from Coventry, my parents were massively into funk, soul, disco in the 70s and 80s which inevitably turned into a passion for house music, I have always been surrounded by all their amazing music from an early age which ignited my passion for it. Growing up and starting to DJ and go to parties in my teens lead me down the path of production.

How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?


With clubs opening and experiencing the huge volume of music that has been lying dormant this past one and half years, inevitably my sound has started to shift towards building and releasing tension more aggressively so expect bigger and more fun break downs and drops from my upcoming tracks. The sounds that currently get me excited and in the mood are predominantly coming from the likes of St Germain, Traumer, Archie Hamilton, Swoy, Toman and Michael James. How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?


My aim with my music is to lay down an addictive groove with the drums and bassline and then split the mood with some emotive elements that transport the listener. What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?

I think my focus has shifted towards creating addictive grooves that have overall fun vibe with more influences from hip hop, classic house and tribal influenced music. My last job was a windsurfing instructor in Greece


Where are you and what have you been doing now?


Right now alongside Producing and DJing my job is in research and development for an offshore engineering consultancy to get them more work in renewable energy. Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?


I think my sound is definitely starting to shift away from a more minimal sound to more classic house and hip hop influenced. Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?


I have always felt safe playing experimental sounds, if you are not testing the boundaries of what people enjoy on the dancefloor then you almost no chance of standing out nowadays. We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?


The way music sharing is nowadays makes it easier than ever to find inspiration, however the good stuff can be more easily lost in the huge amount that is being churned out. So intensive digging is still required to find those gems that really get the juices flowing. Can you tell us what your present and future projects are?


I have recently been working on some tracks that have more classic sounding drums and synths as there really is no school like the old school.


Web / Social Media Links:

https://instagram.com/norb.music

https://instagram.com/craiggrantgordon

https://instagram.com/danielbrooksdj

https://instagram.com/motoringrecords