Interview – noelle

After her critically-acclaimed 2021, emerging pop artist noelle is back with the release of her debut EP, 30K.

The six-track EP is a journey of noelle coming into adulthood and all of the emotional highs and lows that come along with it.

noelle was raised on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario in a family that welcomed and embraced music. Her exposure to everything from Nat King Cole to native wind flute from her Indigenous roots resulted in the genre-blending artist we know today.

Under Wax Records, noelle released four singles in 2021, all to critical acclaim, and continues to develop her sound with the release of 30K.

We caught up with this emerging Canadian talent to learn about her earliest musical memories, writing her first EP, and what the future has in store.

What was your experience around music growing up on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory? What are some of your earliest memories?

Growing up on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory exposed me to a very wide variety of music at a super young age. I think that exposure has led me to creating the emotional music that I do today. Some of my earliest memories are recording youtube covers in my dad’s studio, eating Indian tacos at the Powwow, and writing songs with my dad.

As an artist who is just beginning her professional career, are there any artists that you look to as markers for the kind of music or career you hope to have?

Absolutely, I really look up to Adele. She sings amazing emotional ballads and is so classy. I also really look up to Sabrina Claudio musically.

Were you always able to be as open and vulnerable with your songwriting as you are on 30K or did that come with time?

I started out slightly vulnerable, but as I built relationships with my writers, over time, I was able to open up a lot more.

Tell us about the process of writing and creating 30K. Did each song come together similarly or in a more mosaic form?

The 30k EP came together really naturally. As I was going through different situations in my younger years, I immediately wrote songs about it all. The EP walks you through the ups and downs of young love.

What’s your favourite song on the EP or the song that feels the most personal?

If I had to choose one song, it would have to be ‘Hate That I Miss You’. This song is so personal and makes me emotional every time I hear it.

What do you hope, ultimately, fans and new listeners take away from the songs on this EP?

I just want my fans and listeners to know that they are not alone. I also want to encourage them to reach out to someone if they need help. I talk about this in ‘Therapy’ specifically.

What does 2022 look like for noelle? What can fans expect after the release of the EP?

I hope to be doing lots of live performances, and releasing tons of music! I have so many songs that I can’t wait for you all to hear.

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