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The Florida-based producer, Neon NiteClub just released a new EP After Hours on Jamendo. Since he got into music, he has been making waves throughout the online world with his retro 80’s synthpop style, drawing comparisons with the likes of Chromeo or even the French robots from Daft Punk.
Get to know him and his "perfect rollerblading music" through our interview: it will certainly leave a mark!
I started producing music when I began college. I produced mainly for hip-hop artists. I then started playing piano/keyboards for a few bands. Although I enjoyed producing and playing in other bands, I never really had a musical outlet that I could call my own.
I’ve always had an affinity towards 80’s pop music, and I finally started creating the sound that would become Neon NiteClub on New Years Eve 2010. I didn’t have any plans that night so I just stayed home and worked on some music. From that, I produced my first EP in the span of 5 days, 1 song a day. It actually came about very effortlessly and I hit the ground running!
I’m sure the great weather we enjoy here does play a part in the vibe of my music! Most of the feel of my music comes once again from the breezy feel of a lot of the 80’s pop hits. I try to capture that feel and imagine what would someone driving with the top down to the beach want to hear.
A lot of the keyboards and drum machines were just being created during that era. I love how they are used in some of the early days as producers of that time were messing with midi sequencing and other effects. Although 80’s is sometimes looked at as “cheesy”, there is a lot of nuance to some of the great keyboard work of that time. I love the tone that it creates and the tightness of all the elements combined.
However, in my newer songs, I am trying to incorporate more live instrumentation when possible in order to create more depth to the tunes.
Those artists are definitely modern influences to the songs I create. In all honesty, as a producer, I am usually thinking of the musicality of the track first and foremost. I usually start with drum loop and I’ll add a bass line or chord progression. Oftentimes, I have a song in my head that I want to emulate at first, then twist it around and give it my own interpretation. I usually create a bulk of the track with full instrumentation and layout before I even begin working on vocals. I might be humming melodies in my head during production, and then I take those melodies and attach words to them.
Another confession is that I am fully aware of my limitations lyrically. Being an independent artist and having to produce and engineer all my own music, I am usually pretty fatigued when I get to the point of having to write lyrics. I try to write some catchy hooks but I am more worried about the rhythms of the vocals and not necessarily the words per se.
Love seems to be universally the main theme for all songwriters. You can draw from personal experiences or project ideas of fictional love which you create. I often think of situations I have been in before or take ideas I have heard from friends of mine for the basic framework. Sometimes, I even think of different characters from movies and write lyrics from their perspective in the film.
I haven’t played any shows recently and don’t really have plans to at the moment. I will say the first ever show Neon NiteClub has was awesome! I had been in bands where the music was more low key and introspective, so a driving force of Neon NiteClub was to create music that would be interactive and fun to be played live. The reception from the crowd was great and it felt like the music had done its job!
I have actually found that the soundtrack to the 1989 “Batman” movie by Prince is pretty awesome. I had heard some of the songs while watching the movie before, but I checked out the entire album and it’s great. It’s funny to think about Prince doing a soundtrack to a dark superhero movie, but I think it’s a testament to musical risks taken in the 80’s that aren’t really explored today.
I just released a brand new LP "The Dream Machine" that you can find here.
I am currently working on a new record! I have 5 or 6 tracks I am excited about already. I am trying to make this a summer album with upbeat grooves and an overall feel good vibe. When I started writing music that would become “Neon NiteClub”, I wasn’t really concerned with the results or reception. It was a more of a personal outlet for myself.
I have been so thankful and humbled by the reception of the music by people. It really is more than I could ever hope for. I will probably keep writing music and honing my craft regardless of the reception, but I really am grateful for the response and the small following I have created. I hope to catch up and keep giving them better music!
From hardcore rap to smoother vibes, it’s always about the beat and the lyrical flow! Atlanta artist Neon Taylor is bringing tons of quality hip-hop productions on Jamendo with his first release As Above So Below.
What makes him so unique from others rappers? A majority of his tunes are made on-the-go with his personal studio: an iPad! Do not wait any longer and jump into his brilliant DIY hip-hop style.
Everything's cool fam, and it's a pleasure to be here on Jamendo, the opportunity is much appreciated.
How I started making music may be different from what I assume you heard from others. Growing up I had a strong passion for music like anyone else, constantly looking for that new sound. Reciting my favorite Hip-hop songs, the older I got I started getting more interested in the production side. Having delusions of grandeur of becoming as good as my favorite producer (Timbaland). Scraped up enough money to get myself a laptop and had a friend put Reasons 3.5 on it, been making beats ever since.
The rapping side of my music came to me an entirely different way. Back in 2012 I started having these dreams; I would here a voice very similar to mine, rapping these lyrics that I never heard with a flow that was strong and flawless. It got so loud and intense at times that it would wake me up out my sleep. This lasted for about a week, I'm thinking I'm going crazy and shit. The dreams stopped when I realized it was me rapping, and those were my lyrics, and that's my voice. So here I am today...
I think anybody that’s trying to come up in hip-hop today is finding it difficult to stand out, regardless of their level of talent. The hip-hop genre is completely saturated with wannabe rappers and people with the mindset of a "pay my way scheme" (paying for fake plays, comments, and followers) possibly more than all the other genre's put together. When looking at it from that perspective, I try to remind myself that this is truly a poetic art form. Constantly pushing myself as an artist to produce music that ultimately connects me with the listeners.
The Hip-hop artists that stood out to me coming up had different attributes, (DMX) because of his raspy, high and low pitch delivery, When he raps you can really feel the pain and frustration in the music, (Nas) with his sleek storytelling, (Eminem) with his vigorous word play and dark comedy approach. At the end of the day I'm a music lover to the core, doesn't matter the genre as long as it sounds and feels good. I think what separates me from other Hip-hop artists is that I don't like to confine myself to just one lane, I like to jump in and out (EDM, RnB, Reggae, etc.). Simultaneously building up inspiration in those lanes I'm currently not occupying.
I actually spend a lot of time on the Pad. I'm always looking for new and innovated ways to make music, and the iPad gives me the freedom and flexibilities to put my creative ideas down at any given time and place. A few years ago I was at a beach on vacation listening to music on the iPad. I remember everything was so perfect, the weather, the scenery and I thought to myself how cool it would be, to be able to make music right then and there.
A year later that was possible. Growing up I was always into technology, and always looking for new alternative ways to accomplish what others would accomplish by the means of what they're not accustomed to. The iOS app developers have done a tremendous job of capturing the core elements of music creativity and production. Ultimately giving me the edge that I've been looking for to stand out from other producers, it is truly a studio on-the-go. At the moment I'm looking into these gloves that let you manipulate sound through physical gestures.
I get inspiration from everything. Whether it be from my own personal experience, to the rainy but cool and calm weather, to a recent video game I been playing. It really doesn't matter, once I come across something interesting and my eyes and hears makes a connection; It's pretty much a starting point for the creative process. It also depends on the mood, sometimes I wake up and want to write a song and on other days I just want to work on beats. .....In the early stages of creating I think that's very important, the ("Mood"). Growing up I specifically remember how music use to make me feel.
Coming up today as an artist, I think its key to maintain that same genuine atmosphere within the music. Just recently over the holidays I invited my little brother and uncle to come over and chill, and my W A S T E L A N D track was playing in the background. There’s a part on the track where I go off on a rant, LOL and my lil brother say's "yo wassup with the profanity" all of us laughing. I implied that over the past few years I've learned and received plenty of messages from fans and fellow artists, saying that they like to train and workout to the high energy (Trap) style tracks because of the aggressiveness or smoke and chill to the more laid back tracks. While my fellow artist may tell me they've learned something, whether it’s song arrangements, mastering, or production. There's a constant cycle of ideas going back and forth and in-turn that’s the best inspiration for me.
The tracks that you mentioned represent different phases of music I went through growing up. Being raised up north in the Tri-state area then moving to Atlanta in my late teenage years, at that time musically they were two different worlds. The music you would hear on the radio up north would be completely different than what you would hear in the south. As a kid coming up I would listen to different stages of Hip-hop, it would range from the 80's to 2000's. when in Atlanta the first year it was really hard to find mixtapes and underground music that I was familiar with when out and about I felt misplaced, unfamiliar with the history of Hip-hop in the south. I had to adjust, quickly falling in love with the dirty south and its heavy 808 style of music.
I started to listen to the pioneers of this region, like (UGK, 3 6 Mafia, Goodie Mobb, etc). All the way up to the point to where I was fluent in the up and coming underground artists just as much as the natives. Besides the fact that I like to be very random and spontaneous with my music, it has a lot to do with the music I grew up on.
Several years ago I was in an unfortunate situation that Hip-hop led me out of, it played out differently than what it could've been if I never heard that Jay Z song ("I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one") where he's telling the cop he needs a warrant to search the locked glove compartment. As an artist we have the responsibility to put information out there like that, especially in the urban communities where it's needed the most.
When listening to Hip-hop growing up we hear familiar Ebonics and phrases, or situation that coincide with our everyday lives because it's not just a music genre to us, it's our lifestyles. I think it's important to instill info and truth into our music today so others can benefit from it as I did. Like I always say rappers want basketball player’s money and basketball players want rappers influence, no matter how much money these players make, they still want to rap.
When it comes to my spirituality the responsibility is similar. I don't believe in religion, I'm not an atheist, I just think religion is holding use back as a human race. More people have died over religion than anything else on this planet. The fact that we're in the age of information and people still entertain the fairytales and contradictions is mind boggling. There's nothing coming out of the sky to save us. We as a collective have a responsibility over our own legacy.
It would have to be R E L E N T L E S S. The song embodies the type of Hip-hop music I always wanted to make and listen to, shout out to Gwop Sullivan for the dope beat. Listening to it always brings me back to my roots of why I fell in love with this genre. It instills my hopes, fears, and insecurities as well as my past, present, and future.
At the moment I’m working on my first mixtape, as well as an iPad beat tape and will be uploading more visual content.
And just continue to push myself creatively, within music and out.
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