Nolai, an artist, producer and songwriter from Germany, just independently released his latest EP, No Saints at Night. “The songs are about crazy nights out, romance and love. The project has an overall deep touch yet exotic and colorful vibes” said Nolai. I talked to Nolai about the project, where he got his name from and his influences.
Where did you get your name from?
When I first started releasing music in 2019, Capital P, then I changed it to Nolai because I like to write about things that are truthful to me, that I really experienced, so the Nolai is standing for “no lie.” I wanted something that you could say in every language and that it is modern.
Why did you start making music?
I’ve been producing since 2014. And then one night, a year ago, I made a beat and started recording on it. I sent it to friends and they said it was dope, so I said okay, fuck it, do it and that’s how I actually got into it. I always wanted to be my own artist. Why live someone else’s dream? I want to live my dream. So I decided to do it. It’s been a blessing ever since.
How did you get into producing?
When I was 13, I was in a band at a very young age with my brother. In 2014 I was home, it was college break and I was bored. I got a program and just started making beats. I instantly fell in love with.
Who are your musical influences?
The Weeknd, Drake, Lauv, 6lack and Brent Faiya/Sonder. Those are my influences right now. I also listen to a lot of soul, Motown.
What is your favorite song on the EP?
That’s a tough question. Lyrical I would say its “Weekend.” But I would have to say, “Far Away” or “Desire” but I think it would be “Desire” because it is really big sounding, and has a lot of changes and switch ups and shows what I can do as an artist.
What are your goals?
Right now I’m working on my next EP, which is set for fall. And then while I’m working on those songs I’m working on my debut album. Currently my goals are, now with Corona, it’s bad to play shows, so I want to release music, build my audience, reach more people.
Check out No Saints at Night below.