Wednesday, 10 June 2009
in Conversation with Naomi Elizabeth:
With Naomi Elizabeth:
(Updated 11th June 2009)
A little background:
L.A. musician Naomi Elizabeth plays electronica with
bold and funny lyrics.
Speaking from a Setting Sun angle, despite the simple
comparison I certainly found her music showing a artist that has
being influenced by a whole host of influences and this is
shown on her own myspace.com where she declares
‘This is an art project, wherein I turn away from the pillars
of tradition, academia and the history of civilization
& wallow in the unseemly stereotypes of mass
media, pornography and sleaze’
Listening to Naomi’s music is certainly all of that and is not
a easy ride at times but which speaking from a Setting Sun
perspective makes it even more essential and worth
I am grateful to Ms. Elizabeth for her time with
her interview and to quote her on the headline
with her page ‘ "TALK DIRTY TO ME/this is an art
project you idiots"
More information about Naomi can be found
on her myspace.com page which is as follows:
Since this original interview, looking at her
myspace.com page she has clearly being a busy
young lady with a full album available for download at a
mere 75 cents per mp3, which is something
I will be checking out shortly.
She's also currently on tour. I only wish
she played England. Maybe someday!
Thanks to Naomi for her time and trouble and sorry
For the delay in posting this interview.
What’s happening at the moment and how are things?
At the moment things are going well, just working
on several projects, writing music and piecing
together future music videos!
Next, can you tell us a little bit about the history
of your music – what started you off etc?
I started writing music several years ago, it was
something I wanted to do but I didn't get around
to it for a year or so after I decided that!
I bought a sampler and I was scared to touch it
so it just sat there for a couple months.
What are your influences and what are
you listening to at the moment?
Right now I'm mostly influenced by the lowest
common denominator of mainstream radio music,
rappers and pop stars and rock bands that
sound like the Strokes or whatever.
Not the Strokes mind you, I don't listen to
that at all, I just think it's funny how that
band became the template for an entire genre!
Other than that I listen to a lot of noise
music. The more violent the better.
I can see from your pictures – you play
concerts.. How do these differ from
your recordings for example on ..
myspace.com.. – is their one you prefer
over the other?
Playing shows is alright, I definitely
prefer recording. I have to be in the right
mood to enjoy myself at a show,
which doesn't always happen, so it can
be a bit of a drag.
I have being really enjoying your
songs on myspace.com.. in
particular ‘I’m your Angel‘ – can you
tell us a little bit about this song etc?
"I'm Your Angel" is a song I made last year. I was
trying to write it to be as cliche and sappy as
possible at the time. Whereas when I hear it
now it comes across as being totally sincere!
What’s next for you? Do you have any more
gigs lined up, maybe recordings?
There are too many things I want to do in
the near future. I want to make a bunch of
new songs and videos, and set up tours etc.
It's hard to concentrate on all of that at the same
time but I'm doing my best haha.
A few more lighter questions to finish
off with… Where are you from? What is
the music scene like where you are from?
Have you seen any good concerts recently?
I'm from San Diego. It's a really nice place,
sort of small in the creative sense,
not a very big community of artists. The last
show I went to was a noise show in
Los Angeles where I saw God Willing,
Privy Seals, Persimmons Pomegranate,
and Emaciator. It was great. That's like
my ideal show.
What would be your dream job if you
were not doing music?
I sort of don't like having a job. I try to avoid
it whenever possible which is usually.
It's an unpleasant topic haha.
What would you like to be doing
when you are 60?
When I get to be 60 I'd like to start building
giant plaster statues of animals like the
ones that they have on scenic roadside
trips through the middle of nowhere.
Or something like Watts Towers.
I think that would be a good project!