With their EP ‘Noir’, a selection of carefully selected and wonderfully reimagined classic songs, due out next month, and with their latest cover – Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” – having dropped yesterday, it’s no surprise that more and more music fans are catching on to the talents of married duo Nomad & Lola. Currently preparing to share their EP with the world and already looking to 2020, ThisIsTheLatest spoke to the duo, considered by some to be the 21st century’s Sonny and Cher, about their artistic influences, who’d feature in their dream live show and their thoughts on the future of their industry.
TITL: Personally and professionally, which artists are you both most influenced and inspired by?
Lola: I’ve always had an affinity for storytellers like Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, The Eagles and Tom Petty.
Nomad: Van Halen will always be my favorite band, but I love artists like Paco De Luca, George Benson and of course the Beatles; George Harrison especially.
TITL: At what point and time did the two of you decide to join forces and create music together? Looking back to that time and given that you’ve recently dropped your new single, have you since had one of those “We’re actually doing this” moments yet?
N&L: It wasn’t right away we started making music together, we were individual artists who happened to be dating. Being that both were based in MUSIC, whether it’s working on a new song for us or others artist or creating music for a TV show, we truly have that “We’re actually doing this” conversation almost daily.
TITL: Relationships of any kind can be difficult at times, so how, as a duo who are also husband and wife, deal with any particularly tense or stressful times that might cause disagreements between you?
N&L: HA! Anyone who is married AND works together knows that the struggle is real! Being that we are with each other practically 24/7 you have to find your own personal space, this will allow both parties to breathe. And yes in case you were wondering, we totally get sick of each other from time to time, this even sometimes occurs on stage but we just roll with it, usually the audience is laughing with us when it happens.
TITL: What is it about the Nancy Sinatra classic “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” that made you think your version would make a great single release?
N&L: Sonny Bono wrote the track and Cher was the first to sing it, however when Mary Ramos – the music supervisor for Quentin Tarantino – added the Nancy Sinatra’s version to the Kill Bill soundtrack, the song had its own resurgence. For Lola, it has always resonated with her, from the overall darkness of the story to today’s current issues, we feel it’s a sensitive subject but one that can’t be ignored.
TITL: The track is taken from your upcoming EP ‘Noir’, out in October. Without giving too much away, what can you tell me about it?
N: ‘Noir’ is an amalgam of old and new, cinematic at best and that is heavily guitar influenced spotlighting Lola’s rich, sultry powerhouse vocals. The idea is for the listener to press play, sit back and be taken somewhere else. Although this EP is all covers, each song is re-imagined in such a way that it becomes brand new.
TITL: How did you decide on which tracks to include on the collection, given that there have been so many great songs released over the decades?
N&L: Song selection is not easy by any means. This particular selection of songs we chose for nostalgic reasons, while paying homage to some of our favorite writers/artists from yester-year. Trust us when we say we have plenty more where that came from.
TITL: Could you each pick a favourite track or does that tend to change depending on your mood and other circumstances?
N: This is like picking your favorite child, you’re not supposed to. But deep down you know there’s a favorite! I teeter between “Summertime”/”While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Another Brick In The Wall.”
L: I’m more partial to “Similau” and “Bang Bang.”
TITL: Will you be heading out on the road in support of the EP? Any tour plans in the works?
N&L: We play locally all over Southern California in our hometown, Burbank, and surrounding areas. However touring abroad is our ultimate goal. So by all means any promoters out there looking for a good time, call us!
TITL: If you could put together your dream show with four bands or artists, living or dead, who would you choose and where would you play?
N&L: Our dream show would consist of Paul McCartney, Van Halen – with David Lee Roth – with Dave Grohl and Billy Joel, and we’d play at the Hollywood Bowl.
TITL: How do you feel about social media and its power and capability of connecting artists with a global audience? Are you fans of that constant connectivity or do you think that, like most things, there are good and bad sides to having such instant access to everything and everyone?
N&L: The Pandora’s box of opportunity it affords the modern day artist is vast, however it nurtures market over-saturation, which can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. It also requires an incredible amount of time and energy, that can certainly be better spent elsewhere but it has become a lifeline for artists, because without it, you don’t exist.
TITL: Aside from your EP release, do you have any other plans in the pipeline for the rest of the year? Have you started looking towards 2020 yet?
N&L: After the ‘Noir’ EP release on October 4th, we will focus on the Holiday EP ‘Christmas On The Coast’, and then in 2020 we will start off the new year with a small batch of original songs. Be sure to follow on social media for tons of music, videos, giveaways and more!
TITL: Away from your own music, Nomad, you’re the touring guitarist and MD for Babyface and Lola, you host the Monster Jam series throughout the US. How do you juggle such busy schedules and, when you actually get some time to and for yourselves, how do you like to unwind?
N&L: Unwind? What is this you speak of? In all honesty, we don’t. We’ve been married for three years and haven’t even taken a honeymoon, yet. Perhaps once we’re touring full time as NOMAD & LOLA, that’s when we can fit sometime for ourselves in.
TITL: Finally then, as a duo covering hits from across the decades, where do you see the future of the music industry going in the years to come? Which genres do you personally feel might enjoy a new renaissance and how do you plan to try and stay ‘relevant’ in such an ever changing business?
N&L: There’s nothing new under the sun, the way we approach music is by making it our own, regardless of its origin. We try to be as honest and organic in the process as possible. That means not following trends and staying true to what WE LIKE. We think everything is cyclical, which means somewhere down the line, everything becomes relevant again and every genre has its time in the spotlight. As long as we maintain a sense of timelessness, quality and integrity, the cream will rise to the top right? That’s the idea at least.
Check out the brand new single from Nomad and Lola, “Another Brick In The Wall” below and you can keep up to date with them via their website, Twitter and Facebook. Header photo credit: Robert Downs Photography.