The music of French rock band Nordic’s Yell reflects the diverse musical tastes of the band, with influences ranging from hard rock to grunge to acoustic blues, and on their first album, released in August of 2014, the band provides a glimpse into their unique musical universe. Brothers Niels (vocals, guitar) and Lorenzo (guitar) began playing music together at the age of 13 and founded Nordic’s Yell in 2013 and, in just two short years, have developed a dedicated underground following.
On Nordic Yell’s debut EP, recorded at Magic Studio in Saint Peray, France, Niels’ haunting vocals combine with Lorenzo’s layered, complex melodies to form songs that memorably toe the line between darkness and hope.
To learn more about Nordic’s Yell, visit them online at www.nordicsyell.com.
What were your respective childhoods like, and how did they affect who you are today?
We got a very special education, based on really heavy ethic. We have lot of respect for human being and for life, and that’s why we despise people who doesn’t respect anything, and who have no dignity and moral values. That affects us today ’cause the lyrics of the band are really influenced by this education: don’t be a quiet spectator of your life, move your ass and make something in agreement with your body, your heart and your soul.
How did you initially become interested in music?
We love music and especially rock music since we were kids. We touched our first guitar at 13 years old and since that moment, we never left it. We played together, my brother and me, and this musical link between us allows to consolidate our relation.
What inspired you to create Nordic’s Yell?
We need to compose, not to just play music of other artists, but to create our own music and sing our own messages. That’s why we created bands since we started to play music. We need to compose ’cause it’s the better way for us to share our feelings and our way of thinking. We are observers of this world; we don’t feel a part of it at all. We are like behind a window, and we sing what we see. Life inspires us, and if one day we can’t create music anymore, we will keep creating by other arts and keep sharing how we feel about this world.
What were the biggest challenges you faced during the recording of your first album?
To be honest, recording the album, it was really cool and really fun. We worked really great, and we haven’t experienced real problems. Maybe the fact that Niels’ amplifier crashed was the only problem we got in studio.
What is your songwriting process?
I love writing very early in the morning or very late in the night, in front of stars or into the dawn, finding a quiet place, in height if it’s possible, writing something in my books, and forgetting it. After when we are in rehearsal, I take my books and Niels find some texts; he chooses one and he changes the text to make it fit the music.
What goes through your mind in the moments before you go out on stage?
Let’s kick some ass, and where’s my beer?
What current musical performers do you think will be most fondly remembered in fifty years?
I think the Doors, Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Whites Stripes, will still be listened in 50 years, but I can’t imagine a current artist on stage in 50 years. Because the industry of music has evolved, and now, like any other industry, they are looking for short-term profit. That means labels don’t care about the duration of the artists.
In your opinion, who is the best guitarist of all time?
How did you get your most prominent scar?
Not enough whiskey at a party!
What is the best meal you’ve eaten recently?
One week ago, we ate at friend’s house and had a salad with goat cheese with bacon, honey and toast with hot cheese followed by a steak with fries and beans.
What are you working on next?
We are working on videos, live concerts, radios, and we are looking for a booker for prepare a tour this summer.