Euphoric pop by way of Amsterdam and Berlin, NOSOYO's sound is an uplifting blend of radio hits by the likes of Sia or Grimes and more traditional indie rock. Donata Kamarz's vocals perform acrobatics as she chips away at the guitar, while Daim de Rijke holds down fluttering rhythms. If you're not humming this year's 'Resonate' after one listen then you should probably see a doctor.
BangOn Team: Tell us a little about your band/project. What’s your sound?
NOSOYO: We are NOSOYO from Berlin. We originally met in Amsterdam and moved here to develop our music and style. Few people know this, but the Netherlands is quite a Mecca for handmade vintage pop and rock music. We took some of those influences and combined them with the electronic modern Berlin sound. The result is on our record, Resonate.
BOT: How do you go about songwriting?
N: We have all kinds of approaches, but in the end it is the two of us and a guitar, a piano and/or a drum. As soon as the chords and lyrics are written down, we work on a sound; mostly starting with a beat. The lyrics and chords may change during the process, when the message starts crystallizing.
BOT: Who are your biggest influences?
N: We listen to a lot of old and new stuff, mostly mixed up, so it is hard to say. When making the record we listened to all kinds of artists like Feist, Frank Ocean, The Doors, Peter Bjorn and John... But when we are on tour we also listen to mainstream music on the radio. Even though it is somewhat glossier than what we make, it can be really inspiring.
BOT: What’s been your lowest and highest point as a band?
N: The lowest one was getting robbed. Our car was emptied by some night thieves on the streets of Amsterdam. It happened right before we moved to Berlin. So that was tough. The highest points all happened on stage, like playing a sold-out Astra (2000 people!) supporting The Dø from France. Or meeting Aurora, who we also shared stages with. Our first headline tour and of course the release of our debut album were milestones for us.
BOT: What’s your ultimate aim?
N: Actually to keep going. Make more albums, tour, reach more people. Lots of little aims are included in this wish.
BOT: You have the chance to play one song for a legend of your choice. What do you play?
N: Of course we would play our own song. Probably '6 or 7 weeks'. Actually Snoop Dogg likes our song 'Old Soul'. No kidding!
BOT: What does Berlin do for you musically?
N: It is always cool to get to know different kinds of scenes. The Berlin music scene is bigger and more diverse than Amsterdam, it takes longer to get to know people and you might not meet people that are in 'your circle' for a long time, even though you hang out with the same people. We feel free here musically, there is a certain degree of anonymity; everybody focuses on their own thing, which is very accepted here, but it can get a little lonely too.
BOT: What do we have to look forward to in the coming months from you?
N: We are planning to release something, but cannot give any details yet. There will be a lot of shows announced soon. We will play all over Europe.
BOT: Donald Trump has invited you to play a private party for him. He’ll pay you $1,000,000. Nobody ever has to know. Do you play?
N: Uhm yes. Sounds like perfect conditions. Maybe find out more ways to milk him dry...