Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Nicholson from Normanton Street find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
There's Ned, Phoebe and myself (Nicholson). We also play with various drummers. Ned and I grew up together since a young age and we met Phoebe shortly after moving to Brighton a few years ago. When we moved to Brighton we lived at number 1 Normanton Street. The sign was also on the house. On the way to an open mic we just thought 'yeah that'll do'.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up we listened to the same music as today kinda. From Wu-Tang to Nina Simone, Skepta to Miles Davis. Loads of stuff.
How would you describe your sound?
We're cool with soul, hip-hop even though that can be vague. Plenty of people have said it's a classic sound too. We'll take that.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
'It's Been A While' is the current single. We felt like doing something a little different from what we usually do. The song started off as a groove we just messed around with in rehearsals quite a lot and then we just ran with it. We wanted to bring an old school garage, soul, rap and disco vibe.
What’s your local music scene like?
Yeah Brighton's popping to be honest. Always some dope music around here. Real quick I gotta shout Bobbie Johnson, Mrisi, Lebeaux, Chloe Bodur and loads more.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
This was the first summer we didn't tour around Europe so I think a little trip overseas is in the pipeline. An album will probably come next year at some point too.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Mike Skinner, DOOM, Charles Bradley, Giggs.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
One time the crowd were shouting us to buss an encore but the sound techs/promoters weren't having it because Craig Charles was next and everything was running late. Nobody really knew what to do and we started walking off. So man like Craig came from backstage, grabbed the mic and demanded we played another. It was kinda jokes.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
That we simply love what we do. Peace peace.