Meet Noelle, a music lover from California.
“I made my playlist because I wanted something that could instantly pump me up and make me want to dance without caring about what anybody thought of me. All the songs on my playlist have fun, active, beats and a lot of them are fun to sing along too. I put it on when I'm getting ready to go out, or after a long day of work when I know I still have to get pumped for my after work plans.”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
I always joke that my theme song is Dysfunctional by Tech N9ne, because I have a tendency to be kind of awkward and clumsy; I have taught myself to thrive on awkward moments, but I feel like to outside observers I probably seem a little dysfunctional. I tried to keep my soundtrack on the shorter side, because I would honestly turn my soundtrack into hours of music time. I would have to say Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin, Sunshine Girl by J Boog, Put Your Lies to Sleep by Calah, Sekem by MC Galaxy, Hands On by Reeko Squeeze, People Talk by Etana and Breakdown by Jack Johnson. I feel like this soundtrack captures a snippet of my music taste as well as a bite of my vibe. I like to stay away from my phone and limit my screen time. I prefer soaking in the whole atmosphere of each moment I'm in. I prefer to spend as much time possible outside and ingesting in deep relationships and getting to know the souls of each person I meet. At the same time I know how easy it is for the world to weigh us down with lies about our identity and our past and who we are. I think it's so important to always fight those lies with truth, which I find is so much easier to do with relationships you can be vulnerable in. People are always going to try to tear you down, but the truth is that they do that from a place of fear and insecurity. I always try to not take their poison to heart. For the other songs on my soundtrack, cutting loose and dancing has become a huge value in my life and I also think it's important for everyone to feel like a badass sometimes. These songs play a huge role in me accomplishing that.
What is the most annoying song in the world?
The most annoying song in the world to me is Cheerleader by OMI. I'm not trying to bash on anybody, but I believe that music is an art form. To me, art is about digging deep inside of yourself and creating something new. It's about using a new perspective and getting inspiration from people, cultures, and events around you and combining that with your own thoughts and feelings. Songs with a repetitive, copy paste beats and lyrics don't seem like much of an art form to me, it seems more like a cheap way to make money. I also don't agree with the lyrics because I believe that love is about serving and building up the person your with, rather than looking for what they can do for you. If both people in a relationship are putting each other first then you never have to worry about yourself because you know that your partners got you and vice versa. It's about being selfless and growing to be a better version of yourself together.
What’s more important to you? Music; or lyrics? Why?
Do I value music or lyrics more? This one is actually pretty tough to answer. I was raised listening to great musicians like BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and my older brother is a self-taught bluey rock guitarist, who can put a lot of great musicians to shame, so music has always been a huge part of my life. At the same time, I have a huge passion for singing. My favorite way to destress is to sing at the top of my lungs with my whole soul. I feel powerful and like I can be whoever I want and express all that I am when I sing. I guess ideally I would like a balance between great music and fun vocals with powerful lyrics.
My favorite artist will forever be Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. They both put so much creativity and soul into their music. Jimi is 100% a creative genius, from his guitar to his lyrics, his music is bursting with color and flavor. I love and free and original and beautiful they both were.
Who is an up and coming artist you think is going to blow up soon?
I think Jorja Smith is about to get really popular. My coworker recommended her song Let Me Down because it features a British rapper (She knows I am very into that style of music). I listened to her song and I couldn't get enough of her music. Recently my friends have been coming up to me and trying to show me her songs and I've even heard her playing in coffee shops. She is extremely talented and has a gorgeous voice. She has a lot of potential to leave her mark on music history and I am excited to see what happens with her music career.
If you had the chance to interview any artist, who would it be? (dead or alive)
If I could interview an artist I would be tempted to choose Jimi Hendrix because he is so fascinating to me and he was so unique. But I think right now I would have to say I would really love to talk with Jack Johnson. His music is very deep I love the way that he calls out and
Challenges society and the way we have fallen into habits that are selfish and ultimately hurting ourselves and the future. His music is beautiful and fun and great for all ages and cultures, but at the same time he isn't okay with just letting all the wrongs in this world go unnoticed. I would love to pick his brain and hear more about his thoughts and ideas.
Last concert you went to?
The last concert I went to was Cas Haley. I've wanted to see him live for years and I've gotten close a couple times but his concerts were always sold out. Last year he came and did a free concert in the park in my city and I couldn't miss the opportunity to see him. It was such an amazing experience. I look forward to seeing him live again.