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Interview: Tudor Nacu
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Music has been part of my life since as early as kindergarten when I, like most Romanian kids I know, got sent by my parents to piano lessons. I actually didn’t like it at first because it was a lot of work and I was notoriously lazy back then but, after a few changes to the instrument of choice and genre I was learning, I became absolutely addicted to music and that fact hasn’t been altered ever-since. If I hadn’t decided to go into music as a career and do Music Production as a degree, I would probably be doing something like Marketing right now.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
There are few instances when I’m not playing or writing music but, in these few rare moments, I’m mostly playing videogames with my most played one, currently, being Destiny 2.
How long has your band been around?
The current format of the writing team is composed of myself acting as the writer for the lyrics and vocal melodies and my friend Mihai who is responsible for writing and recording the instrumentals.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I’m currently based out of Lincoln, UK, but will soon be moving to Valencia, Spain for a master’s degree at Berklee College of Music Valencia. I don’t think the place I’m living in has ever influenced my music mostly because, when I write my songs, I tend to completely block surrounding physical environment out.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
It is actually my real name.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
I haven’t really had any performances as Tudor Nacu just yet considering we are just now escaping the pandemic, but I have had a number of funny and enjoyable moments performing with some of my previous bands.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I don’t have a specific venue that I would really like to perform at as much as I am dying to play one of the major UK festivals such as Leeds/Reading or Glasto.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
I’d have to say artists like Ed Sheeran and Anees would be the best line-up, but I would really give anything for the chance to also perform along-side Camilo.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
I would have to say “learn music theory properly” because creativity doesn’t really justify ignorance and having that kind of knowledge will come in handy more than you’d think now.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
I was quite insecure about my writing abilities when I was a teenager and that ended up making me quite miserable and delaying my debut by a bit so my best advice would be to stop doubting yourself.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I really can’t choose one, they’re all special to me because they all come with their own unique individual story.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Prior to the release of the EP, there was a common consensus among my friends that Dress was their favorite but, to my surprise, it’s starting to look like Kids is catching up to it in terms of streams and views.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Whenever I write a song, I start by giving a few listens to whatever initial instrumental that has already been recorded. After that it’s all just a matter of humming the melody and “Ouija-boarding” as John Mayer calls it. The complete lyrics come naturally after that. This whole process makes writing lyrics a lot more enjoyable as it feels as if the words and feelings are just kind of pushing themselves out and onto the piece of paper.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
I’m not particularly trying to get any message across as much as I am trying to show people my own personal emotions hoping they would relate and enjoy the ride with me.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
You’re always going to have disagreements but that is just part of the creative process and it is a really good thing as it shows that all the parties involved are giving their all to the music.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
My most notable plan is the release of my first proper album following the Between 4 Coloured walls EP. I’m also currently working on a song that I will be featured on in the near future and that I am really excited for.