December 6, 2012

Making Noise: This Maine hip-hop artist goes vinyl for his 'healing'

Nomar Slevik talks about why he released 'The Healing Process' on vinyl, what went into making it, and some of his sources of inspiration.

By Aimsel Ponti aponti@pressherald.com
News Assistant

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Nomar Slevik is originally from Fort Kent, but now calls Bangor home. The hip-hop musician/producer is also an audio engineer and a paranormal investigator.

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WHAT'S ON NOMAR SLEVIK'S iPOD

"Benjamin Franklin Music," Grand Buffet

"No More Rock N' Roll," Schoolly D

"Muscle Car," Sontiago

"Melt," Ryan Stinson

"The Formula," The D.O.C.

"Paper Hearts," WHY?

"White Winter Hymnal," Fleet Foxes

"Lover's Rock," Sade

"Mademoiselle la Mouche," La Mauvaise Humeur

"No One," Alicia Keys

TURN YOUR RADIO DIAL to 102.9 WBLM every Friday at 8:30 a.m. to hear Aimsel Ponti wax poetic about her top live music picks for the week with the Captain and Celeste.

On a song like "Problem Solver," there's so much going on musically. How do your songs come together? What's the process look like?

There's no one answer to this, as there are a myriad of ways that I develop the music. It can start with me just tinkering innocently on my keyboard or deliberately looking for samples. I enjoy using hardware to make my music. I use keyboards, drum machines, samplers, only using the computer as a tool for the development, i.e., layering and mastering. I record everything in my bedroom and to answer your question, the process looks ridiculous, and it's one of the most amazing things in my life.

What's your current favorite track on "The Healing Process," and why?

I really dig "Faith." It's a song about dealing with startling paranormal interactions since childhood, and how it can be dealt with and overcome in adulthood.

What's your biggest source of inspiration?

People! I love observing everyone, everything. I get so much inspiration from people. 

What's one of your favorite albums, and why?

"Funk Upon a Rhyme" by Kokane. It came out in 1994, and I couldn't stop listening to it. It may seem odd that a kid from Fort Kent grew up on gangsta rap, but this album was different. It showed me, at the time, that genres can not only bleed, but can be absurd and pleasing. That's a pretty big deal in 1994 to a 17-year-old aspiring rapper. 

Staff Writer Aimsel Ponti can be contacted at 791-6455 or at:

aponti@pressherald.com

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