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Ahead of his debut EP release, DIY indie/garage/pop artist Point Nemo tells us a little about his music, which combines infectious melodies with biting lyricism and thematically covers everything from the impending climate apocalypse to midnight panic attacks.

Who are you and where are you from?

I’m Zach, a musician born and raised in Middlesbrough and performing under the project name Point Nemo. 

What is it you do?

I’m a one-man band, writing and recording indie rock tunes from the comfort of my bedroom. 

How long have you been doing it?

Ever since I first got my hands on an instrument – probably the recorder at age 5 – I’ve been more interested in trying to make up my own songs than in learning someone else’s. Over the years I amassed a collection of hundreds of songs I’d written just for the fun of it – never intending for them to be shared until I felt I could get them to sound the way they did in my head. During lockdown I then used the opportunity of endless spare time to learn how to convert the songs I’d always imagined into reality, and from that point on the floodgates were opened. 

What inspires you?

Writing tends to be a therapeutic exercise for me, so it often comes from channelling times I’ve struggled with my mental health into a creative outlet. In general, the songwriting part of my brain is always subconsciously ticking. It could be a particular phrase I overhear someone say, the rhythm of a coastal tide, or the droning hum of an extractor fan – every random thing I experience can trigger a burst of song inspiration one way or another. 

Tell us about your music

I take inspiration from a wide range of artists and genres, so depending on the mood I’m in when I’m writing I’ll end up with anything from an angry garage punk tune about the cost of living crisis (see Born Rich off my new EP) or an ethereal trip hop song with sweeping string sections (see Oblivion from the same EP). I’ve always loved the idea of a song juxtaposing an upbeat melody with dark lyrics, so the jauntier the song sounds, the more bleak the subject matter tends to be (Blackout and Out of Time from the EP, and that’s it for shoehorning in recommendations for every song from it!). I never want to solely revel in misery though, so I always try to add an undercurrent of dark humour to cut through when things get too sombre. 

What have you got coming up in the future?

I have my second EP, Point Nemo II, released on 12th January with 4 new songs into which I’ve spent over a year pouring blood, sweat – and mostly tears when it came to the mixing. I’m constantly working on new music across a wide variety of different sounds and styles, so follow me if you like your artists to be unpredictable stylistically with their output. Maybe my next song’ll be a piano ballad, or maybe I’ll make a hard pivot into grime. I don’t even know myself – that’s all part of the fun. 

Where can people find out more about you?

Linktr.ee/pointnemo has all the deets for where to find me on streaming/social services of your choosing (though I haven’t quite made it to TikTok or Instagram yet). Facebook or Twitter is probably the best place to find me, feel free to shoot me a message if you wanna chat music or send me any recommendations from any genre! 

 

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