Noé Solange’s new single, Bloom, is a curious mix of inspirations from hustling as an electronic musician and freelance photographer in the non-stop city of London, but also from her time finding peace in the Indonesian countryside earlier this year. Perhaps this is why it creates such a stunning sound palette like no other. Solange opens up about creating the song, how she moves between seeking balance in life but then going into tunnel-vision mode when creating, and tells us about her home studio in East London.
Solange’s music is a stunning example of music coming out of London that also reflects the rich background of the artist creating it. And few artists can make this claim as strongly as Solange; besides her multidisciplinary skillset as a freelance photographer, she is one of the most truly international people you’re likely to come across.
“Where do I begin? I’m Dutch, Indonesian, Surinamese, Czech, and I’ve lived in nine different countries,” she says, with a speed that suggests she has reeled this off to people plenty of times.
“I’ve always done music – it feels like the one thing I could bring with me everywhere I went. I played violin, piano, and would sing in bands and choirs, and around the age of 15 I started wanting to learn production.”
Solange’s move to London, and her realisation that she wanted to pursue the dream of music, were fairly simultaneous.
“I became a vocalist and lyricist for other artists during my studies in the UK, and I purposefully moved to London to pursue my own music. Nocturnal Lady was the first song I released, which I co-produced with my friend Jose.”