By the time Ian had completed the 10 songs for his NextStopArt album it no longer sounded the way it was intended to. Among all the good intentions to produce a record that had no real instruments on it, only electronic sounds, he suddenly let loose his inner demons and threw on an electric guitar and it was all become Art Rock. He sort of took these songs to a new height yet still strugling to come to terms with what would have been a real ‘art case’. So instead of tons of electronic blips and 808 drum patterns we now hear big drums, bas, guitars and the rest.
So what happened there? Well, I went along with my original idea in mind, but somehow felt I was capable of more. I sort of had to plunge in properly if it was going to be a good record. Not happy then? If only, no I really love the sound and of course the songs, and in the end of the day they are what matters. It is music, just not new electronic music, instead its my music, and my art project.
There is niggling senesation that NSA is a one-man show, but it should be said that NextStopArt is a band, a traditionel band in every sense, played and recorded in realtime.
NextStopArt is by no means the the most visible of bands coming out of London at the moment. Only a handful of rather silly cartoons warns us of a series of rather good British inspired tunes due to hit us this spring. With no gigs to their name yet, not even a proper video there is not much information to obtain for either the media or the public.
Label manager at BritishPopSongs Ian Nilsen says that he does indeed have more than a hand in it himself, but refuses to talk too much about what appears to be much more than just a silly idea. He is the producer among other things on the project and is truly excited about the prospect of where it’s going to go to.
“I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t recall why I came up with the idea of a semi virtual London Art Rock band concept, a virtual band playing and performing arty pop tunes.”
Anticipating bit criticism at some point, he then mentions that: “I’m my own boss now, and find it great that I can actually do what I want to when I want to, you see, I haven’t always had it that way, so I’m here to enjoy the ride. I’m also a musician at heart, so why halt making what I like most in the world… music. ”
The first single A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall was on pre-release on the BEST OF BritishPopSongs VOLUME ONE out in January.