INTERVIEW: Notaker x We Own The Nite NYC


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Aeronautical Analyst By Day, Music Producer By Night: Notaker

The young Cincinatti based producer, whose sound is inspired by Hans Zimmer, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz, undoubted has a bright future ahead. Cruising his way through the year with a string of jaw-dropping productions under his belt, Notaker is ready to continue captivating the eyes and ears of electronic music fans all over the world. Not ready to back down yet, he will be releasing a series of additional projects that will inevitably solidify his place as one to watch as 2018 nears its end.

We recently caught up with Notaker who dished on how he juggles being an aeronautical engineer by day, music producer and DJing by night.

After committing yourself to such a complex career in aviation science, what motivated you to also DJ?

Notaker: It was actually kind of simultaneous really, I began my schooling about the same time I became interested in writing music. After a long while of casually writing tracks some of my records started to be recognized by bigger artists and I began getting a lot of interest from other people. That’s kind of when I decided to take it seriously, it was fun and I was good at it.

For those who don’t know, what is aviation science, and what does a normal day in this field look like for you?

Notaker: Aviation science is the title of my bachelor’s degree. It’s designed to prepare individuals for a career in the aviation industry.

I specialize in analyzing aviation data that is used in GPS and Auto-pilot systems. It’s a demanding job at times and comes with some hard deadlines for when we must deliver updates to our customers.

DJing while also holding such a time-consuming career more than likely doesn’t leave much free time. When you do get free time, how do you prefer to spend it?

Notaker: I love hanging with my wife, my friends, and my family when ever I get the chance. There’s not time for much else in the day when you have a full time job and come home to immediately start working on your craft (music in this case). It can get stressful too when the day-job or music careers has a hard deadline or increased work load. Weekends are the best for me, I get to wake up and work on music like it was my full time, which is really nice and fulfilling for me.

Looking back on your early releases, where do you see the most growth in how your sound has evolved? What growth do you hope to achieve in the future?

Notaker: I think when I began experimenting in lower tempos was when I really opened the door to my creativity. I often have new creative break throughs when writing music, it’s like a never-ending evolution of your interest and skill shaping how your music sounds.

For all the DJ’s hoping to make it in the industry who also have day jobs, what advice would you give them?

Notaker: Keep focused on your music and achieving your goals, trust the people you’re working with, and don’t worry too much about what everyone else is doing.

Only three months after releasing his debut mau5trap EP EREBUS I, Notaker has unleashed an enthralling single, ‘The Storm’. The track sees the multifaceted St. Louis based DJ/producer return to his Monstercat roots.

Aptly titled “The Storm,” the cinematic cut is both euphoric and catastrophic at the same time. Contrary to his last release, EREBUS I, ‘The Storm’ contains glimpses of hope and revelation through a crescendo of breakbeats and chromatic synths. The tempestuous undertones are juxtaposed with a heavenly melodic bassline tells a story in itself. The track serves as the perfect example of Notaker’s knack for conceptualizing an idea through a weighted piece of music.