One key part of being a Musician is the Touring, traveling from city to city, state to state, maybe even country to country. NorvisJr is not just a musician, he's a creatively brilliant cool cat with an old soul, a kind and giving spirit. Out of all the talent that lives in him, one thing Bloodhound NY will say for sure not to be missed is his performances. When he hits the stage his positive vibes are relentless, you can feel it so you move closer to the front, his smooth voice and freestyle riffs fill the air like seductive smoke clouds that lure you in. The music seriously comes out of every pore of his body. So undoubtedly hearing that NorvisJr is planning his first official Tour is ultra exciting. You can read more about "The Nelson Nance is NorvisJr. Tour" in our Art Section feature.
NorvisJr's grind has been endless, performing at various venues throughout Manhattan & Brooklyn... Knitting Factory, Webster Hall, Rye Bar, Santos House Party & Palisades, just to name a few. As well as Music Festivals, like MoCADA's Soul of BK Festival, Bushwick Music Festival & Black Market Music Festival. He's created show series, like "The Nacho Nachos Party" and help put together "Catch the Wave". He's also played in neighboring states, Stella Blues in Connecticut, Union Arts in D.C. and Window Factory Arts in Philly.
Is it still grind...if you are doing what you love to do? Ugh.... Most Definitely! All the more reason to stay focused and push forward. NorvisJr magnetic energy is fueled by sheer passion and a true love for the Art. Get to know him a little better, by reading the below interview. Make sure you follow him on instagram and subscribe to his email list so you can keep track of all his awesome events. And of course, don't forget to check out his kickstarter page ending this week. If you miss the deadline and would like to still show your support with a donation, then feel free to DM his Instagram account or send him an email for more info.
BHNY: Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or MP3s... any preference?
NorvisJr: CDs. My Dad has an insanely huge CD collection. Whenever I was interested in learning about some new waves, I would just pop in five random jams (He had a 5 CD changer at the house) and go to another world. He has it all in CD form yo.
BHNY: What was the first album you remember ever listening to?
NorvisJr: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Official Soundtrack from 90's.
BHNY: When and how did you start making music? Where did the musical journey take place?
NorvisJr: I actually don't ever remember a time in my life I didn't make music. When I was like 4 years old I would sing this song called to "Ohh Bay Bay" to women walking by... it was an underground hit back in 1991. I knew I wanted to make more than random melodies to sing at women when I was like 14. I played the baritone sax in middle school band and I was really into that song "Uh Huh Okay What's Up Shut Up" by Trick Daddy. So...like..one afternoon I made an arrangement of it for the saxophone section of my band to play in our off time with these really jazzy chord stabs... it was the jam.
BHNY: Name two things that inspire you music related and two things unrelated to music...
NorvisJr: Music related... the sound of a rhodes and Jimi Hendricks. Non-music related...Love and cartoons. These things are my highest mountains of inspiration to be honest.
BHNY: How do you believe music changed or evolved in the past 10 years?
NorvisJr: It's become less about the music for a lot of people and more about the people who make the music. Not that the people who make the music haven't always been a thing, but at this current moment a lot of the music that's distributed in the broadest streams is initially created from the mindset of... how can we make sure that people know who this is first so then people can get into the music that the person will "eventually" create. That and features. Features on songs are a whole other dimension now.
BHNY: Is Hip Hop dead?
NorvisJr: That's a loaded question.
BHNY: Who do you feel is changing the game? Or is the future pioneer of Hip Hop?
NorvisJr: Kendrick Lamar. Although I think he, like a lot of people have transcended Hip Hop, in terms of the genre they're creating from.
BHNY: Who do would people be surprised to find out you listen to or admire in music?
NorvisJr: The Beach Boys. "Pet Sounds" is one of the best albums of ALLLLL time.
BHNY: What is a big moment or defining point in your musical career and life?
NorvisJr: I found out from my mom about 2 years ago, that my Dad had a small musical career when he was my current age and she told me that at a very trying time. I was just fucking depressed all the time and felt like maybe this music thing is a waste of time and that I should focus more on my painting and glitch art. And to hear that he had the same passions as I did validated the future I had been doubting.
BHNY: If you could chill with any person dead or alive for a day who would it be? What would you be doing?
NorvisJr: Missy Elliot or Stevie Wonder. We'd smoke weed and make dope shit ALLLLL day.
BHNY: Tell me more about the upcoming Tour you would like to see come to fruition.
NorvisJr: A lot of the songs where I'm singing, I'm freestyling but at them same time after I listen to the songs, they make more and more sense in respect to my human experience. This is not an unusual phenomena for artist to make things unconsciously, that are deeply personal. I started to see a very particular story-line from all the music from the last 4 years this one day, about 5 months ago, when serendipitously enough I was listening to my music on iTunes shuffle. It wasn't a story I had ever considered thou... about self actualization from the destruction and recreation of "self". It was weird cause I couldn't see my music as I had before, and I wanted to share the new view with other people. So I decided to bring that story to fruition in my live show, but I think it needs to be separate from other shows. It takes time and space to understand the destruction of yourself in order to successfully recreate yourself. It's gonna be real trippy to see in motion. It's a synthy boom bap minimalist experience with trippy minimalist visuals to match.
BHNY: At the 1st Nacho Nachos Party, your performance was lively and your energy was engaging as always. But you did throw down on those delectable Supreme Nachos, all served with homemade cheese sauce. So you gotta let us know what is your all time favorite food or meal to cook in the kitchen?
NorvisJr: Hmmm... It's hard for me to pick favorites with food yo. So for today... I'm just gonna say I'd make a 4 course meal.
BHNY: Wow sounds real serious...professional and creative. And actually kind of a sexy meal. After listening to that I need to try everything on this menu. SOoooo [laughs] when does your restaurant open?
Guess we'll have to stay tuned.