BY: GABY MORENO
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
I had the opportunity to sit down with a talented emcee and Producer Nomad! I met Nomad at Yazi’s dope platform the SD Music Room. At one of the meetings Nomad rapped a few of his songs over his self produced beats I was amazed by his cadence, flow and dope lyricism. His sound and lyrics are unique which sets him apart from his peers in my opinion. We kept in touch and I got a genuine vibe from him. I can tell he really loves the Hip Hop culture and has a passion for helping others succeed in their craft. He is also very knowledgable about the music industry. Without further a do please read below to know more about Nomad as he speaks about his upcoming music and drops some gems for those who are currently in the rap game or are thinking of entering the music business.
Please introduce yourself for those who might not know who you are?
I am Nomad, Nomad Alexander AKA The Roach AKA Jupiter The Rev, too many AKA’s.
What is the significance of your moniker Nomad?
So when I was like growing up I kinda liked to do whatever the fuck I wanted and it kinda led to a nickname happening cuz I would dip from one place to another and I never really stayed one place for too long so I got the nickname Nomad.
How long have you been rapping and producing? Can you share a bit about your journey in the music industry?
So producing I been doing it a lot longer. Like 10 years getting paid doing it. So I guess 10 years professionally. I’ve always written for other people I won’t go to deep into that, but I’ve written for other people and then I was like you know what if it’s good enough to be played then I’ma try to do this for myself, but basically I realize that like a you know if that many people like my songs I can probably fucking do it on my own. Cuz again at the end of the day it is a business you know, like I love music I think everybody that knows me fucking knows how much I love music. Creating, collabing with people helping people find their sound, but at the end of the day it’s still a business it has to be monetizable so we can make some money make bread everybody’s happy you know!
You are very knowledgeable about the business aspect of the music industry. Any gems or advice you would give an up and coming Artist or Producer?
Oh read, go read a bunch of books, if you do minimum reading learn about contract law bare minimum scratch the surface like educate yourself. Number two don’t sign shit before you read it! I got screwed out of a lot of money that way when I was younger like people, not everybody that says they are your friend is your friend. My grandma used to say not everything that shines glitters is gold, sometimes its just fucking glitter you know shiny shit!
Book recommendation: “Modern Recording Techniques” by: David Miles Huber” It’s very wordy at times cuz I like to get to the point and I feel there is a lot of set up and like filler, but there is so many truths in it if you wanna understand sound and how to manipulate it correctly. It is like my Bible whenever my interests gets piqued and that’s how I do projects. I’m like that’s weird I like that, I haven’t heard a 1000 of this so that’s how I usually get involved into something. But like it has to start with like I see the vision, I see where you’re going with it like if not like it’s not even like on a personal thing cuz everyone is on a journey of finding their sound, but I’m not tryna develop. Like in the music room like everybody is you should manage, nah. I’ve already babysat and managed enough people like I’m trying to do my own thing I’ll help you if you meet me halfway!
Sun Tzu – “The Art of War” – Understanding like, how not even being a vindictive asshole or being like you know very like me me me and like I’ma fuck everybody, but know that there’s people out there that think like that. That think it is wiser to fuck somebody over to get their money easier than working for their own money you know. There’s tell tale signs. Read The Art of War that’s all I have to say.
How have you been able to make a living by doing something you love in your case, music?
Hustlin’, like making shit out of nothing! A lot of people get caught up on gear and shit. Like listen if you really on your grind, you should be hanging out and attracting like minded individuals. I’m sure one of your motherfuckin’ friend has a computer, one of you guys has a microphone whatever like you can make do, you know. It really shows a level of initiation like self initiation when you’re doing shit on your own. Even if it’s rough as fuck. A real Producer is gonna be able to hear the gem in the track no matter how rough that shit is. If there is diamonds worth in their a real producer polishes them, he doesn’t tell him ay this is shit, it’s like let me help you craft your sound and guide you.
It is a laser beam you know like pure laser is bad, but when it’s focused wooh it does some badass shit! That’s what you’re trying to do, tryna focus the energy that’s what supporting one another going to the shows all that shit. Not even just that like a lot of the support is free you can fucking make a post it takes you 2 seconds to make a post and it’s heart fell and you’re helping you know even if you can’t go to the show like somebody else can go to the show. Don’t be a hater!
Who is your favorite emcee or biggest influence in the hip hop scene?
MF Doom and J Dilla
Who is you favorite Producer or biggest influence?
I fuck with BK and Queen Producers that made me to put it like that! Apollo Brown, my respects, if you ever get to listen to this I fucken’ love you! I fuck with you in Chicago, I fuck with you in New York. I don’t know if you remember my fucken’ face, but I love your shit bro!
That one is hard like I at the tippy top, Quincy Jones’s just because he is a bad fuck. He just finesses a record, like there’s like so many stories that I’ve gotten the hear like all when Quincy… I’m like holy fuck, when you are in everybody’s mouth and everybody is saying positive shit even like positive jealousy shit. You know, like aw I just wish I had his wit, his ears whatever. That’s a level that like…He also put Black and Brown whatever on the map okay he broke fuckin’ ceilings! Like back when they weren’t letting black people touch snobs and shit. He like really broke the ceiling! I love him.
I love, I actually love some people that a lot of people don’t know that are Producers, like Will.I.am is like people call him a Producer, but that motherfuckers is a genius! Uncle Will is a fuckin’ genius! He will sit down and craft entire records for people and some of them he gets credit for, but like a lot of the shit he doesn’t. He is just that creative where he can give you a gem and like I don’t care I’ma shit another one in 15 minutes.
That level of being secure with yourself. There’s always gonna be somebody that doesn’t like your shit you know what I mean. And this is the thing, if they don’t like it they still picked it up, they still listened to it. Even if they got nothing but hate it might me because they haven’t heard anything like this. Ah this so trash, this is like nothing I’ve ever heard, but you already did your job and fucked up the game! Then again you are a disturbance that’s what, who remembers those people okay is who fucked up the game.
Even mumble rap I mean like who did it big?! You can name Future, you can name a couple motherfuckers who blew up that sound. That is basically what this is we should be pushing the culture forward not trying to sound the same. Now like I’m not shitting on you know artists, but like put a little bit more effort bro. Auto-Tune takes you so far and everything, but craft your shit like want to do better.
In my opinion how it seemed anyways like they take this thing in their like flexing right and they are more interested in the flex value of the money and shit it rather than like. It is the legacy thing though, if they took half the time trying to grow those following bases okay, getting like thousands and thousands of people to follow them, but this is the truth about that I see motherfuckers that have 2 million followers right, but are broke cuz they don’t know how to monetize what they have you see what I’m saying!
That leads for 2 things to happen somebody is going to come and take advantage, that is what we call the ultimate opportunist. Or somebody’s gonna like basically fuck them out of his every dime you know what I mean. The opportunist usually comes with like, “Yeah you got fucked with a bad contract, but you know you live you learn”. Some of these people like they will get fucked careers you know what I mean. You can’t use your name anymore your likeness, like Prince… All these people it’s happened to them and if you think that you are bigger or better than any of these legends like suck a dick! Humble yourself cuz you are not you know it can happen to anybody.
The people who really see what happens they’re the ones that you want. You want the super fans. We go to the Nipsey model okay like even if I only sell 100 mixtapes okay, but those are the only ones of their kind now you’re creating value you see what I’m saying. Again making something out of nothing it’s gonna to be collectible. People ask me how did you get into the music thing. You just start doing it you wanna be in the music thing . You go to your local shows you start like fuckin’ working, chopping it up, trying to get your foot in the door.
This is what the old heads used to tell me in Brooklyn the people who I have the most respect for. When you look at like the trajectory of like what you want to do. If you’re walking aimlessly you’re wasting energy, resources time, and money. All these things are getting wasted. Like a lot of guys they say, “hey I wanna do this music thing” and they’ll go and record. Yeah, but you skipped the plan, you skipped the team you skipped all these things. It’s the journey to get there because they’re so in a rush to get there that it’s like they wasted all this time, energy and money going nowhere. Because they believe that like “oh, but I’m in constant motion” yeah, but you don’t know where you are going. There is no plan, there’s no destination so your aimlessly walking. Wasting energy and time, but that’s the number 1 thing I would say.
In this life you have two things to invest and that is your time and your money! Who you give those two things to is how you gotta turn out and what you gonna build. A lot of motherfuckers they talk about wanting to live this life and what not, but how did I do it, sacrifices that’s how! Putting in 6 hours in the studio instead of going out you know what I mean. Not going out like for dinners all the time. Buying yourself a studio you know those little sacrifices. Invest in yourself. You are a company if you want to make money doing this thing you have to views yourself as a company and a brand. How am I gonna wanna invest in you if you don’t have a studio.
You call yourself a producer and you don’t have the tools that you need to be…I wouldn’t call myself a contractor if I don’t have a nail gun and all that shit you know. To me like it’s comical. Cuz F.L. has enabled a generation of a…which is cool. It has driven the game forward. But F.L. to me, when I hear I am a Producer. It is curated sounds, you are not a Producer! People who know sound engineered the shit around and basically gave you a curated list of bomb ass sounds. If you can’t make bomb ass beat with that, I’m sorry, but you’re fucken’ retarded! At that point you shouldn’t be in this, but it does also enable for because you have to see it both ways and I try to.
You get guys like Murda Beatz that all they are doing is like stacking shit. That’s all they do all day and get high. They get called Producers. My issue is this, those guys are intelligent because they’re making like, they’re milking the name right? Very few…
Sorry I am going to interrupt myself right here to say the Scott Storch, you asked me producers, I love Scott Storch. Say whatever like, there are some people in the industry the have a bad taste in their mouth because of Scott, I love Scott. Scott is in your face. Everybody’s a fuck up, everybody has their vices and shit. But if you just look at the production what he does in the time that he does it in and as consistently as he doe it fuck you, like geniuses have troubles too! Imagine shitting out gems and everybody’s hittin’ you up, but then you get really lonely you know what I mean because those same motherfuckers’ like they’re really just like using you, squeezing that Stardust!
Pair yourself up with people that will actually support you. They are not saying they support you they are at your shows. They’re not saying I fuck with your shit, they are re-posting your shit. They’re wearing your shit, they’re wearing the hoodie you know what I mean. That’s who the fuck you are pandering to, your super fans!
It’s like this like this, how many followers do I have probably like 300 or 400 follow maybe? I making a living! These clowns that have million followers, but have they monetized it? It is flex power, its Instagram shit, it is whatever like it’s the facade. You can only fake it til’ you make it so far until people start realizing like holy shit he doesn’t have the star power. Very few people do.
Every dog has his day you can have one hit wonder. The panda Producer got fucked. That is one I always like to bring up cuz that motherfucker only got $320 for that beat. That shit went triple platinum and made this motherfucker’s career you know what I mean. You look at shit like that and it’s like you who got fucked or who fucked who. In reality it’s like the Producer fucked themselves by not knowing you know. He didn’t know that shit was going to go triple platinum, but it’s like if you know that you have heat you owe it to yourself to do research.
I’m not gonna do all the work and all steps for you. I ain’t hard to reach motherfuckers know me. I am pretty friendly, if you got questions like I’ll put you onto some game. Just don’t fuck anybody over! That’s my rule!
What is your favorite hip hop album and song?
I love To Pimp A Butterfly I think it was better than Damn a lot of people don’t agree with me. Content for content, favorite records he ever did.
I love like a weird shit I actually like XXXtentacion. He died too young, but left us some shit. That whole thing too, you never know when you’ll be gone so put your shit on record. Release that shit! YouTube that shit whatever. But put your shit on vinyl. Make sure that it is saved somewhere, that it’s up streamable because that then like you’re forever you’re immortal. Like Big L we lost him too soon. Put your shit on record!
K-Pop – They basically they have taken hip hop and R&B sounds and like made their own genres of music and not just that like to the point where they’re doing better numbers than American acts.
What is your favorite scary movie? Why?
Jeepers Creepers and why because when I was younger my cousin and I, I have fond memories of when I was really really little I lived in San Diego before I lived over there. Him and I would fuckin’ watch this movie and it was like horror, like we were little so that movie it fucked with us. We couldn’t sleep with the lights off and shit. Then I just became like, I was a little bit of a horror film buff myself back in the day the Hellraiser’s all the old classics. Hell yeah! That’s when fucken’ effects were good. Think about it like Thriller all that shit, the makeup that went into that shit. Way better now everything is CGI fuck that shit!
You talk about how you want to create a new sound to stand out from the rest of the rappers nowadays. How do you plan of doing that and do you have any ideas in mind of what that sound is? Any artists you like that have unique sounds? If you can share.
I like other artist, now that I had time to think I’ll name drop a couple other artist that the Dinny Skip coming from I believe he’s from the South. Dinny Skip be on the look out for that kid he is on fire and on a fast trajectory.
Oliver Tree, I fucken’ love Oliver Tree I listen to that shit like every fucking day. It’s like Rap, but you can’t really put a genre on it and that’s why I fuck with it. It has aspects of hip hop, but it also has like aspects of party anthems and aspects of EDM, weird shit. I like blurring lines like that!
Chuuwee & Trizz, Cali The Dreamer, A.II.Z, Sir Karri (holding it down for Chula), all the local motherfuckers, Nemy, and Yazi!
I mean fuckin’ Country Road whether you like it or hate it again he fucked up the game! I don’t care what people are saying, “Aw look at all these white Country artists that came out and supported him”. Na, they needed the revamp on their career fuck that shit, call it what it really is!
They used this kid remixed the fuck out of his song that he still isn’t able to monetize by the way we won’t get into the specifics to that shit, but his management teams fucked him. He didn’t even wanna put a beat on it. Sometimes is like those creative pushes that like you can release a song two or three times the remixed version, different versions sell. Oliver Tree is one of the main examples of that. He did one song and remixed it 3 or 4 times that’s just smart releasing sake!
So a sound I just I like, I like mixing, I’ve done folk rock. I’ve done like Country shit. I like mixing, like different values from different genre’s.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind whether creatively or on a personal level?
I like making motherfuckers think! When people message me, like I never heard this in the song or like I put this together like that so cool, it is making people think and that means they’re listening to the words. Cuz that’s what I work really hard on. The beats kinda like by nature now you know I can poop out a beat pretty fast.
But like I really sit there and like think about my words. It’s always nice to hear when people are like hey that helped me through this moment or like this was really dope I like what you did there you know catching those little gems cuz we put them there. I mean you know as a writer.
I’ve had like a really beautiful blessed life like to meet really really talented motherfuckers and work with a lot of my heroes so just the opportunity! Whoever life’s I’ve touched I hope they go do that tenfold like that’s the whole point of this whole thing. Lend an ear, remember that we weren’t all like where we are now and I how good we sound now. It’s all a fuckin’ dream! We are all gonna suck, everybody sucked at the beginning if they say otherwise they’re just jerking themselves off. It’s a journey and like you’re gonna get there!
What is next for Nomad? Any upcoming projects or any other creative outlets in your future?
So yeah I will be releasing. I broke my tibia which ended up canceling my tour which was kinda fucked up, but it ended up being blessing. I have a bunch of music I want to release. Just right now getting on all the paperwork and like all the legal shit to cover myself so I can start releasing. Publishing’s are your friends artists don’t forget that!
So for sure within the next 2 months shit will be droppin and then it is going to be like clockwork. I’m just tryna release, release, release!
You are very humble, and I can see you have a passion for helping people and taking them under your wing. Where did that drive, and passion come from? Usually in the music industry everyone is out for their own benefit.
Ou, you gonna make me emotional as hell,Number 7! He was the one motherfucker that like really put me on, opened a shitload of doors for me. Taught me like so many things. I barely left the studio and he was just giving me more and more. Thanks to people like that! Thanks to people who helped when I was fuckin’ homeless that is why we do that hope for the homeless, should nobody be homeless. It’s not so nice outside you know, you know who’s president you know we don’t live under rocks like shit isn’t all rainbows and shit you know. That is the more reason to be united! Black and Brown baby, like Bumblebee’s I always say. I have one rap song and ya’ll are gonna know the lyrics, “Panthers come Black/ But they also come Brown/Seminal like the Indians/ Black and Brown we Indigenous!” That’s all you are gonna get for right now, but like unifying those two things are really important to me!
What do you believe sets you apart from your peers or competition in the hip hop scene?
Well I’m humble, but I also know I am a talented motherfucker. I bring bars to the table, I bring fuckin’ creative beats. I like to do like wild shit and I think more than anything like I’m genuine and I love all you motherfuckers who support me, I support you guys too! You see me in the fuckin’ crowd going ape shit! I really do it for the culture! For everybody, for the friends like that’s really why we are here. Boom! Put it on vinyl!
Anything you want to let your supporters know? Any words of encouragement?
Keep grinding and don’t let haters like fuckin’ steer you from your path. They’re haters like if they spent half the time that they do hating they’d actually accomplish some shit, but they are out here being insecure living insecure lives. You scared them, the fact that you’re going after your dreams and making shit happen. Two things you can do in this life, wake up and fuckin’ go back to sleep or you can wake up and chase your dreams! Like those two things can happen. Like you can keep sleeping and keep saying tomorrow. Out here there is a lot of motherfuckers that are really talented and I am not even saying it is a permanent thing that they won’t reach success, but they’re the reason why they’re not reaching where they need to be is they are their own worst enemy! Whether they’re not going out and socializing whether not cause this is a numbers thing too! Show love! Being a community like that’s how we all make it you know there’s plenty of bread on the table like don’t let people fuckin’ steer you away from that and I know your contractual releases!
Any shout outs you want to give out?
Hell yeah! Yazi is doing a whole lotta of shit with the SD Music Room. That is super important if you want to bring your game up to the next level. There’s a lot of creative people there. There’s a lot of people that can probably steer you in the right direction or just give you creative criticism and feedback.
There is a difference between criticism and creative criticism. Creative criticism is aimed to make you better the other one is just meant to hurt you and hate. You should be able to tell the difference between the two of them if not you are in the wrong game kid!
Everybody’s really working together to make shit pop off in San Diego right now! Anybody else that we are forgetting we love ya’ll, we respect ya’ll and we love that you are pushing the game together! Pass the ball back-and-forth baby it’s a team sport, we in these trenches together!!!
Thank you Nomad for your time and being open to do this interview! I truly appreciate you and your insightful knowledge! To my readers and supporters hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. Go follow his IG @goodvibetribe_nomad to keep up with his latest music and production! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads. While you’re at it please feel free to follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!