Local Artist Spotlight: Namor

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How did you come up with the name of the band?
It is my first name backward.

How would you describe your sound?
Silky smooth and bright pop music with a touch of darkness within. I tend to mix a lot of genres such as Pop, Dance, Electronic, Rnb, and even Breakbeats.

When did you first become interested in playing music?
When I was about 15 years old, I got into music by producing on Garageband on my iPhone for a couple of friends of mine who were rappers. Eventually, I got better and focused on developing my craft. I moved up to different software and instruments.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
Just recently at the release show for my new album, this girl ran up to hand me a heart-shaped crystal. It’s not the strangest thing but I found it funny at the moment. It’s just the last thing I would have expected to receive honestly.

What are you listening to these days?
A lot of 070 Shake, Tech House music, and Sade. Vastly different sounds but I like anything that moves me and has good production.

What does music mean to you?
Music is everything to me. It has a presence in almost every aspect of my life. Music is art but it is also the human experience. It’s a gift because it can serve as a channel to our inner selves, and we can develop such an intimate connection to songs that we like listening to.

San Francisco is full of music history. Who are some San Francisco musicians who inspired you?
Santana is a standout for me. I always loved his music and he got me into playing guitar a couple of years back. Mac Dre was definitely one of the most significant artists I would listen to growing up as well.

What’s the biggest challenge in becoming a musician today?
I would say social media and technology have allowed us to get into music much easier, but they also served to make it become very over-saturated. There’s so much going on now that it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. But, I believe that making quality music that comes from the heart is all one needs to make it work as a musician today. In a way, it became much more simple than before.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
I love the Fox Theatre in Oakland. But I also love the various clubs in San Francisco which host local DJs, as I love the whole EDM scene a lot.

Where do you like to get creative in San Francisco?
One of my favorite spots is this rooftop on Stockton street. It’s a spot I like to show people but I also love going up there and just looking at the view while listening to music and writing songs.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I love film. Before music, my passion was in film and I still like to incorporate that side of myself into my music even now.

Having released albums under Digital Nations, a label founded by Steve Vai, music critic Louis Raphael has remained deeply connected to the pulse of the San Francisco music scene. Following his tenure as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he embarked on creating Music in SF® to authentically highlight the vibrant offerings of the city's music scene.

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