We sit down with the multi-talented Nimbus Nine to discuss his music, life, and quarantine.
Who is Nimbus Nine? Tell us about yourself.
Nimbus Nine is an artist, producer, skater from Freeport New York! I’m 23 years old.
It seems like you have different sides of yourself. Most people would classify you as a rapper, yet in your collaboration with Werecrøw, “Flame Swordsman”, you mention that you’re not a rapper. How would you describe yourself and what you do?
I would describe myself as a creator! I mainly make music, but I can make other genres besides rap if I wanted to – like I have alternative rock music, too. I just like to create things: Videos, beats, clothing, art. I’m into a lot of things besides music tbh.
What do the number 444 and esotericism mean to you?
The number 444 represents spiritual and physical guidance and synchronicity. 444 is a sign or a message from the universe or your spirit guides trying to communicate with you on earth.
My birthday is 03/12. 4 goes into 12 (3) times. I’ve seen the number for a long time, and decided to make 444CLVN in like 10th grade. Then shortly after Jay-Z dropped that album it was crazy.
You’re very consistent in your releases, with your latest release being JEALOUSY (Prod.$KC). What inspired you to start making music and what keeps you going?
I started making music because I felt it was the only way I could express myself. My first songs were about how I hated life and wanted to die, but after a while I started to hate “sad boy music”. It wasn’t a thing when I was making it – that’s just how I truly felt.
The only thing that keeps me going is the fact that I don’t like what I hear in the music industry / underground scene sometimes. I love the fact I can create something I’d love to hear!
A lot of the times I feel discouraged because I’ve been making music for so long, and I still feel like the underdog. I always have been. I’ll never stop though because I like to hear myself, and the ideas I can manifest into audio vibration.
Which of your songs would you say are your top 3?
My top 3 songs of mine I’d say are QUICKSCOPE, LSD!, and FUCKOUTMYFACE.
To be honest though I feel like every new song I create is my favorite. There’s something about those songs though. I feel like I unlocked something or did something different on those records, something you can feel.
You mention that listening to different genres will make you a better artist. What are your favorite genres that you listen to? Which genre(s) has made you a better artist?
I really like alternative rock, grunge and metal, but also I like phonk, lo-fi, psychedelic music, certain R&B, and also music from other cultures like Hindi music that I used to hear when I went to the temple.
I’d say definitely rock music though will make you a better artist because it’s so emotional and diverse in structure. It forces you to feel something.
Best advice and / or favorite quote?
My best advice is to just live life how ever you want and make genuine connections with people that have your best interest at heart. Never burn bridges.
Also, the less you give a fuck the better life can be, but certain things you have to care about. Just be you – fuck everyone spectating. And, people will always find ways to surprise you. Keep your expectations low, and you’ll never be disappointed.
Being from New York, how did the lockdown / quarantine affect you?
The lockdown/ quarantine affected me in a big way because, yes, I’m from New York, but I moved to PA last July, so I’ve already been isolated and stuck inside while everyone else was having fun.
I think since I had a head start it didn’t affect me as bad, but it did suck because now on top of being in a new place with a low population, nobody wants to socialize!
Pretty recently, you seemed to be in a dark mood. Do you feel that it’s important to be able to speak freely about those kinds of things, or should artists keep their feelings to themselves?
Yes, a lot of the times I’m in a dark mood. It’s been that way since I was young. I believe it’s good to speak about it freely if you have no one to listen to you.
It’s better to put it out than to keep it inside, but as an artist it is better and more professional to keep it to yourself, and only post your music and products. I’m human though and I don’t give a fuck what people think so I express myself how I want on my platforms.
In the end, nobody really even cares, but it feels good to get it out and make others feel like they aren’t alone.
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