Being an artist hoping to build a career in music requires having the ability to evolve. Styles, sounds, and inspirations will change. You must be willing to change with them. Our recent find EnAge is a great example of always moving forward and evolving.
We had the chance to chat with the modern electro-pop artist about his growth and newest single “Over You”. Enjoy the interview:
First off, tell us how the name EnAge came to be?
The name EnAge is actually a combination of my forename and surname which is Nicolai Huter. The “En” stands for the “N” in “Nicolai”, and the “Age” stands for the “H” in Huter. I think my mom was the first one who ever came up with that name. I am pretty happy with how it turned out though!
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my music is a mix of modern Pop and dance elements. I love to write cheerful and upbeat kind of songs, but at the same time I like having a electronic chorus with a lot of lead melodies and vocal harmonization. That’s why I usually say I make Pop and EDM music (Electronic Dance Music).
Which artists have had the biggest influence on you?
When I first started making music, my biggest influences were German artist “Zedd” and Austrian artist “Left Boy” (now “Ferdinand”). I guess my music at first was leaning towards their style, but it took me some years to figure out my own sound. Now that I have figured that out, my biggest influences musically are LAUV, Blackbear and DJ’s/ producers like Cheat Codes, Two Friends and CADE.
You seem to keep evolving as a musician and an artist. Producing, songwriting, now singing. What is next in your evolution?
Yeah I guess that’s right but I also think it’s so important to evolve, especially when being a creative individual. I would have never imagined being the singer on my songs, but I couldn’t be any happier with how it is right now. The next big step for me is going to be performing. So far I haven’t been performing at all, only producing, writing and singing in studios. It’s going to be a big next step, but I am slowly getting ready for that and figuring out how I am going to approach this.
How does a song come to you? What is the EnAge songwriting process?
I usually always start with producing some kind of beat or melody. I never really start writing lyrics and then trying to create the music to them. I love being on my grand piano or my midi keyboard and just playing around with chords and melodies. That’s always how I begin the song process. After having a rough arrangement and beat, I start writing lyrics to it on my phone, usually the whole first verse and pre-chorus. Then I try to come up with some ideas for the chorus, but if I’m not really satisfied with where I am going, I continue writing the second verse and working on the chorus at a later point. The best songs for me always happen in one session. I remember writing “Infinity” in my bedroom in Los Angeles in 45 minutes and that is my most successful song to date. I am not against other writing techniques though, I think everybody must figure out which way is the best and most effective for them.
EnAge will get “Over You”
Your latest single “Over You” seems to be putting all your talents together. Tell us about this track.
“Over You” is actually the second track with my own vocals. After releasing “Infinity” earlier this year, I wanted to make more of a fresh summer track as a follow-up release. I think it worked out pretty well! I remember writing and recording this track in my home studio and immediately being obsessed with the first verse. I wrote the song about the feeling and realization you have when you can just tell that somebody isn’t right for you. It could be seen as a good break up song as well I guess, haha! I am really happy how it turned out and it’s currently my second most successful song on Spotify and in general.
Share some advice for other artists coming up in the scene?
All I can say is: try to create your own sound. I know that nowadays there are so many different types of music out there and so many genres which make it hard to distinguish at all. My music is also a form of Pop but I managed to find and create my recognizable “EnAge” sound. Once you found your sound you will gain way more fans and grow much faster. Also, try to shape your brand and online presence. It’s so important today being able to keep up in this sea of other artists. Try to build your brand and connect it well to your music.
Give us a look at the future of EnAge?
I am currently working on a lot of new projects, mostly for me but also for other artists and also some stuff outside of music. 2020 so far has been my best year yet music wise. I grew faster than ever and I was happier than ever with what I put out. I can’t wait to release more personal music and see where this journey takes me. My goal is to release two more singles this year and keep up with at least the same pace for the next year as well. One of my main goals outside of doing music myself is that in the future I want to be able to help artists find their way in the music business.
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