noeverything | I AM – An Aural Journey

[dropcap]noeverything[/dropcap] is Ian McDonnell, known as a member of the Techno projects Eomac and Lakker, and Laura Kilty, an Irish sound therapist, trained in Jazz and classical music. The result of this, at first sight, unlikely combination, is stunning—Being long-term friends, they decided to start a new project a quite long time ago, but due to the tight schedule of the two musicians, it came to realization just recently. I AM, their debut release, was issued two days ago, and the EP is available for streaming here.

It is “an exciting new avenue of expression”, Ian states, stressing that it was only natural for him to work with Laura again; that the project was finalized this late was a result of Laura’s studies: “We were a duo in our early twenties, then I started doing my masters (MMT in Trinity) and it kind of took over my life for those two years. I went straight into a PhD and lecturing in composition which was again a huge workload and I just didn’t have time or space in my head for anything other than that.”

After realizing that academic work destroyed her creativity, she dived deep into meditation techniques and sound therapy, something that apparently influenced noeverything.

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“I didn’t consciously bring an element of healing music to this project”, Laura states, “but I believe that all music is very healing and that the human voice is an amazing tool for helping us heal. I have gotten so much solace and joy from music since I was really little, so it has always been a kind of therapy for and to me.”

Also on the purely musical scale, I AM felt like a natural addition to the two musician’s output: Ian, as he is living in Berlin and deeply engaged in the Techno scene due to his activities with Eomac and Lakker, he stresses the importance “to step outside that and do something different.”

Obviously influenced by Björk, they openly praise the Icelandic singer’s music: “The honesty in her lyrics and music, her willingness to embrace people as they are and encourage people to be themselves. She goes deep and that is something we want to do also”, but Laura’s approach is a slightly different one.

“In terms of the EP, I never felt any kind of influence from other artists except that which of course is always part of our subconscious. I felt influenced more so from the world around me and wanting to bring some light to the crap that gets thrown at us from the mainstream media day in and day out. I want our music to be a respite from that and for people to hear messages like It Will Be OK.”

The cinematic feel of I AM is quickly explained by Laura’s way of composing music:

“When I am writing music, I see it as shapes and colours, and when I have an idea for a piece, I often draw what it will look like so I can keep it in my mind before I have a chance to sit down to write it. So for me, music is always really visual and a journey, so I guess I naturally write that way which perhaps comes across to listeners also.”

Asked about her background as a sound therapist, agreeing that it feels like therapy, she denies the conscious influence of her work on noeverything, nevertheless pointing out: “I believe that all music is very healing and that the human voice is an amazing tool for helping us heal. I have gotten so much solace and joy from music since I was really little, so it has always been a kind of therapy for and to me.”

This joy of life is actually nearly visible, and the soundtrack-ish feeling of their debut release doesn’t come from nowhere. When asked about the production process, resulting in a very dense, flowing and coherent record, Ian says:

“We sat and wrote a lot of tracks, some worked, some didn’t, so it was a natural process of just feeling where we were at and what we were both trying to express through this project.”, before eventually “finding common ground musically and conceptually.”

As they usually work very differently, finding that common ground “was the only bit that was in any way time-consuming”. Explaining her way of writing music, Laura’s approach is a very visual one:

“When I am writing music, I see it as shapes and colours, and when I have an idea for a piece, I often draw what it will look like so I can keep it in my mind before I have a chance to sit down to write it. So for me, music is always really visual and a journey, so I guess I naturally write that way which perhaps comes across to listeners also.”

The visual aesthetics of I AM hints to empty movie screens, yet to be filled with the listener’s imagery. “A cool description”, Laura agrees—an aural journey in a way, led by two experienced and talented musicians.

A key sentence, I am everything, I am nothing, I am, doesn’t necessarily help to clear up the fog, but that is crucial in noeverything’s musical vision, and also becoming increasingly important in the musicians life: “As I grow and develop as a human being – that sense of there being something else, some universal energy, spirit, soul, love, whatever term is used to describe it”, Ian explains it, “a feeling that there are whole worlds of existence beyond the merely physical”.

Laura coins the phrase as the result of a dream she had, wearing a shirt with that phrase written on it, when she decided to end her academic work and go back into producing music, reconnecting with her creativity—” I woke up and it just stuck with me all day”, and that very sentence also is the source of the band’s name:

” concept of we are all everything and we are all nothing at the same time. For me that’s a very literal concept, it’s not an airy-fairy idea. I can definitely go flying ‘out there’, but meditation, yoga, energy work and sound healing are all really practical tools for me to just live my life as someone whose nature is pretty positive and friendly”, she explains.

“The collective consciousness fear-based and power-hungry way of being can be pretty intense to those that don’t want to live their lives in that way. Knowing your power and the truth that there is no one above you- and likewise no one beneath you- brings strength and the ability to live somewhat outside of that world. That can be done by everyone who wants to. How I see the world is always going to be part of every exchange I have, musical or otherwise, so that energy is definitely in everything I do.”

Find noeverything on Facebook, and Soundcloud. The record can be purchased on Bandcamp. Also, check out Laura Kilty’s homepage, resoundingpower.com.

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