This is your first album. Tell us about Noble Gray and how it came to be.
We started writing and singing together before we formed Noble Gray. All of the prior work was under Fabian’s name and the only other difference was that we started out working with people that produced the tracks for us. We then reached a point where we wanted full control over the sound of the music and so we did a music production course and Noble Gray was born.
How would you best describe your sound?
Our sound is essentially pop but has undertones of RnB, electronica, jazz and even trap music. It’s basically a melting pot of the music we both grew up listening to and admiring. Our songs can be a little quirky based on our perspective on life and some of the subjects matters we cover. All of this is encapsulated by Fabian’s voice, which has a wide range and a very recognisable and distinctive sound which is also a Noble Gray’ism that is unmistakable.
What are your musical influences?
Our musical influences are vast. We definitely feel that we have been influenced and inspired by every artist or song that we have ever heard. Some of these experiences have been enriching and others not so much but at the end of the day they have all made an impact to our lives and the music we produce.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
That’s a tough question! There are sooooo many artists that we love and find amazing. We feel that we are just starting out and are keen for people to get to know who Noble Gray is first before we could even conceive the notion of collaborating with any of our idols.
Why is the album titled Throwback?
The album was born from our perception of the current mainstream music industry and the lack of diversity out there. It seems that the industry, and artists alike, are choosing to follow the current trends in music production and vocal styles. As music lovers, we are hard-pressed to identify particular artists on the radio sometimes because things songs sound very similar. This wasn’t the case 20-30 years ago, so “Throwback” was created as a homage to a time when artists were bold, individual and were eclectic. A time when singers sang with emotion, who all had their own thang going on and finally who produced timeless works of art that helped to shape and inspire the world.
What inspires you to write your music? Who’s the Bernie and who’s the Elton?
Inspiration is all around us and very random. We get lyrics that come to us while travelling on the tube, in a restaurant overhearing a conversation or waking up at 3 am with a full chorus in our heads, that you have never heard before. It's also about past, present and future wishes or imaginations that can be a source of inspiration. We often say that we have been inspired by every single song and/or artist we have ever heard, good or bad because it has still shaped our outlook.
I think we both go back and forth between Elton and Bernie. The great thing about being in a duo, both creatively and romantically, is that we are able to inspire each other all the time. One always eggs the other on and the ideas just start to snowball. That’s actually how we tend to write together, one of us will come up with a hook and a chorus and the other will then add in the verses and bang you have written a track that has two perspectives rolled into one.
When it comes to perform thing though, Fabian is definitely Elton!
What’s on heavy rotation on your Spotify?
Currently we are listening to Rahsaan Patterson’s back catalogue again, in preparation of his up and coming album and tour.
Nobel Gray perform this Friday at The Eagle, 8pm, 349 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5QY. Free entry.