If you’re looking for that perfect playlist for a spur-of-the-moment beach trip – or maybe an excuse to take that spur-of-the-moment beach trip – say no more. After one listen to this guy, you’ll forget your bags and head straight to the interstate.
Inspired by Kanye West, Lo Noom might as well be considered a child prodigy.
At only 18 years old and in his senior year at Hattiesburg’s Presbyterian Christian School, Andrew Newman could put the Top 40 to shame with his first album “Groovy.”
Newman began his first album, following West’s lead, by taking samples from other songs from bands like Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Sufjan Stevens, cutting them into pieces and rearranging the snippets into his own unique song. Where did he learn this skill?
“YouTube will teach you anything really,” Newman said with a grin.
His musical journey started in the third-grade when his parents signed him up for guitar lessons, but after two lessons, his teacher stopped showing up and he began teaching himself. He’s now taught himself how to play guitar, piano, banjo, and, yes, even the tambourine.
Newman doesn’t discriminate when it comes to his musical inspirations or even his musical equipment. With his first album, Newman said he listened to a lot of the Beach Boys, and he even has an ’80s keyboard that’s older than he is.
His mixtape, released in May, features 11 songs with titles like “Sundance Lovers,” “Dr. Groove,” “Venus,” and “Chill Deville.” In just five months, over 20,000 people have tuned in to his SoundCloud page to experience the funky space-pop styling of Lo Noom.
This guy is a machine, and he does it all himself. From writing and singing the lyrics to making the beat, Lo Noom is a one-man show and we love it.
“Sometimes I’ll come home from school, lock myself in the studio with five cups of coffee and then I’ll just record,” he said, nonchalantly.
This month Newman should probably put extra coffee on his list for Santa because he hopes to have his second album out around New Years, and this time it will hopefully appear on iTunes. As if we didn’t love the first album enough, Newman is concocting an even funkier second album with fewer samples and more catchy lyrics.
“I always end up saying baby,” he laughed, “but so does Mac Demarco, so I guess it’s OK.”
DIME got the chance to sit down with Newman and hear a sneak peek of his new song “Superglue,” and, trust me, you don’t want to miss what this dude is going to do, especially after he graduates and heads to Ole Miss.
“Once I get to Oxford, I’m hoping to get straight into the music scene there,” he said confidently.
According to Newman, most of the musical connections he has are in Oxford, so if the stars align, we may get to see Lo Noom live and with a full band to accompany his already blossoming work.