YoYo Nosa, the next LMU R&B legend (along with band Curbside, the co-champions of the Singer-Songwriter Showdown), are set to open Fallapalooza this year, sharing the stage with popular rapper and singer T-Pain.
Last week, we sat down with Curbside. This week, we talked with YoYo Nosa, a neo soul pop artist who blew the crowd away with her sound.
Molly Jean Box (MB): Can you tell me a little bit about your sound?
YoYo Nosa (YN): I am a neo soul pop artist. I started studying soul music and jazz music when I was about 5 years old. Some of my influences are Etta James [and] Amy Winehouse. I recently started getting into the neo soul genre when I was 10 because it incorporated new elements of R&B into that old soulful sound that I was used to.
MB: Where does the inspiration for your songs come from?
YN: Everything that I write is based off of my experiences. I believe in telling a story if it’s true to yourself. So, usually, if I go through something sad or something really exciting or I’m experiencing something new, I’ll channel it into a song.
MB: You’re going to be opening for T-Pain. How does it feel?
YN: Honestly, it feels great. I feel like it’s a win. Especially because when I first came to LMU, I really had the intention of getting my Soul Good EP out there. I feel like this is one of the wins since I’ve been here at LMU.
MB: What does this opportunity mean to you?
YN: It means a step toward the next level. To me, the next level would be getting my music to a platform where more people can hear it. I love going to networking events and meeting all kinds of people. I’m really just looking for more exposure with my music.
MB: What did you think of the other winner of the competition, Curbside?
YN: Actually, they’re really cool. I like their sound, I think they’re really onto something. At first when I saw [them], I thought I was gonna get BROCKHAMPTON vibes, but this was new — this was innovative. So, I’m really excited to be performing alongside them.
MB: You had a sax player [on stage with you]. Why did you choose to do that?
YN: I just met Patrick three weeks ago. He had told me that he wanted to play for me and [that he] really liked my music. So, one day, I went over to his room, and he was playing sax to my music. I just thought it was really cool; and I was really appreciative of the fact that he did that. So I asked if he wanted to play for the Singer-Songwriter Showdown.
MB: What are you most excited for and what are you most nervous about?
YN: Mostly, I’m excited to be on a bigger stage or a bigger platform. Most of the stuff that I’ve done has been like showcases or open mics, in front of more intimate crowds. This will be one of the [biggest] crowds I have performed in front of. I’m not really nervous about anything. I don’t really get nervous anymore. I’m very go with the flow.
MB: Is there a message behind your music?
YN: I think the main message of my music is to stay true to yourself and staying true to your experiences [by] not allowing them to necessarily transform you, but allowing yourself to reflect and then transform. I hope that people feel empowered.
With T-Pain and Curbside in the lineup, Fallapalooza will take place on Sept. 29 at Sunken Garden.