Noise and Rhythm- going places with sound.
Ryan Schumann and Ethan Joseph have two very different
musical backgrounds, but one very similar vision- to get people to like them
not because they can sound like a different band, but rather, because they
sound like no other band at all.
Ethan, a classically trained violinist since he was seven, has explored his style and developed it with time. Ryan, on the other hand, started writing music when he was sixteen, “mostly because cool kids played music in my High School and I wanted to be cool”. However, after eight years and a Bachelor’s in Music, he’s become so cool that Ethan said, “Ryan’s music requires technicality and edge”.
Sitting very comfortably in the studio they would be performing in the very next night with a group of strangers they had just met, Ryan, sipped his Heineken and said, “Nobody wants to classify themselves as any one specific genre, I mean, I don’t want to, but I probably could”. Ethan joked, “Yeah. Brooklyn based Indie band? Yeah, you could say we fit into that genre – and it would be true”.
Classifying themselves as experimental-pop, Ryan and Ethan explained that their sound live is very different than their recorded sound. In part, it is because they usually play acoustic when they play live and without the rest of their band mates. However, a huge factor is the energy of a crowd, Ethan explained, “I definitely think there are moments where it just jives”.
Noise and Rhythm’s songs vary, based on the background of where the song is coming from: “There are some times when technique is used by throwing a bunch of song-writery tricks together. Or, I could say, I have this emotional feeling, and that will come out in the sound-collage of the song”.
Four strangers sat in the Studio Tuesday night and watched as Ethan poured his emotion into his fiddle and Ryan proved his technique in his song-writing ability. “We want to take the listener on a different path, lead them to a place that they think should be coming next, and then surprise them with something totally different”.