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NTNT Release *And Then the Moon* 2.28.14

NTNT are gearing up for the release of their newest EP, And Then the Moon, this Friday at the Alhambra Theater. The EP has an epic and professional feel that sets it appart from previous releases. With a unique cadence and rhythm bathed in melody and rich sound, each track stands strong on their own. But it's the great care and thought evident in the lyrics that cause the entire EP to pop. Track three, 'Getchya So Good' is mellow like a warm spring day and serves as a great anchor to the more upbeat songs on the album. While NTNT have already made And Then the Moon available online, the EPs official release party is this Friday at Alhambra Theater featuring Rare Monk & Neighbors and is open to all ages. Doors open at 8:30, show starts at 9pm and tickets are $10 at the door, but if you buy two or more tickets in advance (by today, 2.27) they're only $5 a pop. - Cory Huennekens


The Deli Portland Presents NTNT, Bike Thief and The Adam Brock 4 at Backspace 8.16

On Friday, August 16th The Deli Portland will be presenting an all-ages showcase at Backspace to celebrate the summer spirit with some of our favorite emerging acts. The Adam Brock 4 will be kicking off the evening as they combine electronic influences with folk sensibilities in their unique brand of indie-pop. Bike Thief will step up the energy with upbeat tempos and rocking dynamic movements, followed by the dance party that will surely ensue once NTNT take the stage to close out the night. There isn’t a better way to kick off your weekend in town, come out experience some of the best music Portland has to offer. Doors open at 8, music starts at 8:30. ¡Viva la Deli!  


Interview with NTNT

NTNT has a sound that can be hard to define, simple yet complex, with something for the casual listener as well as the music critic. One of the most intriguing aspects of NTNT’s music is the lyrics and soul that goes into each song. Dustin Brown was kind enough to answer a few question for me in the midst of the chaos of working on a new EP. I had the pleasure of asking him a bit about the music he crafts, and the upcoming EP slated to debut later this year. Read the full interview here - Cory Huennekens



Interview with NTNT

- by Cory Huennekens

Lets start off by talking about the new EP you're working on. When did you decide you wanted to start making a new EP?


Dustin: I pretty much knew about halfway through writing the first album that there would be follow up. I’ve written about 50 or 60 songs/ideas since last June when "I'll find you in the colors" came out. One thing I'm really happy about with this upcoming EP is the amount of time and attention to detail each song is getting. 
What is the driving force behind the songs, the motivation behind the words and music if you will?
Dustin: The human condition and all of the overwhelmingly large feelings that come as a result of it.  Birth, death, joy, sadness, lust, love. Family and friends and their lives. We all feel a need to express and to be understood. Music is simply our way of doing that.
As a songwriter, what is the raw material you use as inspiration to write?  
Dustin: Some times I have no fucking clue.  I'll just start hearing a song in my head and sometimes I don't even realize it hasn't been written into existence yet. That said I'm inspired and deeply moved by great movies, conversations win friends, family... Oh and wine - I use wine.
In what ways would you say this EP is different than the last one you released? 
Dustin: It's darker. The last record had an overall message about life. I wanted to inspire my self and others to live a full life. To never give up if you really believe in something, to love one another... This record is a bit more my own. I sing about some things I probably wouldn't talk about. It's an overall story, I think, about a healing process. Musically it's matured a lot. I've been at it for longer, I've honed my craft some. I'm able to create sounds that I hear intuitively more rapidly without having to sit there and fuck with a synth for an hour and end up losing the idea. 
Can you tell me a bit about any particular difficulties or hurdles you encountered or had to overcome with the new EP?
Dustin: Yeah, I changed writing environments ( houses lol ) midway through and changed drummers as well. Both of which were a good decision but very stressful. The most challenging part was the mix. I wanted to do the mix myself because It's so integral to the way it is interpreted by the listener, yet I wanted something professional quality as well. I had to grow a lot as an engineer in order to accomplish what I wanted.
Do you have a track of the new album you're especially fond of, and if so why?  
Dustin: I'm fond of all of them. I chose these five out of so many other ideas. I wanted to pick songs that were all amazing. It's cliche but the term "all killer no filler" was on my mind the whole time. We have this song called "getchya so good" on there though that I am particularly proud of. The chorus is bold and yet so feel good at the same time. I love it.
NTNT is a rising star on the Portland music scene, what would you like your fans to know about your music?
Dustin: Thank you! I think the fans know the music fairly well, but if there was one thing I would say to them it would be thank you for everything and that our lives and music is both fueled and enriched by them. 
You can find NTNT on Facebook as well as Bandcamp, make sure to keep an eye out for their upcoming release!





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