We had the chance to interview the raising pop-rock singer and songwriter who has been winning the heart of millions over the years and next stopped to amazed her fans.
1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Neomi– I don’t think there was one specific moment that made me realize that I wanted to do music, it was always something I intrinsically knew as a kid. I always loved music and performing and so having a career in music was always my goal from day one. As a young kid, I went into music, singing, dancing lessons, etc. (really anything that would allow me to perform haha). I started performing wherever I could and then when I was 12 or 13 I started writing my own music. Fast forward a couple of years later, I started releasing my own music and I got together with my band and started doing live performances with them and really building my music career from the ground up.
2. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Neomi- Something interesting that actually happened in the last year is I had been planning for my first big headlining show for my album launch in Montreal at Petit Campus and we actually did the show a little less than a week before lockdown started in Montreal. Immediately after, the quarantine started here. It’s crazy to think back and see how we squeezed that last show in right before everything changed.
3. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Neomi– I had this one moment when I first started performing as a young kid where I went onstage and I entirely forgot the lyrics to the song I was about to sing; I had been practicing this song for months haha. That was a really defining point for me. I decided instead of being freaked out and running offstage or being upset about it to turn to the audience and crack a joke about how I forgot the lyrics. That helped me not be as nervous about performing and potentially messing up onstage in the future. It also taught me that a moment is only as embarrassing as you allow it to be.
4. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Neomi– Right now I’m writing a couple of songs with my band! We’re going in a more pop-rock direction so I’m very excited to put those songs out. We also have a really cool music video that’s gonna be released alongside one of those songs so I’m really excited to release that! Other than that, I’m working with an amazing EDM producer, Shallow, on a track right now. I’m a huge fan of EDM so I’m really excited to get that out.
5. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
Neomi– I’ve been fortunate enough to have met a lot of really cool people in music. An especially interesting person I’ve met is the producer I’m working with right now, Jesse Zito from True Sonix Studio. He takes a very interesting approach to create music by studying what’s really popular right now and why it’s popular. I’ve never seen music dissected that way so I thought that was really cool. Our sessions together are always filled with ideas on how to bring my tracks to the next level and how to take what is working in popular music and use it in my songs to give them that modern feel while still remaining true to my unique sound.
6. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Neomi– I think the number one thing I would tell people in music is to not feel like you have to put out perfect music, perfect content, or perfect anything really. I feel like if you go into creating your music or even posting on social media which is a huge part of being an independent artist, with the mindset of having to be perfect, you’re never going to truly enjoy what you’re doing and it’ll just be a stressful experience. I think when creating music and building your brand, you have to go into it with a mindset of “I’m not a perfect being and that’s okay. Nobody wants perfect, they want real.” If you’re having fun with what I’m doing, I think that’ll translate to your listeners and help you guys connect
7. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?
Neomi– That’s a great question. I definitely do feel the fear of failure as well, I think that’s a factor for every artist. I think the number one thing you have to ask yourself before starting is: “Am I more scared of failure or am I more scared of never trying and never knowing?” Another thing I would say to aspiring artists is to channel that fear of failure into motivation and use it as something to push yourself to work that much harder.
8. Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.
Neomi– One thing I like to do is yoga every single day. I put my phone and all my electronics away during that time and really just focus on being present in the moment. After yoga, I also like to meditate for 15 – 30 minutes depending on the day. Those two things really put me in the right mindset. I also think that taking one day of the week “off” (as much as you can) is important. For a couple of months, I would work 7 days a week and wouldn’t let myself rest much. Now, I take this rest day on Sundays to recharge myself for the week ahead and I’ve found both my productivity levels for the rest of the week and my mental headspace have improved drastically.
9. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1: Is just starting. When I was younger I really wanted everything I put out to be perfect when it came to music or anything I would post online; that delayed my start in my music career. I had songs that I held onto for years because I wasn’t sure if they were “ready”. With music, I found out that there’s never a perfect place to start, you just have to take the plunge; once you start, you’re always gonna be learning as you go and getting better as you go, but you have to start first.
2: Is to collaborate with other writers. I feel like when you write by yourself, you may find that you have a very distinct writing style and structure, which isn’t a bad thing but to grow as a writer, it’s important to experiment with how you write, and one great way to experiment is to write with others. Collaborating with other people can really open you up to a whole new world of ideas and ways of writing music and will (hopefully) inspire you.
3: Is to not be afraid to reach out to people. You never know until you ask so use your contacts, use contacts you don’t have yet, research things, reach out to people, cold call, cold email, go out and as Nike would say, just do it.
4: This is concerning live performances. I used to be an introvert when I was a kid so I would be really nervous to go out and do live performances. I wish someone had told me back then that most people in the crowd want to like you. As a kid, I would get onstage and assume everyone was judging me, and if I mess up they’re gonna think XYZ about me, and most of the time, these thoughts aren’t reflective of reality.
5: Is don’t compare yourself to other artists. In the music world, there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” in terms of how to build a career, so comparing where you’re at to where someone else won’t be helpful to you.
10. Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Neomi– My favorite life lesson quote is “Other people’s actions towards you are not reflective of who you are as a person but who they are as a person”. As an artist, you’re performing in front of people all the time and you have to learn how to not take things personally, for your peace of mind. Everyone’s human, people have bad days, it’s 99% of the time not about you, so don’t take it personally.
11. None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Neomi– There’re so many people that I’m so grateful to have helped me along the way. I have to give a special shout-out to my amazing, supportive parents here though. They have been behind my dream 100% since I first started and I’m eternally grateful for them.
12. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Neomi– This might sound super corny but I’d love to start a movement of just people being super kind to others, being patient with others, and trying to be as understanding as possible. I think a little goes a long way in that department.
13. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
Neomi– I would absolutely love to have a private lunch/dinner with Maggie Lindemann, an artist I love. She’s super cool and has amazing music. She transitioned from making pop music to more pop-rock music recently so I’d love to pick her brain about that since I’m doing a similar thing in my music.
14 How can our readers follow you online?
Neomi– You guys can find me on all social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube) with the username @thisisneomi and you can find my music on all streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple Music, under my artist name: Neomi. Thank you so much for this interview Jessica and thank you for taking the time to read it guys! Looking forward to connecting with you all 🙂