Get to Know: Nouveau Arcade
Project: Nouveau Arcade
Names: Kevin & Len
• Joined FiXT: 2021
Where did you Grow Up?
Kevin: I was born in upstate NY, and I’ve lived in AZ and OR, but I’d say I grew up in Olympia, WA, sixty-ish miles from downtown Seattle. I spent many moments enjoying the record stores, hanging with friends, and being home on 15 acres of land. Loved catching as many shows as I could—lots of good memories there. So even though I’ve started new chapters in my life, it’ll always be home in my heart.
Len: WA State
Kevin: Seattle, WA
Len: Logic Pro X
Kev: Logic Pro X for recording, and MainStage 3 for live
Hardware or Software?
Len: I use mostly software because the workflow allows me to get my ideas off the table and work faster.
Kev: I love to use hardware for official recordings because there are so many unique characteristics and imperfections that sound great to me. Unfortunately, all the hardware synths I tend to gravitate to are vintage and crazy expensive. I’ve never really been financially secure enough to own an arsenal of hardware synths, so instead, I use a lot of emulation software synths from Arturia. The software works out well for replicating synth patches live without having to bring 20 different synths on stage with me. I have a few friends who have unique hardware synths, and we’ve talked about me sending some reference midi/audio tracks for them to re-track with their different synths for future songs.
Len: Business owner
Kevin: Healthcare worker/work with kids with disabilities
Interesting Fact About Something You Do or Have Done that is non-music related:
Len: I live on a farm with horses and chickens, and I like to do carvings with my chainsaw.
Len: Bjork is my fav artist. She’s so unique and creative that working with her would probably challenge me to be a better artist on multiple levels.
Kevin: Martin Gore/Depeche Mode, TR/Nine Inch Nails, or Robert Smith/The Cure
Favorite Thing To Collect:
Kevin: The only items i collect are memorabilia like CDs, Vinyl, and autographs from artists/musicians that have impacted my life.
Favorite Sport or Sports Team:
Kevin: Football (Seahawks & Bills) & Basketball (Bring the Sonics back!)
Favorite Video Game:
Len: It’s a tie between Skyrim and Fallout
Kevin: Mario Bros. 3, TMNT: Turtles in Time, Batman Arkham series
A Non-Music related Hobby:
Len: Downhill mountain biking, Snowboarding, & kayaking
Kevin: Totally related to music, but I spend a lot of time directing/editing Music Videos
What have you enjoyed most about working with FiXT?
Len: Kevin and I have been thrilled with our experience working with FiXT. But, it’s not just about us. There’s an entire family/community of great people and talented artists here. We feel that the entire team at FiXT has this same feeling, and we all want to rise together and achieve the same success. In addition, there’s a style of music on this label that’s worth grabbing onto. We feel as if we are not judged for our creativity. We know that we’re pushing multi-genre boundaries, and they are accepting as we’re trying to express ourselves. We are emotionally immersive when we approach music, and as an artist, this is very exciting because it allows us to express whatever were feeling.
Kevin: It’s been great to connect with other like-minded people with similar passions for art. We’ve already collaborated with artists: Fury Weekend, Signal Void, Cassetter, The Anix, Void Chapter, + others. The great thing about being a part of FiXT is that staff genuinely care and make a solid effort to help us whenever we need assistance. They also encourage us to be self-efficient and provide us with tools to learn about many aspects of the music industry. Having a great network of information and people who believe in you helps us continue to create art. This is a really good home for us.