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Nouela is a multi-instrumentalist/singer from Seattle.

Born to Norwegian and Korean parents, Nouela Johnston spent the first 11 years of her life living in Korea and learning to love music.

In her own words: “My parents were both music professors when I was growing up. My mom has a doctorate from Juilliard, my dad has a PhD in composition from Princeton. They were both such hardcore musicians who spent their entire lives practicing, they essentially decided they didn’t want that for their children. They raised me in a musical vacuum. I really didn’t have too much to listen to in the house other than my mother’s classical playing/practicing and my father’s records, which were the Beach Boys, Pet Shop Boys, Beatles, Kraftwerk, Monk, Mingus, and some Weird Al Yankovic.”

Emerging from this distinctive musical climate, Nouela performed her first piano recital at the age of 4. At 11 she moved to Seattle and immediately joined her school’s jazz band.”I wanted to learn how to play everything. I took guitar and flute lessons, then branched to clarinet, saxophone, jazz piano, and bass. In high school I started playing shows in jazz combos for money, and started fucking around on drums. I really just wanted to learn the bembe beat for drum set because a clinic teacher said it was the hardest beat he’s ever learned. The main line to the bembe is in ‘Doubts.’


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  • gozdemglr

    i cant listen Regrets song :( whyy?

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Connoro

    Discovered Nouela through the now-defunct People Eating People, and I'm very glad I did - extremely talented singer and pianist, and her music's a delight. Looking forward to her next album!

    2 Feb 2013 Reply

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