How did the band “Nowhere To Be Found” started? Please, tell us your story in few sentences.
NTBF was formally created in 2018 but some of us have been playing together for years now. Myself (Tiago), Manel (bass) and Migalhas (drums) use to have a power trio called ‘insch’ and at some point we felt we needed some more fire power and invited Quintais (lead guitar) to join us… and we created a whole new thing, with a heavier sound. We’re actually friends from high school.
Which bands or artists have influenced you through the years and how did they affect your music progress?
Well that’s probably one of the hardest questions to answer cause we listen to a lot of different stuff, among ourselves. Quintais is a metalhead, Manel is the indie guy, Migalhas is super into ska and pop and me, I’m the grunge-numetal flavor. We try and bring all these scents together. We do have some common references, Bring Me The Horizon being probably the strongest one.
The band was called “Inch” some years ago and afterwards you changed it into “Nowhere To Be Found”. How did you take the decision to change it and why did you decide to name the band like that?
After recording the ‘Safe Haven’ album in ‘insch’ we decided to put everything on discussion. The sound, the band, the name, the members and very naturally we came to the decision to add a new band member and we would go on to make heavier sound. It just seemed natural. Nowhere To Be Found actually came from our last message while insch which was ‘insch are nowhere to be found’
How did you decide to go over rock, punk style to alternative metal, melodic metalcore, post-hardcore?
It really wasn’t a ‘decision’, it was more like a natural evolution. As I said earlier, we listen to a lot of different stuff and we get influenced by different bands, along the way… we came to the conclusion our sound was getting heavier with time and decided to go along with it and assume a heavier version of ourselves. But it wasn’t like we all sat down and decided to go heavy, it rose from the creative process.
You took the decision to take separate paths from 2011 till 2013 because your front man moved to London. Within those two years, did you involve on solo projects? When you reunited did you incorporate your personal projects into your music as a band?
That’s an excellent question! During those two years the only one who continued playing was Manel, he joined a couple bands and did learn a lot and evolve but when we got together I think it was a clean start for everyone, from scratch. I think me and Migalhas actually went those two years without playing at all.
How your personal experiences affect your music and when do you feel more inspired to write music and lyrics?
Our music is our personal experiences, meaning, all we ever write is focused on what’s going on in our lives, we really do try and always make it very personal. We use music as therapy, we put our lives out there and that makes is so much more intense to play live. We do feel more inspired by sad and traumatic events, I guess no one gets super excited to write about that cool sandwich they had for lunch! [laughter]
On 2015 as “Inch” you were presented as the band of the year by the “Balcony Tv” and you won the award of “Band of the Year”. Also, “New in Town” listed you as one unknown artist you should start listening right now. How did this sudden attention and fame affected you and how did you deal with it?
Well we could try and be cool and say it didin’t meant anything and we don’t really connect to awards and stuff but the truth is we felt really honored and happy. For a small, starting, independent band, getting that kind of recognition is super motivating.
How was your co operation with Matty Mullins and Emily Lazar and how did you meet them and decided to work together?
Being Europe-based, we never got to meet (in person) neither Emily nor Matty, unfortunately, we would love to though! The process was actually super clean and fast: we recorded the songs and felt they needed something else so we sent a couple e-mails for some of the voices we saw fit to add what the songs needed and fortunately Emily and Matty replied in no time and we got the chance to have them onboard. We feel super blessed for having them on our songs!
Which song from your album represents each one of you and why?
That’s a really hard question cause we always right them together… we jam until we feel we are getting somewhere and we discuss where we want to go, every step. It’s never the ‘hey look at this song I wrote’ process, it’s always ‘well, let’s make a banger, any ideas?’. Even lyrics, they speak about everyone’s episodes.
How did you meet the Swedish producer Henrik Udd and the Grammy Award winner Ted Jensen and how did your cooperation come up?
We met Henrik through Wilson Silva, drummer for More Than A Thousand, which is also a super producer himself and we immediately felt a connection. We asked Henrik to come to Portugal to record with us and luckily enough, he had no better plans for those weeks! [laughter] Wilson also introduced us to Ted, I think through an American friend of his, and the rest is history. We got lucky enough they even considered working with us, we never thought it could happen, to this small independent band from a non-english speaking country.
With which bands or artists would you like to cooperate in the future?
We would LOVE to cooperate with Bring Me The Horizon or Architects, we love them soooo much. We also love Of Mice And Men, would be great to do something with them. But we like to to different stuff, we wouldn’t mind doing something with Ghostemane or other artists from other genres. Let’s make it happen!
How do you visualize your band’s future in five years from now? What goals would you like to achieve?
In five years from now we would like to be a top band within our genre and play the major festivals year-round. But that’s really not an obsession, the most important thing is to keep doing music we connect to. The rest is up to the fans.
Are you planning to go on tour? Which are your plans for this year?
Yes, we are currently planning the 2020 tour, we hope to do a European tour and who knows, maybe a couple American shows. Let’s see!
Thank you very much for being with us. It was a pleasure to have you at MusikHolics.
Thank you guys. Super cool questions, not the usual sappy ones, really cool of you!
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