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Noemie Wolfs: she’s car­ved out a space of her own and found her crea­ti­ve freedom

Noemie Wolfs talks future plans and empowering others.

The con­cept that a woman could be in com­ple­te con­trol of her public and pri­va­te iden­ti­ty in the glo­bal music indus­try is a recent one. Fier­ce per­forming fema­le artists have con­sist­ent­ly been ser­ving up vocal con­fi­dence which we’ve absor­bed and have even been libe­ra­ted by sin­ce music found its pre­fer­red mode of tran­sit over our radio’s, mp3’s and now online strea­ming. Des­pi­te this, the gen­der divi­de in the music indus­try across all regi­ons is rough­ly 70% male and 30% fema­le. As we find our­sel­ves more immer­sed in the pro­gress of fema­le per­for­ma­ti­ve expres­si­ons, empowe­ring women in the music indus­try is more important than ever before. 

Noemie Wolfs is an examp­le of such a neces­si­ty. Wolfs, pre­vious­ly the lead in an other­wi­se all male band sought to be a part of that 30% and con­fi­dent­ly push her own crea­ti­ve inte­rests and poten­ti­al out into the world. Per­forming for five years under their ico­nic name Hoo­ver­pho­nic, Noemie had alrea­dy made a name for herself with a dedi­ca­ted crowd of fans eager to sup­port her tran­si­ti­on to solo performer.

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Having had the pri­vi­le­ge of spea­king to Noemie on the­se mat­ters and more, we felt the weight of such a decisi­on. With this new found free­dom came a chan­ce for the young artist to explo­re her own rea­li­ty and step away from the con­struc­ted public per­so­na that can some­ti­mes stick to for­mer mem­bers of a band. Reco­gnis­ed as one of Bel­gi­um­’s most prai­sed young voices, she’s released tracks that depict this con­cept; the divi­de bet­ween public and pri­va­te, free­dom and ent­rap­ment. We got the chan­ce to dive into this with the crea­ti­ve power­house that is Noemie Wolfs, tal­king evo­lu­ti­on, femi­nism, her Bel­gi­an roots and thoughts on envi­ron­men­ta­lism today. 

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Sin­ce embar­king on your much anti­ci­pa­ted solo care­er, how do you feel you’­ve evol­ved, musi­cal­ly and per­so­nal­ly?

Over­all it comes from the best decisi­on I could ever have made, lea­ving Hoo­ver­pho­nic to start a solo care­er. It was­n’t an easy path, that much is true. But it feels good knowing I left my com­fort zone com­ple­te­ly, being in full con­trol of ever­ything from music, vide­os, and art­work. This pro­ject is 100 % me and that is the best fee­ling that the­re is. With every song, every album I made so far, my self-con­fi­dence kept gro­wing and gro­wing and it’s nice to see that my song­wri­ting skills con­ti­nue to evol­ve as well. I know I still have a lot to learn but I’m eager to learn it and I have the pos­si­bi­li­ty to work with the best peop­le in this business. 

Have you felt sup­por­ted by other women in the indus­try, or inspi­red by tho­se who have done the same? If so, who are some artists that have inspi­red you the most? Do you have any advice for young women loo­king to get into the music indus­try?

I think women can sup­port each other even more than we alrea­dy do. Women all over the world are step­ping up for equal rights and equal pay. I could­n’t be hap­pier with this evo­lu­ti­on but the­re is still a lot of work to be done. I’m inspi­red by a lot of artists, male and fema­le. From David Bowie to Grace Jones, Roi­sin Mur­phy, and even Tame Impa­la. The­re is so much good stuff out the­re, it’s cra­zy! If I can share one pie­ce of advice that always works for me, it is just belie­ving in yourself, even if no one else does. If you want to make it in this busi­ness you have to work hard, keep your feet on the ground and never stop drea­ming or believing! 

You’­re Bel­gi­an, do you feel your music or per­so­nal style pays homage to your heri­ta­ge in some way? Or would you like it to?

Not real­ly. I try to keep my mind and per­spec­ti­ve as open as pos­si­ble and I don’t want my music and my per­so­nal style to be one thing or ano­t­her. I find inspi­ra­ti­on in all kinds of things from old Con­go­le­se music to Eng­lish lite­ra­tu­re. May­be one thing that is kin­da Bel­gi­an is that my favo­ri­te fashion brands are Bel­gi­an: Y/​Project from Bel­gi­an desi­gner Glenn Mar­tens, Dries Van Noten en Mai­son Mar­gie­la. Bel­gi­ans do fashion better. 

Are you whe­re you want to be? What do you envi­si­on for your future as an artist?

I have so many dreams and so many goals still to achie­ve and I like that fee­ling. I like to set the bar real­ly high for mys­elf and for my team so that if we achie­ve some­thing, it’s a win for ever­yo­ne! I see my team as my fami­ly: we are all working towards the same goals tog­e­ther and we want to reach the best pos­si­ble result. The sky’s the limit!

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What role does sus­tainab­le living and con­scious fashion and style have in your life?

I try to do the best I can but the­re are still many impro­ve­ments to be made. It does play a role in my life but it doesn’t dic­ta­te me. My boy­friend is a vege­ta­ri­an and alt­hough I used to be the big­gest meat lover in town sin­ce we’ve been tog­e­ther, I’ve redu­ced my meat inta­ke to once a mon­th. He’s a gre­at cook and he makes me for­get about meat. I try to choo­se wise­ly while shop­ping for sta­ge loo­ks but some­ti­mes it hap­pens that I end up buy­ing a pie­ce at big-name stores which is not very sus­tainab­le at all. I think for me this com­bi­na­ti­on works: vin­ta­ge pie­ces from thrift stores com­bi­ned with high-end brands and fast fashion stores.

01 Sept. 2019 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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