Today we are highlighting one of our very active Loot Crate Community Members, NvMe! NvMe is an avid anime fan and musician, who is always active on socials and amazing to chat with!
LC: Two things that always stand out to us here at Loot Crate is your music and your love for anime! Tell us a little bit about your music and your influences!
NvMe: My music is heavily influenced by anime! Emotions are something I find super interesting and powerful. This is why most of my songs are sad or deal with relationships. Where do I get the ideas and influence for my type of music? You guessed it, anime. I have always been introverted, especially when it comes to relationships and things like that. I’ve been a lone wolf for most of my life, missing the chance to experience a lot of things the few friends I have always claimed to enjoy within relationships. Watching Romcom / Slice of Life / and related anime always help me get a little idea of that side of things. The emotions I get from watching are then used as an emotion I wish to describe or convey in a song.
LC: What are some of your favorite anime?
NvMe: This question is so hard because I have honestly only seen one anime that I got fed up with so much that I couldn’t finish, but the rest hold special places for me. They hold no particular order outside my top 3 which are as follows:
- Arifureta: From Common Place To Worlds Strongest
- Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai (and the movie)
- Mirai Nikki – Future Diary.
Some others that i really enjoyed – No particular order
- Plastic Memories
- Battle Game In Five Seconds
- Domestic Girlfriend
- Attack On Titan
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Your Lie In April
- Darling In the Franxx
- 86 Eighty-Six
- Goblin Slayer
- Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World
- A Town Where You Live
- Akame Ga Kill
- Classroom Of The Elite
- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
And so many more that deserve to be on the list as well
LC: You’ve been a huge proponent of our anime crate lines, and that got us curious about your favorite items. Tell us about your favorite things you’ve gotten from some crates.
LootCrate is absolutely amazing! I have never been a huge follower of Marvel and DC stuff, but anime for sure, which is why I have tried my best to be a huge supporter of Loot Anime especially. I have a whole drawer at home filled with Loot Anime items, and I have kept my first 2 Crunchyroll crate boxes as a little keepsake. My favorite items are the Burn The Witch Scarf and the Trigun Glasses! I also got a World’s Best Takeover mug and a Frodo Baggins LOTR Mini Epic from the other lines as well which I think are super cool
LC: So you’ve released two albums this year, Dark Web of Emotion and Lies Last April. Tell us a little about your process in writing these albums.
NvMe: Lies Last April is probably my first ever project involving anime! There is so much within that album that references different anime and aspects within them, such as the name of the album which takes after the anime Your Lie In April, which is one of the most renowned anime dealing with emotion. That anime got me back into playing the piano, and I was never really fond of learning it when I first started! Before Covid hit, I wasn’t a fan of anime. In fact, I was the kinda person to say “anime is dumb, why would I ever watch a cartoon like that?” But then everything closed down, and me already being an introvert, didn’t have anything to put my time into or people to socialize with. On top of that, my family was in the process of moving, which was delayed due to the virus for 4 months (the building of our home). My PC was packed up in storage because my grandparents had no wifi, and we were staying with them for the time. This also meant I couldn’t record because they aren’t exactly supportive of me making music. Even though I don’t swear, and my topics don’t involve the R-rated things we may hear in mainstream music today, they still think it’s redundant. In all my boredness, loneliness, and depression, I watched my first anime (Mirai Nikki) which sparked my interest in anime and got me through the time of inactivity. Even though I couldn’t record, I had a huge urge to at least write songs (which described some of the emotions I felt when watching anime) and record them when I was able to after the total 6 months of the ordeal.
My most recent EP/Album (Dark Web Of Emotions) Is just another take on the emotions involving relationships, but with more emphasis on Hyperpop, a somewhat new scene to the music industry which I have found to be my home. The songs are layered to tell the story of a failing relationship. I have never been in a relationship, but I have experienced “heartbreak” as well as what it’s like to spend time with somebody you like. The EP starts with the emotions of Obsession. It has more of a happy tone to it. As the EP continues, the story within the songs starts showing emotions such as Jealousy / Envy, Anger, Confusion, Sadness. Each song shares the state of the current relationship which ends in a breakup at the very end. This was partially inspired by some of the anime I have seen where the relationship doesn’t end up working, or the “darkness before the light” parts within certain relationships.
LC: Before those two albums it was 2019 that you released your last album. Were you taking that down time to really hone your craft and develop the new albums?
NvMe: One could say that, yes! I was never really happy with my music around the time of my first album. The hard thing about the music industry is that you are going to be bad at it when you first start. You are going to get hate on every song you release along with the few comments that actually provide some constructive criticism and words of encouragement. Some artists like my favorite artist Glaive and my good friend Throwaway are just goated and were able to create amazing songs when they first started, but I drew the short end of the stick on that side of things. I did have some songs reach over 100k streams on spotify like my song Private Jet, as well as others that are on the verge of hitting 100k like vocal memoirs, reckless, and questions. But despite people even to this day enjoying those songs, that time was a period of me learning. As you had mentioned, I was “Honing my craft” back then so that I could hopefully be at a point I was happy with in the future.
LC: Anime is known for its banger soundtracks. What are some of your favorite soundtracks?
NvMe: Anime soundtracks are some of my favorite music ever! There is nothing like the feeling of starting an anime and not wanting to skip the intro because the music is so good. I even have an app called “anime music” that is like soundcloud or spotify, but only includes music from anime titles. You can even let the app gather information and request songs based on the anime you have watched! (Only if you trust the app of course).
Some of my favorite soundtracks are:
Tokyo Ghoul –
People In The Box / Seijatachi
Your Lie In April –
Springs Melody (Makes me tear up every time xD)
Okay let’s be honest, every soundtrack in this anime is insanely good.
Darling In The Franxx –
Kiss Of Death / Mika Nakashima
Arifureta: From Common Place To Worlds Strongest –
Flare / Void_Chords Feat.LIO
LC: If you could remix any anime tracks, what would they be?
NvMe: I would love to remix more tracks for sure! The only one I have remixed so far is “Flare” which is on my Lies Last April album under “Dream world”. I would Like to remix any of the above tracks as well! Especially ones that include Japanese vocalists. I have only one song that features a Japanese vocalist (Don’t Let Me Go) , and I honestly can’t wait to make more.