Exclusive: Rapid-Fire Round with Nosaj Thing

Nosaj Thing is one of those musicians that make you want to hear more the second you first hear them. Based in Los Angeles, Nosaj (aka Jason Chung) has been making music for a long long time, and aside from releasing two albums and one EP, he has also produced for some big time names, like Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi. Currently Nosaj is touring the U.S. in preparation for the release of his new album Fated, so Milk Made’s Ana Velasco talked to the DJ about films, lies, and his newest single. Here’s our rapid-fire round.

Tell us a little backstory. How did you become Nosaj Thing?

I just made music since I was was 13 and started by self releasing.

Your music is an obvious cocktail of influences. How do combine references to create something entirely new?

I don’t really think about it…I just like to make sketches everyday.

You’ve produced for so many notable acts like Kendrick, Chance the Rapper, and Kid Cudi. How does producing for others differ from producing for yourself?

It’s a different mentality. I would listen to their back catalog for hours, then start working on some ideas.

You just released ‘Don’t Mind Me’ with Whoarei. Can you tell us about it?

A good friend of mine sent me Whoarei’s music and I had to reach out. His sound is so effortless…after I sent him the initial idea, he recorded the vocals with his phone and flipped his own voice. We’re putting out his album later this year.

If you could have made the music for any film which one would it be?


Describe the upcoming album in three words.

Escapism, subtraction, time.

What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you on this current tour?

It’s been a blur I don’t remember anything.

Why do you place such an emphasis on visuals when playing live?

I wouldn’t want to watch anyone on stage with just a bunch of equipment…not that interesting…I want to be immersed in animation and color.

What’s your go to karaoke song and why?

Skeeter DavisThe End of the World. Not sure why but my mom used to sing it a lot.

What’s the best lie you’ve ever told?

This interview.

Photography by Tim Saccenti

Fated will be released on May 5th

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