Noah Lennox is the face behind Panda Bear, and also a member/founder of the band Animal Collective. Noah talked to The Corner Type on the beginnings of Panda Bear and how it came to be what it is today!
Noah grew up with a piano. He said, “I would mess around on it and began studying when I was young, though I wouldn’t study seriously for very long.” He continued, “Later on, we had a synth in the house, a korg 0/1, and I would make sequences on that.” Noah has “always enjoyed picking up new instruments or devices to see what kinds of sounds [he] can get out of them.”
When thinking of the name Panda Bear, your first thought is probably of a cute black and white cuddly bear, but somehow, Noah has managed to make the meaning of Panda Bear something totally different, and it works. He said, “My memories of the name are a little foggy, but I do remember drawing pandas on the covers of mixtapes I would make and just sat with the name after that.”
Panda Bear’s most recent album release was in 2015. Noah said, “I’ve been making some stuff the past year or so but have only really begun working intensively the past couple of months.” He told us that he is hoping to release something new this year.
Writing music is a very creative process, and this creativity usually is backed by some inspiration. Noah said, “Inspiration can come from any place really.” He continued, “The stuff is typically composited moments of insight and inspiration, chipped away at.”
Obviously all of Noah’s songs are important to him, but he said, “I’m most attached to whatever’s most recent and I should say I don’t often listen to older things.” He told us that he likes “to cling to the forward momentum if [he] can.”
Can you imagine performing on Governor’s Island? Well Panda Bear got to and Noah told us that this is one of his most memorable live performances. He said, “We took ferries over pre and post show and had the city skyline in view.”
As for touring, Noah hopes to “get out towards the end of this year.” He told us that he might be around Nashville in 2018!
Noah’s favorite part about being a musician is writing and producing. He said, “Being with the thing from its earliest idea or its first moments to its completion is a big kick for me.” Noah said, “I enjoy making music and I’ve been incredibly lucky to produce it professionally.” He continued, “I didn’t have grand ambitions and figured I’d just do it as long as I could. Happy to say I’m still able to make music for a living.”
When Noah isn’t playing music, he likes to game. He also told us that he enjoys sports, “both participating and straight ahead fandom.”
Panda Bear’s music is very unique, like nothing you’ve ever heard. After hearing it for the first time, you won’t be able to take it off of your playlist.
Be sure to follow him on Twitter @pandabear to stay up to date with new releases and his tour schedule!
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