Nick Storm’s music is a retelling of actual events that fight every genre and feel almost intuitive. As a self-described passive observer of our community’s interactions, he works to record and retell the stories of an average gay man’s life while still asserting himself as “not another Lambert.” It is interesting to hear his journey to separate himself from being defined by his sexuality. Storm and I met to talk about his observations of all things gay, as well as his incredible EP.
I was interested to hear when his taste for the lyrical world came about. He tried to piece together when the exact moment came when he realized his true passion.
The [instruments] didn’t come on until I was in high school. I decided to start teaching myself how to play piano and guitar. Yet, even before that I was songwriting.
It was a great way to express myself, and my number-one obsession was music. It was my creative outlet. I was into art but music was there before the actual crafts and painting. I just always had a knack for it. I don’t know where that came from because my parents are not talented. It’s like not getting a vitamin that you need; music was something I had to do to survive.
Storm’s EP plays with a lot of different subjects and styles of sound, so I asked him what he was trying to get across.
I wanted to make a good first introduction album. The stuff I made in high school wasn’t going to count. When we went in, some of the songs were about relationships three years before that, and others I wrote a month before we went to the studio. I do write a lot about relationships but I didn’t want that to be the main thing on the record.
My favourite song on the EP, and the song that first had me hooked on Storm’s sound is “Dollar Bills.” It has a natural candour that makes it feel as if it is merely a conversation between old lovers rather then a self-indulgent tale about an ex. When I asked him what first inspired the piece he answered quite simply.
It started out as a very simple idea. One day I was just paying for something and when I reached in my pocket I pulled out some dollar bills. I was thinking about how everything is a swipe but it felt really good to have crumpled up dollar bills in my jeans. I turned that into buying someone’s love with my money. There are also lines about my relationship with my father and DC, so there are four different subjects intertwined in that song.
Maybe it sounds stuck up but it feels like people don’t really see you for what you are at first, but maybe you will love me when I am on TV. It wasn’t about one relationship, it’s about all of my relationships with guys. I just hope they will come crawling back. But if a song ever became a big single I would never tell [my exes.]. I don’t want to give them that satisfaction.
I don’t feel that I really fit in to it. I go out and I have so many gay friends. [However], In high school there were two people that were out and I couldn’t relate to them. When I moved to the city I started going to parties and I liked it. I definitely have learned how the game works. It’s more the cliques that get to me. But it’s not so white and black; there are always grey areas.
That being said, it doesn’t matter how much you go out or if you’re talking shit or if you’re hooking up with everyone. I still go out and dance to Ke$ha and get drunk.
I think that if I wasn’t a musician I would be a therapist. I love analyzing people. Some nights I will even go out and not drink and just observe people and then go home and write a song about it. I like to think that I have a little more up my sleeve, [but] it’s good inspiration to write about.
I myself am a gay man but my music is not a gay man. A lot of my fans are from all walks of life. It started as me in my room by myself with an acoustic guitar. Being gay is who you are, but when you make it your identity that’s when you go overboard. It’s not all of who I am; there is so much more.
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