“I Am Noah and I’m tired. I’m tired of people who distinguish themselves with their income, uniform, skincolour, religion, gender or nationality to affect everything and everyone. I’m tired of being closely watched. I’m tired of living in a society, which dictates who to be or not. I’m tired of facing people’s failure in their attempt of making life better, whilst being deported and called illegal or haunted just because of their religion. I’m tired.. I’m done. I just wanna abscond from this routine. Who’s in? I Am Noah. Who are you?” – I am Noah
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
We all started playing an instrument when we were kids and music was and still is a very big part of our life. We never wanted to make music just for our own but have dreamt of being in a band, writing music together and play a lot of show from early on.
We are very proud of everything we achieved with I Am Noah so far but, however, we are still at the beginning and surely have a lot of great plans for the future.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
We once played a show in Luxembourg where our MacBook with all the samples and stuff collapsed as we had just started the intro. It was really totally dead and could not be rebooted. We were not prepared for such a situation, so we had to play without samples and click. It was really an embarrassing situation but we’ve learned a lot from this incident.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
A really good thing is that we’re always meeting pretty cool people who share the same values and ideas as we do. It is great that we really get to know a lot of awesome bands with whom we get along very well and always really looking forward to meet them at concerts. The solidarity among many bands is incredible. Another good thing is the positive feedback we get from fans at the merch table.
In our opinion the superficiality in the scene is not so good. Often it is not about being a community but rather about being the coolest kid at the concert. This is rather questionable in a scene that actually stands for tolerance. Sometimes it seems to us that, unfortunately, making and listening to music is not that important anymore.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
Noah is a fictive person that reflects all our feelings, opinions, positions. On our record “The Verdict” Noah questions the barriers and obstacles of our everyday life to which we apparently obviously resign ourselves to. News about terrorist attacks, sunken refugee boats and terrible environmental offenses reach us every day. Furthermore, there are more and more idiots who think in all seriousness, that people can be illegal and want to take away something from us. Do we really want to accept that without comment? I Am Noah is our way to address things and share our emotions.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
René: I got into the metal scene through bands like Linkin Park and Iron Maiden. Bands like Trivium, As I lay dying and Killswitch Engage got me into metalcore. My parents didn’t mind that I listen to metal but they will certainty never understand what the hell I love about that music.
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
So far we mostly had luck and came out unscathed from most situations.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Everything is in the eye of the beholder. Music is always a matter of taste and you should take every band seriously who wants to make music ambitiously and not just tear them apart immediately. You should always bear in mind how much passion and time is behind it. Bands are in a continuous process and should not be labelled directly after the first song you maybe do not like. An album should always be viewed in its overall concept (lyrics, music, artwork etc.).
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
We are doing this full-time since 1995, because we are making a whole lot of money with it. When there is time left, Sören is working hard on his handicap and Tim is a passionate koi breeder. Marius has a huge collection of little ponies which he gradually sells to Dubai. René invests all his money in new cool and trendy start-up companies to give young people a chance in life. Daniel collects ants and builds incubators for them. Then he mingles the different ant species and watches as they either fight each other or likewise build a new civilization together.
Apart from that, we are collecting yachts.
Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently?
- Love A – Jagd und Hund
- Architects – The here and now
- Alexisonfire – Old Crows/Young Cardinals
- Architects – Daybreaker
- As I lay dying – Powerless rise
- Thy art is murder – Holy war
- Thy art is murder – Hate
- Prinz Pi – Kompass ohne Norden
- Architects – All of them!
- O´brother – Endless light
- Deftones – White Poney
- As I lay dying – Shadows are security
- This or the apocalypse – haunt whats left
- Architects – Hollow crown
- As I lay dying – An ocean between us