The Noshows are a band like no other, based out of New York City and led by the talented producer and composer Max Satow.
Their music is a delightful blend of hip-hop, pop, funk, jazz, and alternative rock, with each song smoothly transitioning between genres. What sets them apart is their unique approach to songwriting and their ability to capture the internal turmoil and psychology of the human mind.
Initially, Noshows was a one-man show until February 2022, when the band expanded to include a full lineup. Since then, their performances have taken on a whole new life, gaining them a large following of loyal fans and the attention of some of New York City’s most prestigious venues, such as Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, and Baby’s All Right. Additionally, they were featured in the long-awaited return of the Pleasantville Music Festival.
At a Noshows concert, anything is possible. They may start with swelling psychedelic rhythms, and within moments, switch to urgent, hard-hitting indie rock. Their performances are truly unpredictable and unforgettable experiences.
The band’s name reflects the message of their songs, which deals with the unseen, internal turmoil and psychology of the human mind. Their music aims to unite people through a shared understanding of the world and a better understanding of how complicated the human mind is.
Satow’s approach to songwriting is inspired by the idea that “knowing ourselves is the first step towards understanding others” and draws on personal experiences that are presented in a universal way.
What would you say is your greatest strength as an artist?
Definitely is a multi-instrumentalist and has extensive knowledge of production.
What is your creative process when making music?
Usually, I’ll start by just writing out my thoughts and then try to find cool phrases or an overall vibe of what I’m feeling. After that, I try to create an instrumental melody that reflects that energy.
I tend to start my instrumentals with drums a lot of the time because they create a lot of the momentum of the track. From that point onwards the creative process differs heavily from track to track. I like to try and approach each track differently to get different results.
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I’ve been making music for about 10 years now! What really got me into it was boredom and dissatisfaction with playing covers with my band. I instantly fell in love with it as soon as I tried it and couldn’t stop writing!
What is the biggest challenge you have overcome as a band/artist so far?
Dealing with my anxiety on stage was easily one of my biggest challenges as an artist. I would freeze up a lot especially when the song ended and the time came for me to talk to the crowd. What really helped me overcome that was a mixture of playing tons and tons of shows as well as watching other frontmen perform and analyzing how they move on stage, how they talk etc. Eventually, it all became second nature.
What streaming sites do you think offer the most value to a band?
Probably Bandcamp. Spotify doesn’t necessarily provide the best returns for streams.
How do you think social media or the internet has affected the music scene in your country?
It’s definitely given a lot more power to the artist. You can easily brand yourself and build an audience without the help of a label. But with power comes great responsibility it’s not easy to take on all of that yourself.
What are your friends and parents thoughts on your career?
They seem to believe in me, my songs and my band. They’ve all been nothing but supportive.
What does your current song mean to you?
To me, it’s a song about indulging in the party life, but also a reminder that you can’t let it become your life.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
I love all of y’all! This has been a long journey which is nowhere near over, and I couldn’t have gotten to where I’m at now without your support.
In conclusion, The Noshows are a talented and innovative band that has taken the New York music scene by storm. Their unique blend of genres, exceptional songwriting, and unpredictable performances make them one of the most exciting acts to watch.
We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the future.