Prior to releasing any music, nodisco. (Chris Toufexis) was often brought up in conversation about how his music was striking and special. One friend described him as ‘musically talented from a young age.’
I believed it. I vividly remember hearing one of nodisco.’s songs played on the piano at a get-together. I was singing along to a song I had never heard before. How was this possible? He’s clearly an ingenious songwriter, I remember thinking.
It makes sense though. Let’s back up. nodisco.’s talents presented him with opportunities to be the next Morrissey or Max Martin; however, the Toronto-based artist was unsure which route to take. After quietly and patiently working away with other musicians in his city as well as being chosen to attend an exclusive songwriting camp with R&B producer/songwriter Babyface, he’s evidently warmed up to the idea of being both a remarkable songwriter and a future household name in pop music.
“I felt like giving up, since I had no prospective opportunities in the music world, no band members, no connections.”
Fast forward to today. nodisco. has finally made his official mark with his ‘anxiety-driven, pop-infused’ single, “Thoughts From Your Car”. The track credits industry heavyweights Mike Brandolino (VALLEY, Conan Gray, Lulu Simon) and MILANO for writing & production in addition to mixing by Chris Zane (Passion Pit, St. Lucia), and mastering by Joe LaPorta (Shawn Mendes, David Bowie). Not bad for a debut single.
“It’s a song about feeling lost, about not knowing what you’re doing with your life; but that’s fine. You’ll find your way. I did.”
From 80s-esque keys and percussion to sounds akin to early 2000s pop rock, nodisco. amalgamates decades-worth of musical influence while injecting his own sense of novelty within. nodisco. has flipped pop music on its head to contain the seriousness often found in the lyrics of a singer-songwriter’s music while still including the playfulness we all love in a great pop cut. With such an eclectic taste in music, there’s no telling what this wunderkind has in store for future releases.
Until then, you can read the full story behind “Thoughts From Your Car” below.
“This song is lyrically, precisely the moment that I decided what to do with my life. I wrote it during a panic attack that my dear friend Mike Brandolino talked me through. It was during a day that I had a ton of older songs that I wanted to run past him, but none of them felt right. In that moment, I felt like giving up, since I had no prospective opportunities in the music world, no band members, no connections.
The demo was lo-fi, akin to older New Order or Joy Division. There were no vocals. Mike loved it, so we ran with it. I didn’t have lyrics, so the verses became a jangle pop anxiety freestyle. The second half of the second verse, though quickly, explores my re-occurring problems with health anxiety (“if you just believe me, you’ll see I’ve got sick in me”). It was important that the lyrics were honest and direct as possible. At the time, Morrissey was a big influence for me. I just love how on the nose he is with lyricism, I felt like I knew him personally. Much like Morrissey, I tend to write songs like a journal entry, so I thought that balancing direct lyrical honesty with pop-structure would be cool.
All and all, it’s a song about feeling lost, about not knowing what you’re doing with your life; but that’s fine. You’ll find your way. I did.”
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