Toronto-born MorMor, or Seth Nyquist to those who know him, is one of the most exciting new sounds coming from the city. He’s found his own niche between genres, drawing on pop, Indie and R&B elements. His music is rich with unexpected and experimental sounds – track “Heaven’s Only Wishful” is even punctuated with a shrill scream thirty seconds in.
“Heaven’s Only Wishful” is also the title of his debut EP, which was released last week. The project is entirely his own; MorMor writes the lyrics and music, produces the tracks and puts them out through his own record label “Don’t Guess”.
We’re pinning MorMor’s EP as a contender for the best music from Toronto since Drake’s More Life? We had a chat with him about his city, being a self-starter and what’s to come.
Left image courtesy of Timothy Saccenti.
Starting from the beginning – you were born and raised in Toronto. How has growing up there influenced your music?
I feel like it been a good introduction to different cultures – people from around the world settle in the city.
There’s been a lot of artistic talent coming out of the city in recent years; have any of them directly influenced your work?
I’ve always looked inwards for inspiration, but I do appreciate the artists in my community. There are also a lot of artists outside the medium of music that inspire me.
You’ve spoken a bit about wanting to showcase parts of Toronto that haven’t been represented in music before. What about the city do you want to convey?
I just wanted to show the beauty in everyday life, the simplicity. For instance, in the Heaven’s Only Wishful video it was important to make it feel like it could be anywhere.
Your debut EP “Heaven’s Only Wishful” came out last week – congratulations! How would you describe its sound? Your music seems to draw on different genres and transcend the boundaries of any specific one.
I just did things the way I felt them. I’ve never been someone who thinks about genre in music, I feel like its a dated ideology.
You’re a singer, songwriter, musician and producer – is it important to you to have input in all aspects of creating your tracks?
I’ve learned that I need to participate in every part of the creative process, although collaboration plays an important role.
Do you also take the lead on the visual aspects of being an artist, such as your music videos and EP artwork?
Every project is different, but I do love to collaborate with my friends in Toronto. There are many talented emerging creatives in the community.
We read that the video for your latest song “Waiting on the Warmth” was shot in one take. It comes across as very real and unmanufactured – would you say these things are part of who you want to be as an artist?
You’re releasing the album through your own record label “Don’t Guess”. Why did you decide to set it up?
Don’t Guess was started as a way to self-release my music.
What would you look for in other artists who might want to work with the label?
It is intended to be a platform for experimentation and free thought, and could also be for artists outside of all mediums.
Looking to the future, will you be working on an album next?
There well be more music soon.
And finally, what are you looking forward to over the Summer?
Writing and recording more music.