Accomplished West Australian classical pianist/jazz drummer, NAM GEE, has just released his debut single, Out There.
A song that revolves around a theme of being the best ‘you’ that you can be, Out There showcases both the classical and jazz influences that have inspired him through life, as well as the more contemporary hip hop stylings that have motivated NAM GEE to create his own music.
“Out There was a message internalised in my mind telling me to do something more with my life,” Nam explains. “It was such a positive message that I wanted people to listen to it and be motivated to find the best versions of themselves.
“A lot of songs focus on sex, money and drugs nowadays. Writing about these topics did not really appeal to me at all, so I thought I’d write about something that would be more heartfelt and emotionally motivating.”
In a show of spirited creativity, however, Nam has left the ultimate meaning to the listener. Out There, as a song, is universally positive.
“There are many lyrics in this song that can be interpreted in their own way,” he says. “I’ve purposely left it open-ended so that anyone can listen to it and get something different each time.”
NAM GEE, who performs around Perth and records regularly, also runs a voluntary music program helping disadvantaged and at-risk Aboriginal youths learn piano and drums. It’s a full circle approach to what music has given him and a sentiment that is echoed in Out There, a song that runs a ride of musical and emotional valleys.
“I’d be ecstatic to know that my music could be shared around the world,” NAM GEE says.
It will be. Out There is released on March 9, via Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play.