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Despite lockdown, collaborating music students find themselves in sync


Wolfnunn, featuring Cloude, ripple BBC airwaves

Two University of East London music students who were pursuing solo projects during the lockdown have found artistic solace – and success – in a collaboration.

Despite working virtually, Joshua Nunn and Claudia Ramos Garcia together released Make Me Feel Bad – a track that was picked up and played by the BBC Radio Essex Introducing programme, giving their individual musical ambitions a huge boost.

The two students had worked together before but, like others, they went their separate ways after Covid-19 struck. But when Joshua came across the sound for Make Me Feel Bad, he instinctively knew that Claudia’s vocals would complement the vibe perfectly.

Joshua, in the second year of a BA (Hons) in Music Tech and Production, said, “During the lockdown I dedicated myself to writing as much as possible and I was discovering my own sound for music.

“After I wrote the track, I knew straight away Claudia's vocals would be a good fit. I sent Claudia the demo idea and within a week she had a melody down. It just worked perfectly from there.”

Claudia, in the second year in her Music Performance and Production degree, said. “It was in June when Joshua contacted me to write a song and sing it in this dreamy electronic instrumental that he made, which I loved instantly, even though I'm not familiar with electronic music all. I sent back the vocal and by January the track was done.”

The result is Make Me Feel Bad by Wolfnunn, featuring Cloude – the name under which Joshua (Wolfnunn) Claudia (Cloude) perform.

Joshua said, “We both wanted to capture that feeling of floating through time waiting for lockdown to end. I feel this really translates into the atmospheric sound of Make Me Feel Bad.” 

Claudia returned home to Madrid for the lockdown but said, “It was really easy to work together. Of course, being in the same room playing would have been a more creative environment, but that wasn’t possible, but we did a great job in the circumstances.

“We're actually not a duo, we just decided to collaborate for this song. I was focused on writing and not too worried about what I would do with them. After some months I collected a bunch of them that made sense together and produced them, and now I am close to putting out an EP.”

Joshua said, “We both have our own musical avenues. I’ve been in and out bands for years and I still currently play in a few bands. But due to the pandemic, there were no more live performances so I decided to start the Wolfnunn project – a place for me to collaborate with other artists.”

The track received a wider audience when it featured on BBC Music Introducing in Essex, with Joshua saying, “That was amazing! Especially after working on something for so long, it really felt like the work paid off.” 

Claudia, who’s latest release is In The Way I Feel You, said, “I was so excited. I told everyone I know. Hearing our song on the radio and also being complimented by the host was a very weird feeling – but one I’d like to repeat.

Enriching experience

“Collaborating is always a very enriching experience. I’m happy we got to do this song together, because I wouldn’t have done something like this on my own. And I love the outcome. I really hope people can feel deeply the strong energy this song exhales and makes them dance – or at least forget for a moment about these weird times we are living.”

Joshua says he wrote the track straight after watching The Matrix which may have influenced its sound. He, said, “One of the reasons I decided to release my own music was to show people what I do. I’ve made electronic based music for a long time, but never put it out into the world until now. I hope this is a start of more collaborations to come.”

Claudia, who cites artists such as John Mayer, Muse and her dad (bass player Antonio Ramos) as her influences, said, “By the end of next year I hope to be confident with music production and also to have clear what my sound is, which I feel like am already discovering.

“I chose this degree because it looked like it covered a little bit of everything that I needed to help me in my journey. There are no degrees like this one in Spain. I knew I needed something practical that would actually make me create music and not just prepare myself to make music in the future. That’s why I moved to London.” 

Joshua said, “I wanted to further my knowledge as a producer and musician and when I started the course, I had never thought about sound design. Now it’s something I have come to love. I hope to be able to work within the sound design world and still release music as a musician/producer.”  

And the name Wolfnunn?

“Wolf was my grandad's nickname,” said Joshua. “He used to be part of a snooker team in the 70s/80s and got the name because he had big hair and a beard. On the back of his team shirt it had ‘Wolf’. I started using the name Wolfnunn when releasing anything creative and it’s just stuck!”

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