Name, where are you from?
Natalie Hoffmann - vocals/guitar/synth player for Nots, currently residing in Memphis, TN.
Describe your style in three words?
classic, sometimes tacky.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
I had a good surprise at SXSW a few years ago - after a long day that seemed to be spent only trying to park and move the van, I ended up at Hotel Vegas with a bunch of friends and a band I’d never heard of, Lust for Youth, got onstage and completely blew my mind. It was such a good show.
If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Suicide and Tago Mago - era CAN. Let’s break out the heavy hitters. We’ll play a 7-minute opening set.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
DIY has certainly had the most influence on me. I grew up in a town with almost nothing going on in terms of art and music. There was one DIY venue in the college town close to where I grew up and I remember seeing a single zine on the table in there and having my entire perspective changed. It had weird art and reviews of bands I had never heard of and some bad poetry. I saw people just putting stuff together where there was nothing before, art shows, concerts, fashion and it gave me this idea that I could just do whatever, and there weren’t any established rules or a really specific scene I had to try and make my way into. And in my small town, there really was no music scene other than the people just doing what they wanted. That stayed with me as I rapidly discovered the much bigger DIY punk scene in Memphis and it was truly exciting. I’ll post a Memphis song that I loved as soon as I heard it.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Oh wow, what an overwhelming question. So many directions to go. What does this hour involve? Where are we? I’m going to go with one of my favourite authors, Ursula K Le Guin. I’d love to talk alternate worlds with her.
Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
King George in Cologne, Germany. It’s a small, red neon-adorned dive bar with decade-themed hostel rooms upstairs. It’s a beautiful place and the people who work there and come to the shows treat us like they’ve known us for years, which is always really wonderful when you’re so far from home. And it does remind me of some of my favourite Memphis haunts.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
I’m going to go with two electronic music pioneers - Delia Derbyshire and Suzanne Ciani. Lucky for us they’re both slowly gaining the recognition they deserve. Their sounds and recordings from the late '60s and '70s are constantly inspiring to me. Suzanne Ciani’s 'Buchla Concerts 1975 (Live)' is one of my most listened to albums, and 'An Electric Storm' by White Noise is a deeply psychedelic and just all around surprising album.
Nots released their third album '3' through Upset The Rhythm in Europe on 10th May 2019 and it is available to buy here: upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com.
In November 2015 Nots performed alongside The Wytches, Hooton Tennis Club & Britain as part or our SubcultureLive series of gigs at The Garage, London. Read more about that at here.