By: Shamus Hill
Los Angeles’ Noah Bentley is the latest artist to be featured on Graduation Music’s Weekly Discovery series, and the 18-year-old is here to gift you some wonderful, positive energy for the remainder of your summer. Compact full of love trials, transitioning out of adolescence, and aspirations towards a joyous future, Noah’s discography possesses depth to say the least. I spoke with Noah Bentley about the effect Los Angeles has had on him, his roots, and what influences his art. Read the interview below:
Where are you from, and for how long now have you been making music seriously?
I’m from LA. I was born in the valley and have been living here since. I’ve been seriously making music for a little over 2 years. I used to mix and master for the first year and a half, but I always knew I could make good music. One day I just recorded myself, and from there I started making my own music as Noah Bentley.
How does the LA area affect your music?
Both LA and the valley are such a melting pot of cultures, but the valley is in the middle of all of LA’s popular landmarks. You drive for 30 minutes in one direction and you’ll end up at the beach, or Hollywood. You drive a little longer and you’ll run into DTLA. This has opened my eyes to a variety of different lifestyles, and has helped me experience a lot of interesting events, which I turn into storytelling through my music.
In three words, how would you describe your music?
Soundtrack to life.
Is it just you, or do you work with a team of people?
I work my team Potluck. We’re a hip-hop collective and record label located in LA. Our team has producers, videographers, managers, and designers. Each member of the team brings a unique skill set fourth, and we’re all working under the mantra:
Everybody Cooks, Everybody Eats.
The entirety of your music catalog features production at the hands of JustBeatz. Can you speak on the relationship you two have, as well as what it is in particular about his production that makes you work with him exclusively?
JUSTBEATZ! That’s my boy, we went to middle school together and hung at school, but rarely out of school. We didn’t really get close until I recognized him doing his thing in music and producing for different artists. That was around the time where I was mixing and mastering an album for one of my team members Hundo (instagram: @hundo.ptlk), and I reached out to JustBeatz because I liked what he was putting out. From there we became real tight and were always working together. These days, I’m ALWAYS in the studio with JustBeatz either making beats, or making new songs for myself. We have a great work flow, which is the one of the main reasons he has exclusively produced my discography.
Listening through your music for the first time, it’s easy to note the vibrant, overarching feeling of joy that’s prevalent with each track. What would you like listeners to takeaway from your collection of music?
Aside from my hearing a story from my life and making folks dance, I want my listeners to hear my music and be inspired to go be great at something, and work their hardest at whatever their craft may be.
If you could collaborate with any two people on a song, who would you choose?
I would pick Marvin Gaye (RIP) and Vince Staples.
Who inspires you?
In a non-musical sense, I’m really inspired by Sheck Wes. Anytime I see his face on social media it makes me get up and work. He’s one of the few artists I’ve watched blow up, so every time I see him winning, it’s a reminder to continue working as hard as I can.
Outside of music, what are some of your interests?
I love being in nature, untouched nature always inspires me in a way that nothing else does
What can fans expect next from Noah Bentley?
Oooh can’t say too much, but expect to see your granny dance when she hears this new music
Listen to Noah Bentley’s music below: