Eric Nam is within the stage of his profession the place his reply to the query of the place he’s primarily based is “I do not know.” Born and raised in Atlanta, he retains a house there, as his household continues to be within the space. He additionally has locations in Los Angeles, the place work has drawn him recently, and South Korea, the place he started his music profession.
This fall, Nam isn’t getting a lot time in any of those houses, nonetheless. After releasing his new album “Home on a Hill” in September, the 34-year-old is on a large tour that may take him by way of spring 2024, with greater than 80 dates.
Not that he minds this schedule in any respect.
“I simply actually love performing. I believe it’s a variety of enjoyable. And I believe as I try this I get to see my followers all all over the world, and a few individuals are new, however then each every so often, each present, there are individuals who’ve come to each present or a number of exhibits and to see them develop and develop and mature as I believe I do as effectively, that’s additionally been sort of a bizarre journey to see that, getting older collectively,” Nam says from contained in the Sixty Thompson Lodge, the place he’s resting up forward of his New York present.
“After which in fact, simply going to locations that I usually wouldn’t go. Truthfully, no offense to Kansas Metropolis, I in all probability would by no means go to Kansas Metropolis. However I heard it’s nice,” he provides. “I’m actually excited to go. After which I get to return to chill locations like New York and play Pier 17. We’re doing India and all these fascinating locations, and in order that’s in all probability the good half.”
“Home on a Hill” is described by Nam as his “most existential disaster kind of album so far.”
It’s been greater than a decade since Nam signed his first file deal, and in that point he’s executed some questioning of what all of it actually means.
“I believe as I used to be writing, I used to be making an attempt to determine what makes me actually completely satisfied, working my butt off, doing all the pieces, why, what does all of it imply? And as I began to ask myself these questions, all these songs sort of happened,” he says. “‘Home on a Hill’ actually actually requested these questions of ‘What if all the pieces that I’ve proper now’s the height of life, and is that this what happiness is and I simply can’t even acknowledge it, and when is increasingly more and extra sufficient?’”
The title got here to him throughout his home searching course of in Los Angeles, which additionally impressed the quick movie he made to go together with the album.
“I discovered this home on this hill, this ginormous hill. That is the very best home ever, and I actually wish to get it. I ended up not getting it, nevertheless it was by way of that course of that I began asking these questions,” he says, “and so we sort of dramatized it, making it just a little spooky. We needed it to be ‘White Lotus’ meets ‘Physician Unusual’ as a result of there’s a fantastical ingredient to it.”
Upcoming, Nam will make his appearing debut within the film “Transplant,” from the manufacturing firm behind “Fruitvale Station.”
“I believe music, oftentimes, it’s extra in regards to the self. It’s about myself and in regards to the tales or the experiences that I’m going by way of. Appearing is fascinating since you’re given a task or a personality, and you must finest perceive the motivations and the considering and the character and the historical past behind all the pieces that this character has gone by way of or goes by way of. And that simply is a very completely different method of processing,” Nam says. “I’ll say it’s actually scary, however I believe I benefit from the problem of making an attempt to know the place different individuals come from, and that’s what makes it actually enjoyable.”