Maxim Meyer-Horn

9 Jan 2021

On Our Radar 2021: Feel Good Chansonnier David Numwami

The only thing we’re sure about during these insecure times is that there’s a lot of new talent that will captivate us in the new year. We selected eight upcoming acts that will set the tone in 2021 with their music and invited them to La Nouvelle Maison, an iconic monument just outside of Brussels, for a photo shoot. After the lovely Joanna, it’s David Numwami’s turn to introduce himself.

“Everything you hear when you listen to my songs is made in my bedroom, probably in my pajamas, so I wasn’t super mad that I had to stay home during the lockdown.” David Numwami loves to make music in his playful DIY approach, which makes it sound even more charming.

Bucket list

David Numwami has seen and toured the world as a musician for several artists like Charlotte Gainsbourg but 2020 was the year where he launched himself as a solo artist. “These experiences gave me the chance to learn a lot about who I am as an artist. I was able to perform at Coachella, traveled the whole world, and that was probably the best training I could get,” he says about the past few years.

During his career, Numwami already ticked off almost everything on his bucket list. “I don’t feel a lot of pressure anymore because I already did so many amazing things. Maybe that’s different in a year, but I doubt that.” It’s clear David Numwami makes music because he has an unstoppable passion for melodies and creating art. 2021 will be an amazing year for the Brussels-based artist, who’ll share even more amazing songs in the upcoming songs.

To get to know David Numwami even better, he filled in our little slam book and gave us some insight into who he is as an artist.

When someone asks me who I am, I reply?

I don’t know if someone already asked me something as existential. It’s a funny question, quite deep actually. Someone already asked you that?

Describe your music in a few words?

That’s already a bit easier! I think it’s pop music with a lot of details, cheerful in appearance, but with a little sad heart. 🙁 🙂

Last release of 2020?


First release of 2021?

“Thema”, in January.

Be underrated or become overrated?


Artists that inspire me?

Prefab Sprout, Jimi Hendrickx, Ariana Grande, Young Thug, Estelle and many other artists I’m forgetting now.

People often compare me to?

Prince because of my guitar solos. And Laurent Voulzy, but I don’t know why.

Music video or live show?

I grew up watching MTV, and I always adores all the music videos for pop songs, like, for example, from Michel Gondry, “Can’t Stop” from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Placebo (especially “Teenage Angst” and “Pure Morning”) or just any video with a fish-eye illusion. I’ve also seen Childish Gambino live, and that was just amazing! Dean Blunt must be great to see perform (if he comes).

What I want to learn in 2021?

The kickflip.

My personal goal for 2021?

Finally finishing an album, for the first time in my life.

What people can expect from me in 2021?

An album?? Or even a double album! Or maybe an EP?

2021 will be my year because?

It can’t get any worse compared to 2020.

What advice do you want to give yourself for the next year?

Be kind to everybody!

Styling credits:
Dragon Shirt: LĒO
White Trousers: Luca Kemkes
White oversized vest: Luca Kemkes

Photography by Ines Vansteenkiste-Muylle
Production by ENFNTS TERRIBLES Studio, Maxim Meyer-Horn, Dries Vriesacker
Interview by Maxim Meyer-Horn
Styling by Marie Van Puyenbroeck
Makeup by Lora Van Pee
Hair by Catia Nulens
Production assistant by Isa De Boeck

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