Balast, Nour Harkati
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
This event is 21 and over
Inspired by the complexities of life, love, and heartbreak; Balast combines folk, rock, and R&B influences into a powerful, honest sound led by emotionally-driven vocals. Balast is the moniker for Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, Lucas Ballasy. "Balast" is a tribute to the original spelling of the Ballasy family name prior to migrating from Germany to New York City in the late 1800s.
Originally from Philadelphia, Ballasy spent much of his youth inside writing music and performing locally. After releasing his first CD at age 13; Ballasy started gaining traction and soon found himself on stage for Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater (Harlem, NY), taking first place for his rendition of “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Ballasy would go on to release “All Directions” an album inspired by his time spent in Nashville and “Believe” a stripped down acoustic EP produced by Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, The Fray, Keane, Circa Survive) at Studio 4.
Moving to Brooklyn had a big impact on Ballasy's songwriting. As his life and environment changed, Ballasy discovered new stories to tell and started experimenting with the writing techniques he had become accustomed to. A new sound began to emerge and Balast was born. In review of Balast's latest single, Atwood magazine wrote "'Young at Heart' is a stellar contrast of the grittiness that comes with rock and the authentic storytelling of folk, resulting in a piece of music that stands high above others in its music sphere. Balast has cemented himself as an artist to be on the lookout for."
While he was born and raised in Tunisia, he has spent the greater part of the past years overseas performing in Paris, Berlin, and most recently New York City. Baptized in a family of musicians, Nour yearned to expand his voice beyond the customary traditions. To begin his adventure of exploration he opened his ears to as many sounds as he could. Through his travels he experiments with new textures and discovers the world that surrounds him. Nour sings of existence in society, doubt and mistrust, constant departures, the lust of love, and joy. Within these themes he looks deeper into his roots and gets closer to himself. His latest collaborative project, “Helwess” meaning Paranoia in Arabic, is a soulful and otherworldly alternative rock album.