Tips 2013: Nina Nesbitt
Now we've told you who to look out for, we felt it best that we allow our readers to get a tad more acquainted with the acts that we reckon you'll be hearing a lot of in 2013.
First up in the series is half Scottish, half Swedish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt who we spoke to just before her recent UK tour, where she astounded us at Dingwalls. So just in case you didn't happen to catch our interview back in September, we've done what the kids these days call a 'mash-up' and added in some of those questions with ones when we caught up with her earlier this month.
What's your earliest musical memory?
I don't really have one, because I started doing music before I even can remember! My first performance memory would be the last year of primary school, singing 'Beautiful' by Christina Aguilera in front of my school. I enjoyed it so much, and that's why I started to want performing.
You want to describe your music to a stranger on the street, who do you compare yourself to?
A lot of people say 'the female Ed Sheeran but I think it's more kind of early Ellie Goulding days, when it was just her and a guitar. I've been influenced by lots of different artists, so I think that's made my sound what it is. I don't think there's one person that you compare it to but I guess Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchell - female singer-songwriter-wise. Then I'm into rock music, like Nirvana and AC/DC and stuff. So some of the guitar stuff we try and make sound quite rock sounding, so it's got that kind of vibe through that. Then other recent artists I guess I like - Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey, I like her stuff. So yeah it's all just quite a mixture really.
You mentioned to us in September that the debut album is a "one track a week" process, is that still the case and how is it progressing?
My album is getting closer to completion with every week that goes by indeed. I've almost finished recording all the tracks I potentially want for this very first album. I will very soon have reached the final decision making stage of which tracks I want to put on the album. Most of the tracks for my first album I've already decided on as definites. However, I've also left some room for last minute decisions for a few tracks as I keep writing a lot of new music alongside the album recording process and might just like one of the new tracks enough to put it on this debut album.
You are going to live on a desert island for a year, which three albums do you take with you?
Adele, 21. For Emma (Forever Ago) by Bon Iver. I would actually be so depressed with those two albums! I'd probably just take Now whatever for a bit of party music.
Everyone has a defining music moment, one that lives on in the memory, what is yours?
The craziest thing I've done was I think my tenth gig, when things started getting exciting. One of the radio producers in Scotland had a free slot at a gig called Clyde 1 Live, a big radio event at the SECC Arena - its like 10,000 people. And I was really new to gigging. Although I'd been writing for a while, the licensing laws hadn't allowed me to go to venues. So I'd just started gigging and he was like, "I've got a slot, we love the music, do you want to come do it?". And I was kind of like "erm, yeah!" That was only last September, it was mental. I'll never forget that moment. I wouldn't say it was a defining moment but it's a moment I'll never forget.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, what is the most embarrassing track or album that we'd find?
I went through a faze of liking Cascada, I don't know if that's a bit embarrassing! There was a song called 'Another You' it was kind of an alternative track on the album. I used to sing that one at talent shows as well when I was younger.
Who will you be watching in 2013?
One of the artists that stand out for me at the moment is Jake Bugg. I think he's great and I will be watching his success grow in 2013 for sure, top lad!
What are you hoping 2013 will hold for you?
I hope to stay on this very positive musical journey that I've experienced in 2012 and continue working hard with an amazing team of people to make more music to share with everyone around the world. I'll be releasing a new EP in early 2013 followed by my debut album a little bit later. I hope 2013 will bring me a successful debut album release and be a year where more people discover, share and enjoy my music. A perfect 2013 would be a successful debut album release, more touring & meeting fans, more writing & recording. All of which I love!