Nina Nesbitt stole many of our hearts a few years ago, when she stormed onto the scene with unruly blonde hair, an acoustic guitar, and a killer knack for writing a damn catchy pop song.
Now, she's 21, living in London, and is back all over our airwaves. You could say she's a bit different to the Nina we used to know. No more acoustic softness, now Nina's sassed it all up, whacked some huge electronic beasts of beats behind her, and got a whole new sound. And, it's BLEEPING AMAZING. We had a chat with the sass queen about her new sound, what's different, and what we can expect from 2016. Scroll on down baby, it's a catchy ride...
Hey Nina, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade. For those few that might be unfamiliar, can you sum up your music in six words?
Personal. Pop. Awkward. Energetic. Sassy. British.
2016 brings an even sassier, more awesome Nina than we had before. What more can we expect from this new era of NN?
Ha! A sonical documentation of the 21 year old Nina living in London and having a great time.
The new single Chewing Gum is an epic piece of FU pop, and it’s bloody catchy too. How did the song come about?
It's a song I wrote after realising I'm a fucking nightmare at relationships ha! I think the last two years have just been about being alone and experiencing different things and unfortunately meeting people at the wrong time. I wanted to write a song for all the emotionally unavailable and single people out there and see if they related to it, just to check that I wasn't a heartless robot.
How’s the album writing process been? Fun? Stressful? What can we expect from it?
It's such a long process for me, it's got to be my heart and soul poured out in to songs or it’s not right. I'm aware of mistakes I've made in the past and I'm going to make sure the new album doesn't make the same ones and it's as strong as it can be.
Your live shows ooze awesomeness, and your fans clearly agree based on the consistent sell-outs. But is it the small intimate venues that you love, or those epic large ones?
I love large venues. They are what I get excited about. The feeling I get on stage is like nothing else I've ever experienced. Small venues are great too because you can really feel the connection with the fans but large ones have an amazing energy about them.
You have a dedicated and super sweet fanbase, have you got any standout moments where you’ve connected with your fans?
I think just seeing how they've reacted to chewing gum was incredible. I really did expect a 50/50 split with love/hate reaction. But literally ALL of them have embraced the change and been so positive about it which I'm so so so grateful for. It's so nice to know they've been waiting and not just forgot about my music.
Have there been any major inspirations behind this new sound? Whether that’s musicians, or just people/things in general?
London has really inspired me. I want to make music that sounds like the city. Energetic, exciting, gritty, everything the city represents at night time. I love 80s sounds too.
As a pop site, we always ask this - who is your favourite popstar of all time?
Taylor Swift OBVIOUSLY. Cyndi Lauper and Madonna are my throwback pop queens.
And what’s one pop song you are LOVING right now?
The Weeknd - I Can't Feel My Face. It's like edgy pop with really cool melodies etc. I love his music so much. The balance is great.
What do you hope to have achieved with the music by the end of 2016?
I have no idea how people are going to react to the new music. I don't really like to plan and set goals too far in advance as I'm very impulsive. I just want to be touring loads and putting the album out later this year.
And finally, if peeps wanna keep up with you, both online and tour wise, where should they go?
Twitter and Instagram @ninanesbitt
We'd like to thank Nina for taking the time to answer these questions!
So, whadaya think to new Nina? We think it's pretty sick. In fact, that doesn't do it justice, Chewing Gum is a slice of pop gold that we cannot wait to blast everywhere we go (are boomboxes still a thing?)
We reckon over 2016 you're gonna be seeing and hearing a lot more of Nina. And if that new album is anywhere near as ace as CG, well, we reckon we might already have a contender for album of the year! Go get follow-happy on that social media, you don't wanna miss this!