AN INTERVIEW WITH…NINA NESBITT

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NINA NESBITT. Credit: press.

NINA NESBITT is heading out on a five-date tour – titled Life In Colour, it sees the versatile Scot visit Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Birmingham.

In promotion of her latest project where she invited fans to have their stories turned into hits, the mini-tour is an opportunity for Nina to get away from the studio for a week and back to human interaction.

I got the chance to speak to the exciting singer ahead of the dates.

THE UPCOMING TOUR WILL SEE YOU PLAY FIVE NIGHTS – HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT IT?

“I’m feeling really excited and also quite chilled about it! I’m really busy working on my second album every day at the moment so it will be cool to get away from it for a week and see some real life people.”

FANS WERE INVITED TO SHARE THEIR TALES WITH YOU AHEAD OF THIS EP – WHAT WAS THE REASON BEHIND THAT?

“The whole point in the project was to do something for the fans that have been so supportive and dedicated over the years and just to have something out whilst I’m busy doing album 2. I wanted to keep it just between me and them and not have it as a commercial project.

“It’s not really been advertised anywhere except my socials which I think has been great because the songs are basically rambles about people’s lives and written with a different approach to how I’d write my first single for example. I thought intimate dates would really suit this and it’ll be a stripped back-ish set up.”

DID YOU GET MUCH OF A RESPONSE FROM YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS?

“The response was amazing, a lot bigger than I’d thought. I got so many messages and so many incredible stories. It was hard to pick. They all had varying degrees of detail and I found that the ones that were very visual and specific were the ones that I ended up writing. It was really random what connected creatively, I don’t know what it was but some I just instantly felt an emotional connection with.”

ARE THESE TRACKS GOING TO DOMINATE THE SET LIST FOR THE LIFE IN COLOUR TOUR?

“Yeah I’ll be playing all the songs in some form and I’ll be playing a mixture of old and new although I feel like I’ve played too many unreleased songs recently and I want to keep a certain amount back till next year.”

THE AESTHETIC OF YOUR EP MATCHES THE ‘COLOUR THEME’ OF EACH NIGHT – WHY DID YOU GO FOR THIS IDEA?

“I LOVE pastel colours. I also thought to myself, this project isn’t about me, so why would I want to be on the artwork? A lot of the project was down to my imagination, of what I thought the people I was writing about were like, the cities (how they looked, how they felt, how they sounded, how they smelt, all the sensory elements) and I think the colours gave a nice feel to that. They leave it open and it means the only visuals you’re getting are from the words and the music.

“I love how each colour was revealed each month and how it turned in to a rainbow at the end, as a sort of collection thing. I’m always trying to look for unique things as well and I feel like this hasn’t been done before (not that I’ve seen anyway). I’m excited to see if people take the colour scheme seriously on tour, which I’m hoping they do!”

DO YOU THINK THERE IS AN IMPORTANCE OF BEING ‘FASHIONABLE’ OR ‘TRENDY’ WITHIN MUSIC?

“I don’t know if you mean clothes trends or music trends, but I think I have a strong interest in both these fashions. When it comes to music I just want to write great, classic songs that you could listen to at any point. Although on the other hand I don’t wanna create dated or bland sounding stuff because i wouldn’t think it was attractive to listen to. I’d be bored.

“I guess being in pop music you have to be interested in the ‘now’ but I think you have to find a balance of what is you, what is good and what is now. In terms of fashion, visuals and styling are very important to me. You are a brand the minute you put yourself out there. I never used to think about aesthetics as such but I’ve always loved art and movies and I think if there’s a way to corporate that in to your music it gives the full package.”
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Nina Nesbitt visits The Wardrobe, Leeds as part of the Life In Colour tour. Tickets here.
Tickets for the rest of the shows are available here.

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