Berlin born, London living singer NINA is one of Aztec Records’ latest discoveries. She started singing at the tender age of 6, was classically trained at the age of 15, and at the early age of 18 went out on her first arena tour as a backing singer for one of Germany’s most famous artists: Jeanette Biedermann.
After a successful 3 years touring, she decided to pack her bags and move to London to start her solo career. Model agencies contracts, recordings and performances with a varied range of bands followed (including Il Divo, Paul Potts, Pete Walter Band). Currently collaborating with world class producers and DJ’s, and with a steadily growing fan base, expect to hear about her new releases very soon.
Thanks to Nina
Laura / Aztec R.
Hey, I’m great.
Which was the first song you listened to when you woke up today?
‘Snow’ by Frida Sundemo and I’m also extremely addicted to up-and-coming band ‘Hunter As A Horse’.
Very little is known about you. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
I was born and raised in Berlin and I was classically trained at the age of 15. However, I wanted to explore the Pop and Electronic scene, so I moved to London when I was 20 without a penny in my pocket and without any contacts. It wasn’t easy to start a life in a different country all on my own but I’m very glad I did. Some of the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve lived through have been incredible. Now I can call London my home. This city inspires me every day and it’s been crucial for my artistic journey.
When did you first start making music and what inspired you?
I remember I always wanted to record myself singing, so when I was about 7 years old my mum’s partner at the time gave me a little plastic recorder that came with a microphone. That was my favourite toy back then. I started getting a bit more serious about it when I was 10 though. Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson were a huge inspiration for me. I recorded my voice over and over again until it sounded like I wanted it to. I’m usually very critical about my performance.
The video of Take me Away has just been completed. Do you plan to release the single again?
Not really, we’re focusing on my new material right now. But so many fans demanded a video, that we finally gave it to them! A lot of fantastic remixes were sent to me last year and it was great to see such a massive reaction to my track. I felt the video would complete that stage of my journey. My sound is changing a bit now.
Your song sounds rather electro pop, do you go out dancing a lot with friends?
I love dancing and lose myself in the music, but I don’t go clubbing as often as I’d like to. I go to gigs a lot though, which can be very inspiring. I also appreciate the small things in life, like a good dinner with friends.
You took part in the first edition of the Poptronik Festival. What memories do you keep from it?
Wonderful memories. It was such a beautiful experience, performing alongside so many talented musicians. One of the highlights for me was definitely meeting Andy Bell from Erasure. I remember dancing and singing along to his songs back in the 90’s. He’s a very sweet man. And I absolutely loved singing right by the ocean as the sun was setting.
You are signed on the promising label AZTEC RECORDS, is an EP or a new single soon to be released?
Yes, we’re working on my first EP. I’m hoping to release it in the summer. It’s a new direction for me and I’m collaborating with some amazingly talented people, so I hope you’ll like the results.
Do you think the internet makes it easier for a singer to start off now, compared to what it was like ten years ago?
I think it’s easier to get your music heard, to be seen and noticed, but it’s harder to remain at the top. Trends and music styles change much quicker nowadays.
If I take your mp3 player, what will I find in it? Do you have any favourite all-time records?
Some things will never change, I’m a massive ‘The Doors’ fan. No matter what mood I’m in, the songs and Jimbo’s voice always go under my skin. You will also find songs by Jess Mills, and The Irrepressibles.
Thanks for your time today, how does the rest of 2013 look for you?
Thank you. 2013 is looking bright, colourful and inspiring. Oh and super busy!