With a distinctive, ethereal voice, London based NADINE is beginning to have a real impact in both her native Switzerland and the UK. Nadine grew up in the picturesque Emmental, where her multi-instrumentalist mother introduced her to the English-speaking world of soulful pop. In 2011, she moved to London where she started exploring the music scene and found her debut EP Spring Will Come (2013) climbing up the singer-songwriter iTunes charts.
Nadine's third EP Rise is produced by Dave Holden of Flat 6 Music and together they forged a unique genre they like to call Cinematic Pop, reminding of artists Lorde, Aurora and Imogen Heap. Here, Nadine talks about songwriting, her favorite fan gift, and more in the Essential 8.
With "Rise," what was the “a-ha” moment when you knew the song was completed and perfect?
I’ve learned that great songs need a lot of time to be edited. I often thought my songs were completed and perfect long before they were. With Rise we still made adjustments while recording! I have a friend who I trust 100% when it comes to songwriting, and at the moment she didn’t find any more flaws I was pretty proud of it!
What’s the story behind your album’s title?
The Single and the whole EP are called Rise because it’s all about going through fire and coming out the other side stronger. It’s a death and resurrection kind of theme.
Where do you draw inspiration from when writing?
I’ve been a dreamer and a deep thinker since I was a kid and it always felt freeing to express my emotions by singing and playing keyboard. Songwriting has become a way through which I can both express and transform the reality of my feelings and ways of thinking. One of my earliest songs called Spring Will Come came from a place of hopelessness and is now still a song I’d sing to myself when I need it.
When/where do you do your best writing?
When I first lived in the UK I used to lodge with a family of classical musicians and they have this gorgeous grand piano which makes every note sound epic! I’m actually going to do a little retreat to their place after the EP launch so I can work on some new songs.
Do you write about personal experience, the experience of others, observations, made-up stories, something else or a combination?
I mostly write about my personal experiences, but the first song of the new EP is about Pocahontas! I find her story incredibly captivating.
What’s the best advice to give to a musician just starting out?
Try and find a way you can enjoy the creative process in the long run. Don’t worry about whatever hype is going on around you. Don’t rush but keep taking steady steps towards your goals. Find people who want the best for you, who will encourage you and who will give you honest, constructive feedback. Have fun!
Do you have a favorite gift from a fan?
I once played at a Christmas gig for homeless people. As I was playing a man put a coin of the Swiss equivalent of 5p on my keyboard. At the end of my set I couldn’t find it anymore and was a bit upset. At Christmas it turned out that my sister had taken the coin, framed it and given it to me as a present saying “here’s the smallest pay of your music career.” Sadly she hadn’t been quite right ;-).
Song (of yours) you wish you would have released as a single and why?
The song "Freedom You Won." It means a lot to me and I feel like I’ve not pushed it enough for enough people to hear it.
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