A classically trained vocalist, London-based German alt-pop artist NINA first gained success with 2014’s single ‘My Mistake’, and has now released her debut album Sleepwalking.
Big fans of her pulsating, innovative synthwave sounds, we caught up with NINA to find out more…
Hi NINA, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m a singer-songwriter, originally from Berlin, who loves everything ’80s. My music reflects that, but has a modern twist too.
How did you initially get into creating music?
I’ve been singing ever since I can remember, but it wasn’t really until I was 18 that I was asked to go on tour with a famous German singer at the time, when I realized I wanted to make it my profession.
Your new album Sleepwalking is out now, can you tell us a bit about it? Are there any themes running throughout it?
Sleepwalking is a very personal album, as I mostly sing about my experiences in life: being bullied in school, having my heart broken, the struggle my mum had to go through by being a single mum. But I also sing about positive narratives like the first time you fall in love. It definitely reflects a journey.
You’ve been compared to the likes of Ladyhawke and Chromatics, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
I’m influenced by a lot of different bands like Depeche Mode, The Doors, Queen, Roxette, Eurythmics.
How is your local music scene? Do you go to see much live music?
Yes, I try to go to as many concerts as possible. I think it’s important to learn from one another and I find it very inspiring watching other acts perform. I’ve recently watched Carpenter Brut, who were awesome and they really put on a fantastic show. The Synthwave scene in London is rapidly growing, which is great.
And what can fans expect from your live shows?
Lots of energy, glowing drum sticks, synths and dynamics.
As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new upcoming bands/artists who you’d recommend we check out?
Check out Oscillian, he’s a fantastic Synthwave composer from Sweden who worked with me on my album. And New Arcades are a great British band to check out too.
And how do you feel the industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
I think it’s easy to get your music heard by thousands of people through social media, but it’s not easy to make a living from it. So, you really have to be 100% in it, and so does your team.
Finally, what does the rest of 2018 have in store for NINA?
More live shows around the globe and we’re already working on my second album!
Huge thanks to NINA for answering our questions!
Sleepwalking, the new album from NINA, is out now.