Having spent the last few years garnering streams and fans for their emotion-strewn alt-pop offerings, Toronto based non-binary artist Bradley Milosevic-Hill, aka Nghtfall, has recently shared their heartfelt new single ‘I’ll Be Fine‘. Shimmering with a twinkling musicality and a soaring, anthemic splendour, Nghtfall wears their heart on their sleeve with this raw reflection on identity and being accepted for being your true self.
We caught up with Bradley to find out more…
Hi Bradley, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m an independent queer non-binary artist from Toronto that releases music under the name Nghtfall.
What initially inspired you to start creating music?
I’ve loved music since a very early age and started writing songs in my head long before I knew I was going to become a musician. It’s really the only thing I’ve ever been this passionate about.
You’ve recently released your poignant new single as Nghtfall, ‘I’ll Be Fine’, can you tell us a bit about this? Is it focused on any particular themes?
This song is about coming to terms with how people’s view of me has changed since I came out as non-binary. There’s a lot of my fears and anxieties in the lyrics. Especially the feeling that a lot of people’s love is temporary when you know one detail about you would change their view of you completely. I feel so free in being able to express this in my music now, because it’s something I’ve struggled with for a while.
We love your heartfelt, anthemic pop sounds, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
It ranges from modern artists like Nothing,Nowhere and Halsey to stuff I grew up with like Fall Out Boy. Though honestly I get inspiration from all kinds of music.
You’re based in Toronto – in ‘normal’ times, how is the music scene there? Is it a good place for an emerging musician?It’s definitely a great place to watch live music, but I wouldn’t say it’s a super good place for emerging artists. It’s so competitive and a lot of the live music in the city is dominated by established US artists that often play there as their only show in Canada for that tour. I don’t really think about the local scene when it comes to my own music that much, but it is a great place to go to shows.
How have you been connecting with your audience and other musicians during the pandemic?
Maybe it’s because everyone’s been inside but I feel like I’ve made more connections than ever through social media this year. I do a lot of remote collaborations even before the pandemic so this past year or so has almost been better for a lot of what I do in a weird way. Plus it’s given me more time to find ways to connect with new audiences online.
And has there been anything/anyone specific that has been inspiring you, or helping to motivate you, throughout these strange times?
I’m a huge movie & tv nerd so I’m always getting inspired by that. I’ve gotten really into David Lynch’s movies over the pandemic & recently read his book on creativity. I just find him such an incredible and inspiring artist. Also, I bring her up all the time, but Savannah Brown is someone whose writing and poetry I am such a huge fan of and find super inspiring. I wish I could write as well as her!
How do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
It definitely is, and a lot of the conversations I have with other artists reflects that. However, there’s so many cool things you can do outside of “the industry” with social media to connect with an audience. You just have to be creative with it.
As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other upcoming artists that you’d recommend we check out?
There’s this local band Softcult that I discovered recently that makes super great music with a lot of feminist messages in it. I’ve had the chance to talk with them a bit on social media and they’re super nice too.
Finally, what does the rest of 2021 have in store for Nghtfall?
I’m going to be releasing regularly till at least the end of the year, so just expect a lot more music!
Massive thanks to Bradley for answering our questions!
Listen to Nghtfall’s latest single ‘I’ll Be Fine’ here: