Following an extremely successful year in her career, Scottish singer/songwriter, Nina Nesbitt is about to head off on an almost sold out UK & Ireland tour, beginning in Brighton and ending in Belfast.
Nina took a few minutes out to chat to us before the tour kicks off…
So, you’re about to go on tour next week and quite a lot of the dates are sold out. Are you excited for this one?
Yeah, the majority of it is sold out. There’s only a few tickets left for Belfast and Dublin so yeah, it’s great!
Do you have any tour essentials?
Just a big jacket that I recently got in a vintage shop! And my drummer has one as well so we’re making it the tour uniform, ’cause everyone else hates them!
Nice! Speaking about your music in general- your single ‘Stay Out’ was massively successful for you. Did you ever expect that from that song?
I think when I wrote the song I knew it was going to be different to the rest of them. The minute I wrote it I thought “I can hear this being played on the radio”, and stuff like that, but I never intended for it to be a single or anything. I just wrote it because I thought it was funny and it ended up being a single. Me and the team really liked it and then it just took off.
I was hoping that it might make it to number 40 but it was number 10 in the mid-week and then ended up at 21. So yeah, it was amazing- really really cool!
Everything did kind of take off for you- I mean, you were invited to support both Example and Ed Sheeran. Would you consider that a highlight of your career?
Yeah, I mean, I couldn’t really pick one highlight, there’s been lots of different things. It’s been great, it didn’t just happen over night, it’s been quite a gradual process. But they were definitely highlights for me. They kind of started me off in the music industry. I was online and stuff before but I had never really played any big venues or anything.
How did it feel when you realised that people you might have looked up to musically were starting to recognise you as a musician?
That was really cool. I love Example and Ed’s music so to get to go on tour with them was really cool. To see how they face a crowd and their style and the way they did it independently as well, I like that. Yeah, it was really cool.
How did a career in music kick off for you? ‘Cause I know you did modelling for a while, but what sparked the transition from that to music?
It was always gonna be music. I did music in my bedroom or at school sometimes but I was really shy so I never really did it properly. Modelling was just something I did ’cause I like fashion but I quit after like 2 years ’cause I just found it really shallow. It was all about how much you weighed and if you had fat on you, and I was like “I’m 15, let me eat what I want!”. I do a bit of modelling now but more just as a musician in magazines and stuff so it’s fun and I can be myself. But yeah, music has always been something I like, and I posted covers on Youtube ’cause I was too shy to get up and perform and I was young so I couldn’t perform anywhere. That’s what really got me started.
We have to talk about the John Lewis Ad that you’ve been asked to do. Your cover of ‘Don’t Stop’by Fleetwood Mac. How big a deal was that to you? ‘Cause I know for a lot of singer/songwriters it’s almost like a dream come true, for example Gabrielle Aplin’s appearance on the Christmas ad last year was massive for her.
Yeah, it’s really exciting! It’s not the Christmas one so it’s not as big but I kind of like that about it. I was looking to put out another single in September anyway and I didn’t know which one to pick and then John Lewis came and picked it for me, which was ideal! To be on the advert is really cool and covering a classic like Fleetwood Mac, yeah it is kind of a dream come true for me definitely. Especially after such great artists have had it before.
So before you head off on tour, I know you sell a number of Meet & Greet tickets for the shows. How important is it to you to stay connected with fans and keep a certain amount of interaction going with them?
I think it’s really important. I always try to met everyone at the end of gigs, but I did a show in Edinburgh last month and it was like 700 people and I went out afterwards and it got a big dangerous. It ended up on the street and there was people in the middle of the road and it’s not safe. And also it can last up to two hours, which I don’t mind but if we’re leaving straight after it’s not really fair. So, I’m doing Meet & Greet before each show for the first 30 people that got tickets. [Yeah, so you can kind of limit the amount, but you're still making the effort.] Definitely, yeah. Like, I want to meet as many people as I can, it’s just not really possible on this tour.
Absolutely. Well, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us, and best of luck on tour.
Cool, thank you very much!
So Jack Wills have unveiled their latest campaign for Autumn 2013 and taking a break from their usual posh models with outrageously long hair and impossibly fit boyfriends, they’ve decided to hire a few cheeky musicians to star in their latest promo shots.
That’s right, the smart bigwigs at JW have enlisted the help of mega cool kids Nina Nesbitt and The Loveable Rogues to chuck on some of their clothes and strike a pose in front of the camera as part of their new Young Britons campaign – and by golly, do they look good.
It’s always interesting getting to know an artist on this level. It’s all well and good discussing a band or artist’s own music, but getting to know who they are on a musical level – what shaped their tastes, made them want to start writing music and inspired them whilst doing so – sometimes offers some fascinating insight, and that’s exactly what we got from rising star Nina Nesbitt.
She released her Way in the World EP a few weeks ago, and her version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’ was used in the new John Lewis ad. Not bad, right? We caught up with her for the next instalment in our Under the Influence series to find out what makes her tick.
Blondie – ‘Call Me’: I like how Debbie [Harry] uses her vocals on the chorus of ‘Call Me’, the kind of shouty style. She’s a great performer and she’s very expressive. The band have really interesting sounds in the song, kind of mixing rock with disco electronic noises which is cool. I only got in to Blondie when my neighbour left one of their CDs at my house for ages and I decided to give it a listen.
SCOTTISH SINGER NINA NESBITT TALKS US THROUGH HER ‘ACOUSTIC, EDGY’ SOUND…
We caught up with Nina during her stop at this summer’s Virgin Media V Festival where she was busy laying down her story-telling songs about boys, growing up and we’ve-all-been-there moments on the Arena stage.
The blonde singer also spills the beans on her John Lewis soundtrack and talks dream collaborations.
The 19-year-old from Balerno was drafted in for the gig at the Scotland v Belgium match as a substitute for Amy Macdonald.
Nina has also revealed how she has only ever been to Hampden once before – to see U2.
“I’ve never been to a game in my life,” she was reported a saying today.
“I’m excited, it’s not sunk in that I’ll be singing at Hampden yet.
“The biggest crowd I’ve played to so far has been 12,000.
“I’m only doing two verses so by the time I get on, it will go so fast.”
Source: Edinburgh News
She said she had no fears about stage fright: “I have been practising in the shower every morning.
“I know the lyrics, I used to sing it at school. Everyone will be singing along, if I freak out then I’ll just hold the mic up to the fans and let them do it.”
Kodaline have unveiled the acoustic version of their latest single Brand New Day featuring Nina Nesbitt. The track appears on their EP of the same title which is out now.
Speaking about the collaboration guitarist Mark Prendergast said “We first met Nina in LA, when she supported us at the Hotel Cafe. After that, we kept running into each other at shows and became friends. When we started planning the Brand New Day EP, the idea of collaborating on a track came up and Nina was the natural choice.”
Frontman Steve Garrigan added “Working with Nina was cool, she has such great a attitude to making music. We just started playing, kept the tapes rolling and worked it out as we went along. We also tried on a lot of hats. Don’t ask…”
Having played a hugh array of major festivals this Summer including Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury, T in the Park, Hard Rock Calling and The Great Escape the band head out on a US and European tour, ahead of their biggest UK headline tour this November.