INTERVIEW: London-based singer, songwriter, musician and painter NISSI

1. Hi Nissi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been good. It’s been a crazy few months of work and getting more material ready for everyone.

2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Favourite List”?

Favourite list was one of the most organic songs I have done till date. It was a song made out of pure feeling in the moment. It is a song about the people in my life that really are at the top of my favourite list. “Favourite List” for me is a very heartfelt song from my roots which is why you hear a lot of jazz elements in the keys and the melodies of the song because jazz was primarily my foundation in music because of my grandfather’s influence.

3. Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I think it was more of a spur of the moment feeling than a particular event that inspired this song. It’s a song I made with my musical team back home. It was quite a special experience as we were all huddled up in one studio room in my family home, working on a lot of material so it was this constant stream of beautiful energy, familiarity and love in that space.

4. Any plans to release a video for the single?

All I can say is that we’re working on something unconventional, and I’m really excited about it.

5. How was the recording and writing process?

In the studio my best friend and producer JoeBagz literally started tapping keys all around while we were vibing and out of nowhere the opening melody popped into my head. I was just purely feeling the vibe and energy of love in the room and the lyrics came pouring out and the body of the song came organically. I literally hopped on the mic and freestyled it. After that I brought the song to my sound guru (as I like to call him) Cornel Sorian back in london where we re-recorded and he worked his magic on it. The making of the song was a very smooth and fantastic process.

6. What role does London play in your writing?

Because it has been my primary place of residence for several years now, it has in many ways moulded the artist that I am. I am the kind of artist that makes music about what I see, feel or stories I am told, and living life as a young lady in the city exposed to so many peaks and troughs really inspires me. I think that ironically sometimes being here strengthens my connection with all of my African elements, because that feeling of longing inspires me to stay in touch through the emotions and technical elements I express in my music.

7. Known for playing with different genres – how do you get to balance them together?

Honestly, I’m not the type of artist that could ever be comfortable with limitation; the concept of a “box” to fit in doesn’t exist for me. The beauty about getting that balance for me is that my mind isn’t programmed that way, thanks to my family pushing me to explore any and everything that I picked an interest in. Also, when it comes to the music, I have always been exposed to so many sounds in my life thus far, so I can easily switch up to any genre without losing my identity.

8. Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Certainly. I’m trying to do so much this year. There is so much content in the vault and of course there is a different, less “creative” process around deciding what gets released and when, but as an artist I just want the world to hear my message and appreciate it. I’ve been working on a few collaborations, there are more singles in the pipeline and a full body of work aswell. I’m trying to do something that will take people by storm in a good way.

9. Any tentative release date or title in mind?

There are so many conversations happening in that regard. Timing is everything. I just have to make sure I study the stars, in a sense, so that I can make the correct moves as they align.

10. Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely. It would be incredibly selfishof me to keep all the good things I have been working on away from the people who have supported me through this entire journey. Again, it all boils down to the conversations with the wider team and making sure it’s all being done right, but we’re piecing it all together.

11. What else is happening next in NISSI’s world?

I am working on some paintings for exhibitions coming up this year which will all tie in with the music. I have an accessory line out right now called MOXIE LAGOS that I run with my sister, Ronami, who is a brilliant designer and stylist. I also have an animation company called TAEPS putting out or first pieces of work this year. So quite a lot going on in the Nissi’s world, all of which I’m excited about.




About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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