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INTERVIEW: Soulful Songstress NNENNA KING

Hi Nnenna, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’m very well thank you! how are you?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Why”?

Why’s my debut single written by me and produced by my brother Ossie. It comes out on Friday 27th September!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

This song wasn’t based on a particular event.

I wrote this song in December 2018 reflecting on certain situations that had happened  when i was younger. And certain things I would allow  people to do. That now at the age of 21/22 will never happen again because I am a lot more confident and secure in myself. I know what I want when it comes to relationship and friendships with people. It’s really a song for my myself, thinking “damn girl,  you’ve come along way, you’ve grown, you’re no longer that insecure 17 year girl. you’re a confident 22 year old young woman whose learning and experiencing. who’s still going to make mistakes but she ain’t gonna make the same ones that she made back then”

 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! I have been talking to a videographer, we’ve both been coming up with great ideas and concepts for the song. So I’m looking forward to shooting it with him.

 

How was the recording and writing process?

It was easy.  It felt natural. I wrote and recorded the song at home. It didn’t feel forced at all. I just said how I felt about certain situations. I said how they made me feel. When I started to tap in to those emotions it just started flowing. The song started to take shape and make sense.

I was able to express myself fully in this song  and I said everything I wanted to say.

Recording with my brother is great. He’s amazing at what he does, his ear on point! he’s honest and straight to the point. which is what you need. if he doesn’t like something he’ll say why and we’ll improve it.

I’m playing the guitar in the song, and we both wanted it to sound a certain way. so i recorded it again and again and again. until we were both happy with it.

 

What role does East London play in your music?

I went to school in East London. My music journey started in my household. My mum and dad were listening to all kinds of music. Being of Nigerian descent I remember coming back from school and going to my grandmother’s house. She’d be blasting, dancing and cooking to Afro juju, fuji and hi life music.

Also being the youngest of 4, my siblings were listening to old school garage and grime.  My brother Ossie had studio in his room so all his mates would come to the house to write, sing and record. Even though I was only 7 years old i’d still get involved. Because Newham is so diverse I was exposed to lots of different styles of music. Music was a very popular creative outlet for many in people in the area and it still is.

my music instrumental journey started at school where i started playing the piano through the new ham music academy. i did that for a few years then i started having lessons with an amazing piano teacher who lived on my road. and  for as long as i could remember she would practice every morning without fail. and one day my mum asked if she could teach me and she did. Then a few years later another local musician taught me how to play the guitar and were still in touch today.

I won a couple talent shows in school and I was apart of several choirs. both school and community and we used to sing around London and oversees. I went to Amsterdam and South Africa.

Newham has help nurture my musical talent, and I am very grateful for that.

 

How has Anita Baker and Stevie Wonder influenced your writing?

Anita Baker music is for the soul. Its called soul music because she speaks to your soul her music makes you feel a certain way.

so for me when I’m writing i want the listener to feel something, i want them to be able to connect and relate. because music is all about emotions and feeling!

And Stevie wonder is just an absolute legend

his music is timeless. he knows how to craft melodies that the listener will enjoy and sing along too.

my favourite part of writing is creating melodies, i want the listener to remember and sing along to parts of my songs even if they don’t know the lyrics and just want them to remember the tune.

One of the first piano books I was given was a Stevie wonder book, that i still use and draw upon for inspiration today.

 

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

Yes of course! I’m so excited to share my music to people other than my family! I’m working towards an ep, I have the material there. It’s just about finishing everything and putting the final touches on it

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No not yet. I haven’t even thought about a title just yet. I need to get thinking about that. maybe a self titled ep, but I’m sure yet.

 But more music definitely on the way!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, there are plans but no date as yet.

What else is happening next in Nnenna King’s world?

releasing more music, making more music, doing visuals and performing also, i want to Experiment with my sound. Why is just a snippet of what i can do as an artist. I know I can do more!

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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