In this final installment of interviews with artists from the NCS’ Yes Live gig last weekend, Musicvein speaks with the lovely Nina Nesbitt whose cover version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’ featured on an advert for John Lewis. NCS participants voted Nina the ‘Most Inspirational in Music’ to teens.
MV: Afternoon Nina, so tell me how it feels to be voted the most ‘Inspirational in Music’?
NN: “Well, erm it’s pretty crazy and yet to be honest a real honor to be nominated and selected for the award. I do try to inspire young people to do what they want to do. I came from a very small village just outside of Edinburgh and just took a chance and I’m so glad that I did. I think it’s good for others to do that as well – take a chance.”
MV: So where does your inspiration come from?
NN: “A lot of female singers and song writers. I love people like Debbie Harry, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette and more recently Taylor Swift and Ellie Goulding, I just think they are great. I get inspired by life and write more about real life situations.”
MV: And how would you say they’ve influenced your style?
NN: “I don’t really look at other artists and go ‘Oh I want sound like them,’ I just listen to them, see what they’ve done and find them really inspiring.”
MV: What was it about NCS that made you want to get involved?
NN: “I think NCS is very encouraging and inspiring. I think a lot of young people don’t really know where to start in life and NCS is a good thing for them.”
MV: What would you say to young people thinking of getting started in music business like yourself?
NN: “Post a lot of videos online using Youtube and do little gigs around the area you live in. Be true to yourself and just go for it.”
MV: And for young people with low self esteem, how would you encourage them to be more confident?
NN: “I think a lot of people look up to others who inspire them and think I want to be just like them, but I think you should be happy within yourself, know your best parts and go after that. I always knew within myself that I couldn’t go into accountancy. I always knew that music was the thing that I loved doing and was what made me happy so I just went for it. So my advice would be to find something you love doing – don’t stress if you haven’t found that yet, as it will come and remember to be happy within yourself.”
MV: Great, and finally what does 2014 have in store for you?
NN: “Lots and lots of festivals and tours. I’ll be touring London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Europe as well as Texas! I’ll be doing SXSW (South by Southwest Festival) as well – so that will be good, I’m really looking forward to it all and touring the album.”
If you would like to take part in this years NCS programme visit the website for more details.