RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW DUTCH ARTIST NINALI
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I started piano when I was really young, but only got into singing and songwriting when I was about 12 or 13. Since then it’s been my main passion!
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
I’m a Dutch Singer/Songwriter/Producer and I’ve been writing songs and singing for basically my whole life. I was signed to an indie label when I was 18 and released 2 songs. This was in Belgium, where I grew up (although I am from The Netherlands). The songs that I released with the indie label received quite some airplay on the Belgian radios! Since then I have been working on my music independently and releasing songs independently since 2022. I have started taking up learning music production as well.
What was life like for you before music?
I can’t remember honestly, there has always been music in my life:)
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
Probably all the songs from “The Lion King”!
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I am an independent artist and I do everything myself. It’s fun because you get to experience all aspects of the music business, and not ‘just’ the creative side.
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
I learned that the music industry is a tough business and it’s not really a fair one either. I’ve learned the hard truth myself and also from various other people in the industry.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?
I also run a travel blog, I live in Spain and I speak fluent Japanese.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
I think it would be amazing to write songs professionally for other artists!
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
Not really. However, I think cancel culture can sometimes take it too far. Sometimes people make mistakes and they should get a second chance. Of course, that depends on what they did in the first place..
What was the worst experience on stage?
I once forgot the chords to a song I was performing and I totally messed up.. So I had to stop mid-song and then I apologised to the audience. I was mortified!
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I think it’s definitely my ability to make quite catchy hooks and melodies.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
My newest single “Daylight” has been released! I wrote this song for some people I knew who were going through a rough time and I just wanted to tell them it was going to be alright and just hold on to the sunlight in their hearts. It’s written & produced by me, mixed by Berklee alum Michael Shanks and mastered by Berklee faculty member Pablo Schueller.
What was the recording process like?
Everything was recorded in my tiny home studio:) I just need my electric piano, my laptop and my microphone. It’s so easy nowadays to create good sounding music.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Producing it was definitely a bit challenging for me as I wanted to make it sound professional and something that could potentially be released. So I worked quite hard on creating the right sound. However, it was a fun challenge! And everything else went super smooth.
Would you change anything now its finished?
Hmm I think I would add some electric guitars. Maybe that’s the one thing that’s missing on Daylight in my opinion. Other than that I am super happy with it!