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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST NICOLE DASH JONES

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band / become a soloist? I don’t feel as though I ever decided, music decided that for me. I’ve been infatuated since the day I started playing Happy Birthday on the piano when I was 3 years old. 

Introduce us you and your musical history?

Just me. I’m 5ft 3, often misunderstood, the underdog. Up until lately, I’d never really been musically/sonically content with my sound or the way producers (and I’ve worked with too many to count!) would often look to change the way I delivered a vocal ‘be more breathy, or go hard’ or tweak a lyric or two and I’d just scrap every track and not end up putting any music out into the world since I felt artistically compromised. Working alongside my producer Samuel Hills on these records it’s as though I found my heart and I never want to let go of it. 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

When I decided to become an artist. I don’t feel as though there was a defining moment for me, it’s always been inherent, I have always been an artist.  

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

I feel we all are defrauded on some level but how we wish to view the world is our choice. 

What useless party trick do you have? 

Life is one big party trick. I have a short self-help book in the works called ‘Party Tricks’, maybe I will release it as an NFT. 

What was the most fun you’ve had on stage?

My earliest performance around 7/8 years old dancing to my own choreography- that was a defining moment for me as a ‘performer’.



What was the worst experience on stage?

Playing an intimate performance at a gay club on piano/vocal to a room full of women and accidentally kicking my glass of water over the audience (who enjoyed it!) then being asked to bring the mic closer to my mouth, I believe at one point being asked to put the mic in my mouth! I love my female fans and it was comical but not my best performance. 

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

People always think I am the opposite of what I am and totally miss the mark, until they find out I actually really write songs and am a multi-instrumentalist

If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it? 

I am an alien? 80s-esque inspired musical soundscapes. My sound is my tonality and melody, and I am slightly abstract in terms of my lyrics; however, I try to piece together all the additional musical elements down to synth chords, drum patterns, guitar/bass movement and carefully construct with my producer, Samuel Hills, into my vision of dream-like Synth Pop (some say a female Weeknd) a vibe where I feel my listeners will know exactly what I am thinking – I like to break everything down until it’s most authentic in a delicate and precise way whilst still containing my vulnerability

What makes you stand out as an artist?

You tell me? I can’t be the artist and the audience. 

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

The crisis in Kyiv. My grandfather was from Kiev so it’s close to my heart. 

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

I haven’t played any of my releases live yet but I know it will be a track I haven’t release yet called ‘Fake Love’ 

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

I consider ‘Deeper’ a homage to the transience of love and a tribute to holding on to the feeling of what’s been lost over time whilst desperately trying to salvage my identity. I was overwhelmed by thoughts, others mortality, and my own, but I also found fleeting beauty in carrying this weight of sadness to rescue myself at the time with which came a profound elate happy/sadness. This track is about these two different sides to different sides of love and loss, almost an evacuation of the weight on my spirit, and at the core, love coming together to save us.

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

Honestly, I was just at the piano, and it rolled out. Often, what I have difficulty processing emotionally in the real world, I have no problem expressing musically. I guess it was just what I was going through at the time, and I was able to just captivate the rawness of that temporary disposition. With each track I have written for this record the running theme is capturing different pieces of experiences I’d had or people who’d taught me something about myself; I’ll have a line about one moment in time and a line about a thought or a person yet always leading to a chorus that is a culmination of emotional cobwebs that had hung over different feelings I had held on to like collectors’ items. 

What was the recording process like?

I love recording, it allows me a sense of freedom to be a perfectionist in my phrasing/delivery to my fullest. Each time I record a track its piano/vocal to a click and I layer the shit out of my vocals to build my own wall of sound, it’s a space where I feel the most connected to my spirit, where nothing else in the world exists.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

Have no limits. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not a thing. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

I am releasing alternate NFT versions of all my records. Watch this space!

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Check out my music

FIND NICOLE ON INSTAGRAM HERE