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NELDA

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NELDA WHAT HAPPENED?

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?

My dad sang and played the guitar, as well as composed, so somehow I decided that I would like to learn classical piano at the age of 5… in my teens I turned towards popular music and started singing and songwriting more seriously

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

After eight years or classical piano studies I did a music degree in Popular Music Performance at London College of Music, specialising in vocals and only recently a master’s degree in Songwriting at ICMP.

The drums and clarinet is played by my son Artis, who currently attends Guildhall Jazz Juniors.

What was life like for you before music?

I don’t remember life before music 🙂

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

I think it was Queen’s ‘Killer Queen’

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I am an independent singer/songwriter, co-writer in a jazz-pop genre

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

That you will never feel fully ready to face an audience, so you just need to keep doing what you love as much as you can and be satisfied with what you’ve got at that moment

NELDA

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I used to sing in a rock band

I was born in Soviet Union

I like skiing holidays

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be? 

To have my music featured in a film or TV series

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

It is difficult to do things right at all times and this is especially hard when you are a known figure, as any mistake or even a non-existent mistake can be picked up by many people. I think the most important thing is how you then deal with whatever has gone wrong – can you do in a dignified manner? After that unfortunately the public response is still out of your control.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

No I don’t, I have plenty of my own theories to keep me occupied 

What was the worst experience on stage?

A forward sliding piano pedal

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

I cycle in `London

Artis loves cubing – who knew that cubes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes! Rubick’s cube has a whole army

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Release more music and hopefully get it synchronised

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world?

I think it is better to move towards electric/solar power but much more still needs to be done to keep the environment safe

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Yes, there’s a new single “Everything is Scary’ coming out on Saturday the 4th of May. It’s the first single of a concept album about voluntary displacement.

I carried out interviews with many foreign songwriters settled in London, where we discovered and discussed themes that were important to them before and after moving away from their countries (Brazil, Greece, Argentina, Nigeria, Ukraine, Australia, etc).

Afterwards I co-wrote a song with each participant. This specific song is co-created with an Italian songwriter Viola Ugolini and it speaks about how everything feels a little scary in a new country – places have no memories, faces have no names and it feels like there’s a must to re-learn everything anew. 

What was the recording process like?

I loved the recording process – how the song became more defined after all the composing and numerous voice memos. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

I loved working with other songwriters and felt nicely challenged to try and capture their experience  through a specific musical mood, shaping it all in a song

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Once something is finished, it can’t be changed anymore, so any changes that do I think of can go in the live performances or in the next material

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

I hope my music resonates with others and brings as much enjoyment to them as to me whilst creating

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