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By ANNA HENVEST.

Nina Nesbitt has been tipped as the next big thing over in the UK. The Scottish teenager already has five EPs, a Top 40 single and a new album under her belt. The album, Peroxide, includes the very catchy single Selfies. If you like up-beat British pop, get used to hearing the name Nina Nesbitt.

 

You’ve just released Peroxide – congrats! Tell us a bit about what we can expect from the album.
Thank you. There is a variety of sounds and genres. I’ve written lots about the difficulties of teenage life in the UK or anywhere in the world. I’ve been writing since I was 14 and I’m now 19, so it’s about going out, breaking out, falling in love and friendship.


Can you tell us a bit about what inspired you to write the single Selfies?

I was on tour in October and me and my sister had this idea of writing a modern day break-up song. You feel a bit low… you take pictures of yourself and put them online to show them what they’re missing and to say ‘look how much fun I’m having without you’.


You performed Standing On One Leg to Ed Sheeran, which gave you a huge leg-up in your career. Would you say that was your most memorable performance thus far?

Getting the chance to go on tour with Ed was amazing but it feels like quite a while ago now; you’re constantly experiencing amazing new experiences and each one tops the last. Playing at T in the Park was a dream of mine…. it was the first festival I’d played since Stay Out was in the Top 40 here. 10,000 people showed up. It was just the most amazing show I’ve ever played.


Stay Out peaked at #21 in the UK charts; was there a moment where you just stood back and thought ‘wow!’?

Just watching the audience grow from 80 to 1,000 was pretty special, and seeing the venues gradually getting fuller and fuller has been amazing.


Is there somewhere your music has just taken off that you’ve been surprised at?

My album went to #1 in Mongolia and Hong Kong on iTunes, so that was quite surprising and definitely pretty cool!


With Peroxide, do you have any plans to come and visit us and tour New Zealand?

Yeah I would love to, definitely. I’d love to visit New Zealand, Australia and hopefully Asia as well. Hopefully some point this year I’ll be down.


If you could plan the perfect gig, where would it be and who would be your opening act?

It’d be in Scotland, ‘cause that’s my home country, or on a Caribbean Island! My opening act would be Alanis Morissette.


If you weren’t in music, what would you be doing?

I was thinking about studying psychology before, so I’d probably be at university doing that.


I saw in an interview you said you don’t like to comment too much on your personal life and you try and keep your private and work life separate. Because you’re not constantly in the public eye doing crazy stuff, do you see yourself as a role model to younger people?

I would never put myself out there as a role model, but a lot of my fans seem to be inspired and consider me a role model. It’s a pretty strange feeling and it’s a lot of pressure for someone my age.


Who do you look up to?

Female singer-songwriters Ellie Goulding, Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette are all inspiring.


We’re a youth-focused magazine and I’m sure a lot of our readers would like to know, what advice would you give to any aspiring young musicians?

I think the key is just to post online as much as you can. If you’re not from a big city or where opportunities are on your doorstep, posting videos online is a great way to get your name out there.

 

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@HausOfLaurenn asked:
How did you find the courage to play/sing in front of people? Was it tough or did it come easily?
It was really embarrassing at the start. I used to just have a little sheet of paper with words and a set list and look down at that the whole time. Going on tour with bigger artists helped me to learn and get more confidence.

@swiftn5sos asked:

Do you hope to ever collaborate with Taylor Swift?
That would be pretty cool, obviously! I always think it’s good to collaborate with someone that’s different from you, and obviously it would be amazing but we’re so similar, I think it’s more interesting to collaborate with someone that has a completely different sound.

 

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