In Conversation With: Nadine
Miami-bred songstress Nadine fuses indie-pop melodies with a combination of harmonic instrumentals and ethereal vocals. Currently 22-years-old, Nadine relocated to Los Angeles some years ago and began exploring her sound and using music as a tool for self-expression and connecting with others. Since releasing her debut single, “My Way,” a powerful, pop-meets-electro ballad, the self-proclaimed “pop princess” has been steadily working on growing her catalog and sharpening her vocals.
Nadine is currently off the heel of her latest and third single “Missed Call,” which serves as a follow-up to 2020’s “Three” which features Fun Suckr. The new record is a vulnerable love song in which every note breathes raw emotion, as her ability to paint intricate narratives from her real-life experiences shines through. “There’s always that one person that just sticks with you, and for me, the only way to get through it was by locking myself in my room with my old keyboard and writing about it,” Nadine shares.
We had the chance to chat with Nadine about pursuing music, her new single “Missed Call,” and where she’s heading sonically amongst other topics. Check it out below!
Introduce the world to Nadine—how did you gravitate to music? What was your experience putting out your debut single last year?
I gravitated towards music at a young age, starting out by taking piano lessons at 5. I found a deep love and appreciation for art in general but singing, writing, and playing piano stuck with me throughout the years, so much so that it has become my life. It’s a scary thing to be vulnerable and share your words, thoughts, and emotions with people, but it’s definitely fulfilling.
Although Miami-bred, you moved to Los Angeles a bit ago—how would you say your life has changed since you relocated?
I came to Los Angeles four years ago to start college at USC in the Popular Music Program. My life completely changed but for the better. I was surrounded by incredibly talented and special musicians and artists who I know I will work with for a long time. Having people around me pushing me to do my best was extremely beneficial and shaped into who I am as a person and as an artist today.
“Missed Call” is a stellar pop ballad that showcases your angelic vocals, what was the creating process like putting together the record?
Thank you! I wrote this song one night in March after having just received a FaceTime call from my ex. I wrote like a maniac that night, envisioning what would’ve happened if I had picked up, imagining what he would say. Instead of driving myself crazy, I used all my emotions and put it into my song.
What are some messages you hope to deliver through your new music, particularly with songs like “Missed Call”?
I hope people find it an easy song to relate to. Everyone has that person who continues to have a hold on them, and it’s okay to feel any type of way. I’ve learned that doing what makes me the happiest and leads me to being my most true self.
How would you describe your style and aesthetic? What is it about your personal style that brings out or evokes a sense of confidence in you?
I would say I write lots of ballads, but they are not your typical ballad. I add strings, harmonies, drums, beats, etc to it so that it drives the song and holds up the message of the song. I’m very into fashion and dressing up, so I find the creative aspect of being an artist to be super fun and very me. Give me any opportunity to dress up, and I’ll be there.
Although still a very fresh face to music, what type of imprint do you want to leave on your fans in regards to taking a leap of faith and chasing your dreams?
To them I say, just do it. Literally YOLO, and I stand by that cringe phrase, but it’s true. If you don’t believe in yourself, then no one else will. Do what makes you the happiest at that moment and know that everything you do in life is for you and no one else.
How does “Missed Call” set the tone for where you want to go sonically with your artistry?
I was always asked if I had “found my sound” and until I recorded “Missed Call,” I hadn’t felt that I had. After the session with my producer Johnny May Clark, I was beaming with happiness because I felt like sonically and lyrically, this song was everything I had wanted. It had all the elements that are most important to me in a song, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally out!!
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