30 Seconds: Nina Nesbitt

Half Swedish, half Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt was only 16 years old when she emerged on the British music scene last year. Following her stint as last week's PRS for Music Featured Artist, we spent 30 seconds finding out more about her

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 16 May 2012
  • min read
Half Swedish, half Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt was only 16 years old when she emerged on the British music scene last year, thanks to a handful of beautifully conceived cover versions made available on her YouTube page.

She's gone on to support the likes of Ed Sheeran and Example, and has self released her first EP last year. Her second release, the Apple Tree EP, dropped on 23 April to coincide with arena supports with Example, sell-out headline shows in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, and various summer festivals.  Following her stint as last week's PRS for Music Featured Artist, we spent 30 seconds finding out more about her.


How long have you been making music?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I used to write short stories from the age of six as I've always been interested in writing and I picked up an instrument at around ten and put the stories to music and I guess they become songs. I just continued from then on to develop as a songwriter and artist.

What inspired your latest EP?
It's a 5 track EP with songs that I've written over the past few months about the situations I've been in over the past while. It's about love and more prominently, growing up and the temptations along the way, which is why I used The Apple Tree as the lead track. I used 'The Apple Tree' as a metaphor about growing up and also the Adam & Eve apple to convey the temptations that an adolescent is faced with whilst growing up.

What process do you go through to create your music?
It depends on the day I'm writing, sometimes I'll think of a lyrical idea first, others it'll be a piano or vocal melody. Some people keep a diary each day, I try to write a song a day because I think it's a good way to get your feelings out and also produce real music.

How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as organic guitar/piano and vocals, with some electronic beats behind on some tracks. My lyrics are observational mostly.

What would your dream collaboration be?
Bon Iver! I'm also planning to collaborate with Example soon which I'm really looking forward to as I love his music.

Where can we catch you performing next?
You can catch me on my headline tour start in Manchester 24 April onwards. All dates here:
www.musicglue.net/ninanesbitt

Or supporting Example in Birmingham, Belfast, Leeds or Swindon on his arena tour. Keep an eye out at festivals too!