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Fast Five: Nabiha



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

In high school I wanted to become a pchychiatrist, but right around 1st & 2nd grade I wanted to be an archeologist. I even remember making clay brachiosaurus’ in art class, but their necks would always break in the heated oven. My mom must’ve had a dozen headless dinosaurs lying around, haha. That aside, I guess I’ve been in love with music my whole life, but the first time I sang to anyone, let alone stood on a stage, was in 9th grade, and everything changed from that moment on.

How would you describe your music?

I would describe my music as pop music from the heart ๐Ÿ™‚ My lyrics are thoughts & experiences from my own life. I’m mainly inspired by talks with friends and family, travels, feelings, etc. Musically I’ve got love for so many different genres, so in my quest to find my own sound, I played in rock, ska, pop, urban, electronic and jazz bands, only to find that I didn’t have to choose between them. My sound, like my heritage and my upbringing, is a mixture of things. It’s whatever is going on in my life, whatever the vibe is in the studio, where ever the lyrics take me.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

Right now I’m in transit at Heathrow airport. I’ve just spent the last week in Austin, Texas performing at the SXSW festival, and in Los Angeles, California working on new songs with my producer, Carl Ryden, and songwriters Luciana Caporaso and Nick Clow. We’re having such a good time in the studio, and I feel really happy and confident about the way things are shaping up. I’ll be back in L.A with them again next month, but the following couple of weeks I’ll be performing in Europe and hopefully get started on taking my drivers license. I’ll be at London’s Hoxton Bar and Grill on April 4th too!

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Pharrell or Q Tip! Pure talent. Diverse. ‘Nuff Said! ๐Ÿ™‚

Whatโ€™s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

That’s a very hard question for me to answer. But the first album that came to mind is Lauryn hill’s debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. It made a huge impact on my childhood, and it still feels timeless and lyrically current.