Nina Queen of Scots: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Nina Nesbitt

I think sometimes people try to flower their songs with things that aren’t really happening, but I just try to see it as it is.
— Nina Nesbitt

Emily Koopman: Did you have a musical upbringing?
Nina Nesbitt: No, not at all. Music is just something I discovered on my own. It was always played around the house but my parents aren't musical. It’s something that I always loved doing.

Emily: What can you tell us about your album, Peroxide?
Nina: Peroxide is like a musical diary of my life from ages 15-19. So everything I've gone through like friendships, growing up, falling in love, and breaking up - it's all there. It’s an honest account.

Emily: Do you have a favourite song off the album?
Nina: Either "Tough Luck" or "The Hardest Part". They're the most personal.

Emily: If you could take a selfie with any celebrity, who would it be?
Nina: Jared Leto! or Debbie Harry!

Emily: Who are some of your favourite musicians?
Nina: I'm really inspired by female singer/songwriters like Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morisette, Debbie Harry and Taylor Swift. But then I also really love Nirvana!

Emily: You have fantastic style -- where do you shop?
Nina: Anywhere really! I love TopShop, Urban Outfitters, and going into random vintage shops! I do lots of online shopping when I'm feeling lazy!

Emily: I read recently that you're a big Jake Bugg fan. Any chance we'll see you working together one of these days? Or a tour?!
Nina: I really like his music and would love to duet with him, but who knows! We did a gig in Belfast together. That was really cool.

Emily: What sets you apart from other artists today?
Nina: I don't think there are many other teenage singer/songwriters from Scotland. And I think sometimes people try to flower their songs with things that aren't really happening, but I just try to see it as it is. I try to be as honest as possible.

Emily: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?Nina: Lesson and advice: Always listen to yourself and what you want to do, otherwise you can lose sight of who you are. It’s important to stay true to who you are!

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