In anticipation of her upcoming Australia Tour, we had to take a moment to have a baa baa blaah with the talented and heartfelt musician, Nadia Reid. Fortunately, this wonderful artists was happy to let us pick her brain to get a little insight into her identity, musical influences, visual branding and what potential directions her musical career may take her.
You’ve been pretty busy over the last few years, self-releasing your album Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs, signing to Spunk! Records and then touring all over the globe. Have you have any time to relax?
I like to keep busy. Aside from music I have been spending a bit of my time working in a little pub just outside of Dunedin, keeping me busy when I’m not writing or touring. I am about to tour Australia for a week and then onto Europe for 6 weeks so perhaps I’ll try to locate some down time and bask in it when I return to New Zealand in June.
You have a confidence about the way you play and a real skill for guitar, singing and writing, but you’re only 24. How long have you been playing for and how did you get into music?
Thank you. I stumbled into music properly around age 14 and had music lessons as a child, and in and out through my teens. Perhaps only in the last 1-2 years have I decided to fully commit my existence to it. The last 6 years or so I have been playing guitar and singing almost every-day. The confidence comes from doing it so much I believe. I never dreamt about becoming a musician or had any inkling this is what I’d be doing… I dreamt about riding horses and becoming a vet.
Skipping slightly ahead to your album, it is masterful. There’s depth and guidance, a real beauty in the way you get your message across. Where did the inspiration come from?
I wanted to capture a moment in time that these songs were from. That moment will forever represent my early 20’s and the sorts of things I felt then. For me, the best thing about music is the timelessness of it. Making an album was a very natural progression for me.
These days, the visual side of music is a big deal. Whether it’s photography, music videos or even your aesthetic on Instagram! You have an old-school styling with new-age concepts, much like your music. What does the visual side of the music industry mean to you?
I like to keep things pretty relaxed. Having my picture taken by my friends on a nice camera is pretty much as stylized, as I’ll get. I am grateful that I am able to express myself (visually) freely. My Instagram account is basically just self-ies and pictures of dogs (@hellonadiareid).
What are you looking forward to about flying over the oceans and exploring our great red land? P.S. Vegemite ain’t for everybody! No hard feelings!
You guys are pretty cool. You’re home of two of my favourite things; Blundstones and McLeod’s Daughter.
You’re the kind of gal who knows how to sound fabulous in a recording studio and breathtaking live on stage. Is there a distinct difference for you, going from one environment to the other?
Absolutely. I find the studio a vastly different place to the stage. When you dissect a song and play it over 100 times it often kills a vibe, although necessary. With live performance I’m able to get into a certain zone that the songs deserve. Both environments require different mindsets.
We were excited to learn that you are in the early stages of recording your follow-up album. Are you able to give us a sneaky insight into what we can expect? Do you feel that the success of your first album will play some influence in production, instrumentation and songwriting?
We finished it yesterday. Album 2 is like… “Nadia Reid grows up…” a bit more grit, stronger backbone, more certainty, similar themes, but it’s obvious I’ve learnt a few more lessons.
Finally, as big fans of music and sharing here at The Wandering Lamb, we love to know what our favourite musicians are listening to these days. Are there any artists that you’ve been loving lately? Or maybe some oldies have crept back into your playlist? We’d LOVE to know!
Rufus Wainwright (always), Jeff Buckley (always)… Locally: The Broken Heartbreakers from Dunedin, New Zealand. Who self-released their album How We Got To Now last year and it changed me completely.