NvS is an upcoming singer and musician who splits her time between Toronto and New York. After checking out her music we really wanted to hear her story. Despite her increasingly hectic schedule we were delighted when she agreed. Read the entire interview below NvS discusses which modern-day artists she looks up to, what she’s hoping to achieve over the next 12 months and her creative process for creating a track.
Q: What is your musical background?
I was classically trained on the piano and took lessons from age 6-12. I’m also a classically trained vocalist and sang mostly Catholic/Christian material at my Catholic School for the Arts. But despite my training, I say my musical background is ALL feel good music.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Life changing. I’ve gone through a personal evolution this passed year, shedding all these layers and understanding who I am as a being and why I’m here. I’ve truly come to understand the purpose of me going after the dream of being a singer/songwriter/performer. It has been very intense to discover all my truths: my deepest, my darkest, my brightest and being able to emerge without worrying what people think about me. It’s been transformative.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Prince, Crystal Waters, Dorothy Dandridge, KRS One…musically I love feel good music and music with great messages so anyone who has something meaningful to say and makes music that is just as meaningful.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I love me some Kanye West! I love his ability to be uninhibited and not worry what the world has to say. I also love Faith Evans; her vocal ability makes you feel everything that she’s feeling when she sings. I love Sam Sparro because he’s fun and Adele, you hear her pain and truth. I also love Reggae music so to me Bob Marley is always current. he’s a big inspiration.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I woke up recently with Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You” in my Spirit and heart. I didn’t know why because Outside of what I’ve heard on the radio, I wasn’t too familiar with his music. But when I woke up with this song in my head, I realized that at some point he affected me. So I downloaded all his music and really listened to what he brought lyrically. so I’d love to collaborate with Frank Ocean.
I also love Common and Kanye West. Anyone who has something inspiring to say that will make people think.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
Of course Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You,” also some Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, Pointer Sisters…Oh and I’ve been listening to WHAM as well, George Michael, he’s the shit! I would love to write a song with George Michael.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Everything stems from a personal experience. Right now I’m dealing with this issue, so my new songwriting concept is “he said, she said,” where people twist words. All my music and creative experiences come from my life. I figure why not channel it and shed some light on my experiences.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Melody. Depending on the melody you can make somebody cry or have fun. Melody is the vibration of life. If you put lyrics to melody, people can understand what you’re trying to say but if you’re sensitive to vibration and sound you don’t even need lyrics to understand because it comes from a surrendered channel of emotion.
Q: Where are you based?
I split my time between Toronto and New York. I consider NY my stomping grounds.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Canadians for the most part are very conservative. Canada is a melting pot. It is very diverse and I love being from there. It’s great, go and visit!
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m working on my EP, which I plan on releasing before the end of the summer. It will be called “Who Is NvS?” and will be a free download for my fans!
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Being able to wake up and do this every day. Being able to transfer my life experiences for people to hear and knowing that people are listening and gravitating to the music. That’s everything to me. That’s what its about.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
Every day that passes I wake up with a goal. I aim to make sure that I stay true to myself and that I don’t get carried away or get caught up in this business or this world or what society deems to be acceptable. I intend to stay true to myself no matter how big or successful the music becomes in the wider world. I can’t lose myself.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Not right now but you can definitely keep up with me on Twitter.com/whoisnvs, Facebook.com/whoisnvs and my website www.whoisnvs.com so when I announce some dates you’ll be able to come out and experience!
Q: What do you do to relax?
Well right now I’m sitting by the Hudson River looking out at the water, which is pretty relaxing. In general though, I listen to good music, I dance, I ride my bike. I look at every day and take advantage of what life has to offer.
Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?
I can’t say that I have a favorite place to vacation but anywhere where there are beautiful clear blue oceans, a clean beach and a lot of water sports. Preferably where there is high cliff I can jump off, but if I’m water skiing, jet skiing and by the ocean having fun, then I’m happy.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Make music that is true to who you are because that’s the only way you’ll be able to connect with your audience.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Go to my website, www.whoisnvs.com where you can download my music for free!
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Be focused. Be Bold. Be free.
Editor’s Note: NvS has an excellent creative and artistic vibe that exudes itself in everything she does. Definitely one of Essential Pop’s “Ones to Watch”.
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