JG: Sultry, smooth—luxurious, and soulful are some inescapable themes that continuously show their face within your music. With a mixture of jazz, soul, and R&B textures, where does your music draw its inspiration from?
N: At its core, it comes from my mother Armida. She was named after a Puccini Opera. So drama, passion, sadness, betrayal, are all in her fucking name. She was also my first classical piano teacher and introduced me to jazz. I owe everything to her. I’m very lucky to have a parent with great taste in music and who is also a musician. I think the sultry and smooth elements come from the timbre or sound of my voice. I’m not sure about luxurious but I’ll take it! I just pull inspiration from music I love and things that catch my curiosity, whether it’s a Chopin Nocturne or a Marvin Gaye deep cut. The work of artist Alfred Kubin, old 007 movies, Italian funeral dress codes, my mother’s old glasses. You can find inspiration in everything, even my break up! You’ve been carving a space for yourself on the music scene for some years now.
JG: In a time where things oscillate and change at warp-speed, and content is perpetually regurgitated, how do you maintain your own pace? How do you skirt the pressures for for constancy—for more?
N: Thank you, I like to say I’ve been strategically carving a massive Halloween pumpkin. I believe in quality over quantity. I work at a slower pace because in many ways I’m just a slow artist. I take my time, I overthink things, I take weeks off to wonder if I should change three words. In high school I was diagnosed with a processing problem that literally forces me to slow down – so there’s also that. I don’t love sharing personal things about myself (the irony of being an artist I know), so I tend to drag things out subconsciously. Also, when you break up with your boyfriend of six years in the middle of making your album shit slows down, but it is what it is. It’s my pace, I own it, It works for me. I no longer surround myself with people that put pressure on me to go faster. My team supports my process and encourages me. Though my manager was sweating when a few days before delivering my masters I decided to rewrite all the lyrics and melody for the track La Bella Vita off my new album (ha).