Having spent the last few years releasing a wave of bold and blissful soul-infused singles that have already caught the ear of BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens and 6Music's Tom Robinson, London-based singer and songwriter Nia Wyn has now returned to deliver a wonderful pair of cuts 'Atlantis / Ghosted'.
Taking her cues from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Sia, this new pair of offerings look to cement her as one of the more exciting names to be emerging from the capital of late. With their rich and textured atmosphere, coupled with her own razor-sharp and distinctive vocal style, 'Atlantis / Ghosted' is the perfect accompaniment to these lazy days under the summer sun.
So with her new releases finally with us, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and what has inspired her over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
This one is easy - I started playing guitar age 9.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
I don’t think there is one most prominent thing. I think my experiences of mental health issues are a big driving force because I discovered music was a coping strategy on top of being a developing passion as a child. All the music I listen to and love are definitely inspiration of course too.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
Mostly 1940s-1970s - a lot of soul, blues, jazz, folk. I adored Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Motown and Stax.
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
If I’m honest, no. But I do remember Bright Eyes, Elliott Smith and Dylan first inspired me to try write my own songs.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
It varies. At the moment it’s Kehlani’s latest record, 'It Was Good Until It Wasn’t', and The RH Factor’s 'Hard Groove' to get my arse moving.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
A lot. I think it’s quite hard not to sometimes. Don’t know if they think it’s about them though!
What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?
Working with Paul Weller in his studio in Woking.
Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?
I love cats. I wish I could have every single one.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
Probably working in the mental health field as it’s a big interest of mine as well as an issue I’m very passionate about because of my own lived experience.
And what advice would you give to other musicians looking to stay productive through the coronavirus lockdown?
Speak to other musicians and artists - use this time to vent, share ideas, give solidarity and work together. That’s what has been getting me through!
Nia Wyn's double single 'Atlantis / Ghosted' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to both of them in the player below.