Five Quick Questions: Rising star Nina Nesbitt prepares to TRNSMT

Scottish singer, songwriter and musician Nina Nesbitt released her latest single last month. The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change, is taken from her forthcoming album, due out later this year. A deeply personal and introspective ballad, it allows Nina’s dreamy vocals to shine.

The 23-year-old from Balerno, Edinburgh, will headline the King Tut’s Stage at Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival on Sunday 8 July.

Fresh off her first proper North American tour that included a string of dates supporting UK singer-songwriter Jake Bugg and a massive run of headline shows, Nina Nesbitt has announced plans to return to America later this summer, supporting American singer and actor, Jesse McCartney, on his upcoming summer tour.

Earlier this year, Nina Nesbitt announced a partnership with Spotify for their Louder Together program, a collaboration with fellow emerging female songwriters Sasha Sloan and Charlotte Lawrence, to write and record the first ever collaborative Spotify Singles Original called Psychopath.

Nina was in Glasgow this week to play an acoustic set at a special artists event one month before TRNSMT at Glasgow Green.

Glasgowist had Five Quick Questions.

What to you enjoy about festival season and playing events like TRNSMT?

I think festivals are always a good way to gain new fans. Maybe people who have heard one song and just want to check it out or it might be someone with a friend who originally was like, “No, I’m not into that.”, and you have the chance to turn them around. It’s always a good challenge, playing festivals. I think it’s quite rewarding.

I have to say, you’re not necessarily playing a lot of stories, when you look at the album, given the markets and do you think about going different directions as well.

Is reaching new people part of your focus at the moment?

I just find it interesting. I think with insights now online, you can find out where your audience is. I look to my Spotify for analytics. And America is the biggest market. I had the most listeners from there, so we were like, “Well, let’s go there then and see the people who are listening.”

So I did that, I went over there for three months and just came back recently. I think my new music is slightly more international sounding. It’s drawn a bit more from pop music and still got a bit of folksiness to it, but with R&B and other influences. I think moving to London, moving around, my ears are a lot more open to different sounds.

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So, have you started thinking about your music in a different way?

I think my sound is growing, adding new elements. I think touring with other artists contributes to that as well. I toured with Jake Bugg in America in April and he’s obviously a very acoustic artist, but folksy, and just listening to that every night and seeing those audiences inspired me to learn old singer/songwriter stuff and explore different types of music.

I think you’re always influenced wherever you go and whoever you tour with. So it’s good to get out there.

Are you looking forward to getting in front of the Glasgow crowd at TRNSMT?

Yes, absolutely. I think the fact that TRNSMT is a new festival means that people are even more excited about it and likely to check it out. My friends all went last year and loved it.

I’m excited, I didn’t play there last year but I’ve played T in the Park three times, and those were some of my favourite ever gigs.

In terms of the rest of the year, what have you got planned beyond summer?

So, I’ve got festival season in general. I’m doing two more U.S. tours, one in the summer and one in the autumn. Then I’m doing some dates with Lewis Capaldi probably around Europe and a few UK dates with him as well. I’m a big fan of his, so I’m looking forward to that.

I haven’t played festival season in two years. It’s been a nice little break but I’m looking forward to getting back out there, meeting other artists, knocking on the doors of people I want to collaborate, playing to new crowds and joining in the fun.