Marie: Hello Nuala, welcome to DiscovrTV London! Thank you so much for your performance of 'Keep Running', very powerful song about resilience, positivity and strength :)
Tell me more about how you started out as an artist - how and when did it begin?
Nuala: For as long as I can remember I have always sang and knew that I wanted to do it professionally. I started writing songs at the age of 10 after learning a few chords on piano, then moved onto guitar. I joined my first band playing rock cover songs at the age of 13 but didn’t start taking it all seriously till I ventured out playing gigs as a solo artist a few years later.
Marie: Tell me more about your new EP set for release next year - the recording process, who produced/engineered it and if they have any other successes?
Nuala: There will be 5 tracks on the EP, a few that i’ve been performing for years and a couple slightly newer ones. All tracks have been produced by the incredibly talented Lee Baker who has produced tracks for himself as well as for the band James and Mo Solid Gold.
The recording process was the easiest I have ever found it with anyone - probably partly down to Lee’s brilliant ear and his understanding of me as an artist, as well as his respect and appreciation for my songs. We spent a few days laying down just the vocal and guitar to all tracks, then he would send me his production ideas and there would be a lot of back and forth but for the most part he’d nailed the vibe of the songs from the offset which was just amazing. I can't tell you how excited I am to get them out there to the world!!
Marie: Do you think there is a perfect time and place to listen to the EP, does it lend itself to a particular listening experience?
Nuala: I would say they are great to listen to at any time but I think some songs such as ‘Had Enough’ lend themselves well to more isolative, contemplative moods where as I can see songs like ‘Trying’ and ‘Cry Fucking Loud’ being sang (or shouted) with friends :)
Marie: Tell me a little more about the writing process. Is it stream of consciousness type writing or more planned and thought out? Is there an underlining theme in your music?
Nuala: 9 times out of 10 my best songs are always a stream of consciousness - that’s a great way of putting it as well!
But as any creative will tell you sparks of inspiration are not always easy to come by so some songs will take more thought and planning and naturally take longer to complete. I often start with melody first whilst strumming some chords on my guitar, record myself jamming out then listen back and pick out the best bits to write some lyrics to but sometimes the melody and lyrics come together simultaneously.
I would say the theme in my songs are often about independence and striking out alone as well as trying to make sense of my emotions and what’s going on in my head. I also have a good amount of songs that call out the negative shit that people want to put on me or others, whether that be from experiences of relationships or just general power struggles between people. The list goes on though..
I write about lots of things!
Marie: Where was the new EP written? How does place and time influence you and your writing process?
Nuala: They were all written at home at different times within the past 3 years. I cant say how the place and time influences me because honestly its always different and inspiration comes when you least expect it, often when you’re not trying. I have found that late at night an idea can come after i’ve already decided i’m going to go to bed, when i’m at my most relaxed. Saying that, I think all the songs on the EP were written in the middle of the day so it’s really hard to say what environments are best for the creative process.
Marie: What is the song, ‘Keep Running’ that you performed for us inspired by? What is the story behind it?
Nuala: Keep running is about feeling a sense of freedom and happiness within yourself and wanting to go and live your life to the max ith the people you love.
I wrote it just before going to a festival with my friends, the sun was shining, my brother was blasting out loud music and I just felt hyped up and inspired to write something positive :)
Marie: If you could hope that your music inspires someone to do something, what would that be?
Nuala: I’d hope that it gets them fired up to live their best and most authentic self and to do what they want in life - go live your dreams and be who you are! I just hope that my music can inspire in some way, however that may be.
Marie: Tell me more about your musical influences? Are you hoping to achieve a certain sound or theme on your new EP release?
Nuala: My musical influences range from 90s and 2000s rock and pop music to old school Dub & Reggae, and Soul. I do try to keep up with music that’s popular in the charts today too, but am selective with what I listen to- there’s some great stuff out there but there’s also a lot of shit.
I never aimed to have a certain sound on my EP and that’s probably why its taken so long to get it right. I wrote all the songs on guitar and wanted the produced versions of them to evoke the same emotions you get when listening to the acoustic versions. I definitely wanted all the songs on it to be written solely by me and for listeners to get a good idea of who I am as a person and artist. I use my music as a vehicle for expression and hope that these songs in particular sound as real and unique to me as they possibly can.
Marie: Tell me more about you and your successes as an artist?
Nuala: I’m from a small town called Earl Shilton, just on the outskirts of Leicestershire and am currently living in London. I’m from a musical family although I’m the only one who has pursued it professionally.
I’ve had various success’ as an artist supporting Newton Faulkner, The Hoosiers and Razorlight as well as being booked to play various festivals and gigs throughout Europe. I’ve worked with renowned songwriters and got the opportunity to work with Nile Rodgers and Rudimental as well as featuring on dance records that have picked up a couple million views. The past year my focus has been on getting my EP finished and writing lots and lots more music!
Marie: What are your hobbies/interests outside of music? Anything else I should know about you?
Nuala: The best things in my life other than music are my friends and family, I love hanging out with them.. having deep conversations or laughing lots and getting silly depending on the mood. I love to cook, dance, walk in nature. I like the simple pleasures in life really. I enjoy my own company as much as I enjoy others.. and now this is starting to sound like a dating profile lol
Marie: Thank you so much for talking to us! We'll make sure to look out for your new releases on your sites :)
Nuala: Thanks for the questions, it's actually been pretty therapeutic! :)