What is your name? Nancy Black
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
Performing started at a very young age with plays and musicals that I would put on for my family and neighbours. I guess, even then, I knew it was something I really loved to do. When I was 16 I joined a workshop designed to help young girls get into music and I was hooked.”
With a developed sense of self and inspired by a copy of Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill, I formed the all-girl rock band at the age of 15. It was then that I discovered my passion for song writing.
Tell us more about ‘Dirty Little Bass’
Dirty little bass was initially written in two parts. I’d had the chorus on repeat in my head for a long time before the verses started to come. I went through a messy break up, you know a girl meets girl and from that I knew where to take the song. It began to come to life.
Who did you work with on the song?
I have been really fortunate that at an early age I got to meet New York music producer, Will Angeloro. He understands my creative process and was a great asset in producing the track.
You also have a video for Dirty Little Bass, what was the making like?
It was incredible. I had no idea at first how I was going to pull it off but then one by one things fell into place. It started when a close friend introduced me to Earlstone films and they liked my concept and wanted to work with me. I went on to get funding through Kickstarter, where fans donated to my project. It was made complete by the talented team of dancers, actors and crew wanting to be part of the video.
Will we see an EP soon or album?
You will get to hear three new releases in 2017. The dirty little bass EP will be out on the 10th January. Then my new album to be launched in the summer.
I’m also excited to be part of an international Hip hop group known as IVCLICK, it’s a new avenue exploring a different sound for me as an artist and we hope to have our debut single out in the new year.
If so can you tell us more about it?
The EP comprises of some brilliant talents including that of producers Will Angelero and Regah and DJ Simeon Belle.
Do you have any gigs planned or a tour?
I am really excited to be planning and rehearsing a new set. Keep tuned-in on my social media sites for upcoming dates.
What made you go in to music?
It’s funny but one of my biggest influences growing up was Britney Spears, I just wanted to be exactly like her, with the backing dancers, the big shows and huge infectious Pop anthems. Originally I wanted to be a dancer but I couldn’t dance to save my life, instead I took up singing and from there writing and I guess from that moment I knew music was for me, so thank you Britney, baby.
Do you play any instruments?
I play guitar but it’s rare I play it at gigs, I prefer to use it as a tool for writing
Who are your influences?
Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Alanis Morisette, Lady Gaga
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Mostly life experiences, I have learnt to take what life has to throw at you and turn it into something that can be creative and productive
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I hope to be doing a world tour and had a few albums under my belt, I like to dream big, hey!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
When I’m not in the studio you might catch, me dressed in period costume promenading around the city of Bath indulging in my love of street theatre…. always looking for an opportunity to perform.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Madonna’s ‘Like a prayer’. I used to listen to that on repeat and imagine myself performing on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury, crowd surfing and having bras thrown at me.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Never stop believing in yourself, no matter what people might say. Have strength to follow what you truly desire. Have no regrets.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Keep writing, keep practising your craft and don’t be afraid to take inspiration from the smallest of things. Value your music and don’t be too quick to sign everything away with the first opportunity you may be handed. Be prepared to work hard and research the industry. Listen to music of all genre’s and don’t be afraid to develop your style.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
I’ve always loved the quote ‘Imperfection is Beauty and Madness is Genius’.
You work with Quite Great PR , how did that come about?
I contacted a few PR companies but the one that really stood out to me was Quite Great. I watched a few of Pete’s vlogs, they were very insightful about the industry, how PR works and how it can work for the artist. The team at Quite Great are incredibly helpful and I hope to work with them again in the future.
You get off the plane in your hometown after being away;
1/ where do you go first? To my nans house
2/ who do you see first? My nan
3/ what food place do you go? Grillstock, always!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?