Nina Nesbitt: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Nina Nesbitt: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt makes what she likes to call “suburban pop,” a mingling of her Scottish upbringing with all the music she experienced in her new home of London: pop, R&B, acoustic, etc.

On the heels of her singles “The Best You Had” and “The Moments I’m Missing,” Nesbitt is working on a new record, as well as songs for artists like Jessie Ware. “I basically split my time between writing for other artists and then also being an artist. So a lot of the album’s kind of written accidentally,” she tells TIDAL.

“I’d be in the studio every day with other artists, either writing for them or writing just big pop songs,” she adds. “And then I’d get home at night and be like, ‘Just gonna write that one more line…’ And that’s how the record came about. It feels like the musical version of me. It’s less about heartbreak and more about personal growth and finding yourself again.”

Nesbitt stopped by TIDAL to chat about five albums that changed her life as she puts the finishing touches on her upcoming release.

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Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago

I was in high school when that came out. And I was basically uneducated in music. I don’t come from a musical family or anything. They never sat me down and were like, ‘This is Dylan; this is the Beatles.’ I had a friend at school called Becky and she was really into music and she discovered all these cool things. She introduced me to ‘Skinny Love’ by Bon Iver. And that kind of started my journey.

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill

I just loved how open she was, lyrically, about everything. When I heard that I was like, ‘This is cool, this is quite outrageous.’ It made me think about how I write my lyrics. I want to be able to say what everyone’s thinking but maybe doesn’t say. Definitely encouraged me.

Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

I heard a song called ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ and I was like, ‘Oh my God this song is amazing.’ I never really listened to ‘90s or R&B music before and it really caught my ear. The rhythm, the melodies, the lyrics — in that song it’s just a complete ramble of lyrics, which I really liked.

Destiny’s Child, The Writing’s on the Wall

Banging album. Some of my favorite songs. The melodies of ‘90s R&B I’m really drawn to. I’m definitely influenced by this album.

Taylor Swift, Fearless

One album that really did change my life when I was younger was Taylor Swift’s Fearless. It kind of taught me that you don’t have to have a million pounds or a fancy studio to make a record. You could just sit with your guitar. She had a song called ‘Fifteen.’ I’ve seen her perform it with just her guitar and I was like, ‘I could do that. I’m gonna go get a guitar.’ So I went to Argo’s, which is a really crappy store. And I got a $25 acoustic guitar, and I sat learning it on Ultimate Guitar.

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