Q&A Scene: Nussy

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Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

It’s so exciting to be putting out new music this early in 2017. ‘Hard as Diamonds’ is a bit more upbeat than my 2016 releases so it’s really great to see people responding so well to it! Like my previous releases, ‘Hard as Diamonds’ is still dark but tinged with a nice message. As we get a bit older and a bit jaded, it’s easy to put up walls to protect ourselves from being hurt, but this track is about recognising the beauty in someone’s soul, even so. Diamonds are the strongest rock, yet they are also the most beautiful. It’s also really great to be able to tour this single – it’s so much fun to play live – and I have a few shows lined up to celebrate it! I’ll be kicking off the tour at Gaytimes Festival on February 18, then playing with a great group of artists including Tigertown and Lanks at Howler in Melbourne on February 25, and then heading up to Sydney in March and I cannot wait!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

If I had to describe my sound in food form, it would have to be one of those ice-cream cakes that you get when you have a McDonald’s birthday party as a kid. Lots of flavours = lots of influences, and the sprinkles on top? Well they are like an edible form of glittery fairy dust, which I live for and bring to my sound in the form of shimmering synths.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

People are really digging ‘Hard as Diamonds’, I think because it’s quite relatable. As I said earlier, I think as we get older, it’s just second nature to put these walls up to keep from being hurt but we all want people to see our inner beauty.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

I was playing in Hobart at the beginning of last year and myself and my band had booked a really nice apartment on Airbnb to stay in. We had finished sound check and had some dinner and we’re playing for a few hours so thought we would go back to the apartment for a nap. The two boys in my band were fast asleep when I heard footsteps and a man’s voice outside the apartment and starting freaking out that someone was going to break in. The man came to the door and I was in absolute shock thinking, “This person is coming in, what do I do?!” When he opened the door, it turned out to be my younger brother who had flown down after work to surprise me! I was like a stunned mullet! But it was a really lovely surprise and we had a great night.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Anywhere and everywhere. A songwriter a collaborated with when I was much younger once said to me, “You have to write what you know” and that mantra has stayed with me ever since. I think it’s important to write from a place of truth. Whether the story has happened to myself or to someone I know, it’s always based on truth. I think that’s the best way to be relatable. People can see a phony a mile away!

Which song do you wish you wrote?

‘Dancing on my Own’ by Robyn. It’s my ultimate girl-power, pick-me-up tune! Good to sing along to in the shower, car, club – wherever. It’s just one of those songs that totally inspires me to do me!

What’s next for you?

I’m always writing new music so 2017 will have some more in store. Keep your eyes and ears open!

What’s your scene?

Anywhere that there’s fluff and sparkles!

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The vibrant and unstoppable NUSSY has today announced her new single Hard As Diamonds, an exploration of the human reaction to hurt and turmoil, out on Jan 30.  The thrilling synth-pop artist has also announced a lustrous clip to accompany the track, produced in collaboration with Dan Smith of Head On Media (Gorman, Jo Mercer) and she’ll be performing a string of shows in Melbourne and Sydney throughout February and March 2017, kicking off at Gaytimes Festival at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort on February 18, then moving through to Howler in Melbourne, Marley Bar in Sydney and finishing the run at Oxford Art Factory of March 17.

A song that would fit perfectly on the Stranger Things (Netflix) soundtrack, Hard As Diamonds opens with a solo, glitchy synthesiser, easing the listener into the secure sinewave wonderland of the track like a slow dive to the bottom of a cool, still pool. [pullquote]NUSSY reflects on the track, “Hard As Diamonds is about a person who has become jaded and built up walls to protect themselves  from being hurt.  It’s about trying to unlock the beauty that is still evident within their soul.” [/pullquote]The track builds and reaches an intriguing climax as a distorted guitar solo sits eccentrically atop the electronic atmosphere, all the while, as unphased and disarming as ever, NUSSY sings intimately, wooing the listener with unique sincerity.  Modern and on-trend, the clip for Hard As Diamonds is a testament to NUSSY and her ever-present finger on the pulse.  Drawing upon strong, feminine themes explored in previous videos such as that of My Heroin, the Hard As Diamonds clip represents NUSSY as thrilling, genuine yet mysterious as her songs would have audiences expect.  Speaking on the conception of the video, NUSSY says, Coming up with the concept for the video clip was a collaborative effort between myself, my management and Dan Smith who directed the clip.  The story centres around a tough chick who drives around the city to embark on a mysterious mission.  We drew a lot of influence from the film Drive and TV series Stranger Things.”

An effervescent performer such as NUSSY cannot be kept from the stage for long, and audiences would be foolish to miss these upcoming performances from the outstanding pop vocalist.  Thrilled to be getting back on the road and into venues, NUSSY looks back on the last 12 months and ahead to the upcoming year, I had a really great year in 2016, putting out three singles and can’t wait to continue to release more music in 2017.  I have been writing new tunes so I’m definitely keen to get it all out into the world!”


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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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