Nina (musician)

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NINA
NINA - Carnival Night Cover.jpg
Background information
Birth nameNina Boldt
Born (1983-09-29) 29 September 1983 (age 38)
Berlin, Germany
GenresSynthwave, electronic
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer
Years active2011–present
LabelsIndependent (Aztec Records, Lakeshore Records)
Websiteiloveninamusic.com

Nina Boldt aka NINA (born 29 September 1983) is a German singer-songwriter based in London and Berlin. Her music is a fusion of Pop, New Wave, and Electronic music.[citation needed] She released her debut album Sleepwalking in 2018 and her follow-up album Synthian in 2020. Her third major release Control (feat. Laura Fares (also known as LAU)) was released as an EP via Lakeshore Records and features samples from Cliff Martinez' Drive film score.

Career[edit]

In 2014, Nina released the single "My Mistake" which was included in a compilation by Hugo Boss.[1] Following the release of the single "We Are the Wild Ones", Nina performed four shows in Florida supporting British synth pop duo Erasure on "The Violet Flame" tour. She also performed at Liverpool Sound City music festival. "We Are the Wild Ones" was used in Syfy's TV series "Being Human". The official music video for the song was premiered by The Huffington Post.[2] In 2015, "My Mistake" was used in a radio and TV commercial by Mercedes Benz;[3] the song subsequently reached number 6 on Shazam's charts.[4]

"Beyond Memory" was produced by Richard X and co-produced by Sunglasses Kid. The single was premiered by Idolator, who described it as "a slice of mid-tempo moodiness overflowing with Nina's longing, and Richard X's haunting synths".[5] Idolator included "Beyond Memory" in the "Top 10 EPs & Mixtapes of 2016" list.[6] "Beyond Memory" was played on BBC Introducing in July 2016. The EP features remixes by Ministry of Sound DJs Nilesh Parmar and Liam Keegan, as well as Swedish producer, Oscillian.[7]

Nina released her fourth single "One of Us" in collaboration with Metropolis Studios and M:UK label. The single was co-written by Nina, Laura Fares, and Oscillian and mixed by British audio engineer Liam Nolan. It was premiered by PopCrush who described it as similar to "Like A Virgin-era Madonna".[8] That year, Nina performed at synth wave festivals around Europe such as "Outland" and "Retro Future Festival".

Nina's debut album 'Sleepwalking' was released on Aztec Records on March 16, 2018. The Electricity Club described the album's title track as "a wonderfully moonlit pop number with a Eurocentric sensibility that will also act as perfect to soundtrack a West Coast night drive".[9] In November 2018, Nina performed six shows in the U.S. alongside Canadian synth pop band Parallels.[10] Nina released her single "The Calm Before the Storm" as part of Adult Swim's "Fever Dreams" synth wave compilation.[11]

In 2019 Nina Boldt appeared in the documentary film The Rise of the Synths, appearing alongside various other composers from the Synthwave scene, including filmmaker John Carpenter who also narrated the film which explored the origins and growth of the genre.

In 2020, Nina departed from her previous record label, Aztec Records and became an independent artist. Later that year, she collaborated with synthwave artist Essenger on a cover of the hit song "Nightcall" by French electronic artist Kavinsky. The single was released by Fixed Neon. Her follow-up EP ‘Control’ was released by Lakeshore Records and samples Cliff Martinez’ score from the feature film ‘Drive’.

2021 saw Nina release a series of new singles. The song "Berlin" was written in collaboration with Swedish synthpop band The Secret Chord and was named after Nina’s home city. She later self-released "Carnival Night", which was co-written and produced by electronic rock artist Radio Wolf. The song received praise by music blogs; Wonderland Magazine called it “…masterful…”.[12] She then released another single in collaboration with Radio Wolf and Ricky Wilde called "Gold Heart". In December 2021, the Indie Horror feature film ‘There’s No Such Thing As Vampires’ was released, along with Nina's song "I'll Wait", which was a collaboration with the film's director Logan Thomas. The song was the soundtracks' lead single.  

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Sleepwalking (2018)
  • Synthian (2020)
  • Synthian (The Remixes) (2020)

EPs[edit]

  • We Are The Wild Ones (2013)
  • My Mistake (2014)
  • Beyond Memory (2016)
  • Control (feat. LAU) (2020)

Singles[edit]

  • "Take Me Away" (2012)
  • "Heart Of Glass" (Blondie cover) (2015)
  • "Beyond Memory" (2016)
  • "One Of Us" (2017)
  • ”The Calm Before The Storm” (2018)
  • "Automatic Call" (2019)
  • "Carnival Night" (2021)
  • "Gold Heart" (2021)
  • "I'll Wait" (2021)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In conversation with Nina | The Playground". www.theplayground.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  2. ^ "Nina Hypnotizes With Electropop Earworm 'We Are The Wild Ones' (EXCLUSIVE)". Huffington Post. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  3. ^ "Mercedes-Benz – C-Class 2016". tvadmusic.co.uk. 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  4. ^ "Shazam". Shazam. Retrieved 2022-02-04.
  5. ^ "Nina's "Beyond Memory": Listen To The Richard X-Produced Title Track From her EP". Idolator. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  6. ^ "The 10 Best EPs & Mixtapes Of 2016". idolator. Retrieved 2022-02-04.
  7. ^ "Beyond Memory, by NINA". NINA. Retrieved 2022-02-04.
  8. ^ Russell, Erica. "Nina Delivers Retro-Futuristic Synth-Pop on 'One of Us'". PopCrush. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  9. ^ "Nina Interview". The Electricity Club. 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  10. ^ Andrew Zistler (2018-10-03). "Nina and Parallels Announce US Tour!". NewRetroWave - Stay Retro! | Live The 80's Dream!. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  11. ^ "Alice Glass, Survive, Marie Davidson, More on New Adult Swim Comp: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  12. ^ "Pop Artist NINA Unveils Her Synth-Infused Track "Carnival Night"". Wonderland. 2021-07-01. Retrieved 2022-03-01.

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