Nite Jewel

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Nite Jewel
Birth name Ramona Gonzalez
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Lo-fi, alternative dance, chillwave, electronic, PBR&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, multimedia artist, producer
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 2008–present
Labels Gloriette (current), Human Ear Music, No Pain in Pop, Italians Do It Better, Secretly Canadian (former)
Associated acts Dam-Funk, The Samps, Julia Holter
Website nitejewel.com

Nite Jewel is the alias of Ramona Gonzalez, singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, California.

Biography[edit]

Ramona Gonzalez began as Nite Jewel in 2008 as the result of her juggling music with undergraduate studies.[1] She cites artists such as Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey as her musical inspirations.[2] With assistance from her husband, Cole M.G.N., she created songs on a portable eight-track cassette recorder.[3] She stated that "moments of ecstasy, emotion, and hardship" were her inspiration for those recordings.[4] in 2009 she released the album Good Evening.[5]

Soon after starting her MySpace music page, her song, "Suburbia" was selected to be in Noah Baumbach's film Greenberg. Within a year she was touring European festivals.[1] Her music draws comparison to Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam.[6] Nite Jewel describes herself more as "liquid cool" citing English electronic music duo Autechre as a major musical influence.[7]

Ramona Gonzalez has a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Occidental College.[8] She is also a multimedia artist and has exhibited a number of video and sound installation pieces in the L.A area, one of which was entitled The Question Concerning Technology.[6]

December 6, 2011, Nite Jewel released her single, "She's Always Watching You".[9] On March 6, 2012, Ramona released her second album One Second of Love,[10] on Secretly Canadian. The company reissued the first album, Good Evening, on vinyl in 2012.[11]

Since releasing her debut album for Secretly Canadian, Nite Jewel has toured both North America and Europe. She performed Kraftwerk's Computer World in Los Angeles' Krautrock Classics on June 1, 2012. Later that summer, she traveled to New York City to perform in the same event at Le Poisson Rouge.[12]

On April 29, 2012, Nite Jewel performed at the Brandeis University Springfest.[13]

Gozalez left Secret Canadian and recorded her third album, Liquid Cool, that was released in in June 2016.[14]

Discography[edit]

  • Good Evening (Album - 2009)
  • Want You Back (EP - 2009)
  • You F O (Tour EP - 2009)
  • Am I Real? (EP - 2010)
  • She's Always Watching You (Vinyl - 2011)
  • It Goes Through Your Head (Vinyl - 2011)
  • One Second of Love (Album - 2012)
  • Liquid Cool (Album - 2016)

Collaborations[edit]

  • Nite Jewelia - collaboration between Nite Jewel and Julia Holter[15]
  • "Am I Gonna Make It" - Nite Funk (collaboration between Nite Jewel and Dâm-Funk)[16]
  • Heart Shaped Rock EP - Jason Grier w/Nite Jewel[17]
  • "Thinking About You" - Frank Ocean cover done by Nite Jewel & Nicholas Krgovich[18]
  • "What We See" - collaboration between Nite Jewel & Julia Holter for Dublab[19]
  • AMTHST - collaboration between Nite Jewel and Droop-E[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Breaking: Nite Jewel, www.rollingstone.com
  2. ^ Sunderman, Eric (August 3, 2012). "Nite Jewel on Her New Album, Humanizing Electronic Music, and Working on Her Image". vulture.com. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Bring in Da Kraut Funk: Nite Jewel Performs Tomorrow for Re:Play L.A., laweekly.com
  4. ^ "Panel Discussion: Future of the Music Industry |". www.oxy.edu. Occidental College. Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Nite Jewel: Good Evening Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  6. ^ a b Nite Jewel (No 614), www.guardian.co.uk
  7. ^ wNew Rock Review: Nite Jewel, wnew.radio.com
  8. ^ All Nite Jewel, hannesgrassegger.twoday.net
  9. ^ Nite Jewel, signed to independent record label [http://secretlycanadian.com/artist.php?name=nitejewel Secretly Canadian in 2011. la.thedelimagazine.com
  10. ^ New Album: Nite Jewel – One Second of Love at Pretty Much Amazing, prettymuchamazing.com
  11. ^ "Nite Jewel's bedroom disco debut, Good Evening, reissued on vinyl". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  12. ^ L.A. TACO. "Krautrock Classics: Nite Jewel & Peanut Butter Wolf To Perform Kraftwerk's Computer World ~ L.A. TACO". L.A. TACO. 
  13. ^ Nite Jewel rounds out 2012 Springfest lineup - The Arts - The Justice - Brandeis University, thejustice.org
  14. ^ "Nite Jewel: Liquid Cool Album Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  15. ^ Nite Jewelia - Julia Holter & Nite Jewel, soundcloud.com
  16. ^ Nite Funk - Am I Gonna Make It, www.thatsdeck.com
  17. ^ Heart Shaped EP (w/ Nite Jewel), soundcloud.com
  18. ^ Thinking About You (Frank Ocean cover with Nicholas Krgovich), retrieved 2016-08-25 
  19. ^ "Video: Julia Holter and Nite Jewel: "What We See" | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-08-25. 
  20. ^ "Nite Jewel and Droop-E Team for Collaborative EP as AMTHST, Share "Thug Passion" - Pitchfork".