Nessa is the dreamy London-based artist with her feet firmly on the ground
by - Argjela Mani

London-based singer-songwriter Nessa is inspired by everything and nothing at the same time. Although she takes influences from icons like Amy Winehouse and The Jackson 5 to name a few, she’s also keen to cultivate her own musical journey – by being patient with herself.

For Nessa, this means trusting in her own timing and experiences, which proves one of the most difficult tasks for artists right now as they’re constantly pitted against each other in the industry. But as she starts to cement her own sound – a blend of ethereal vocals that effortlessly coat melodies with sweetness and pen her lyrics her way, Nessa has started to get a glimpse of her own greatness.

We caught up with the artists as she lets us into her creative process, LA and some of her favourite covers.

Talk to me about your creative process

My process so far has been somewhat hectic but equally as exciting. I spend most of my time in the studio writing and coming up with different melodies and concepts to write about. I only recently came back from LA where I worked with some of the most amazing people in the industry and I think out of all the places I’ve travelled to for music, that’s where I felt most inspired.

When are you the most inspired?

I’m always inspired to write. I’m one of those people where If I see a word or phrase I like, I’ll write it down and save it for when I’m next in the studio. I’m quite an emotional person and I blame that on being a Scorpio 

 I may sound crazy saying this but there are times where I love being sad as that’s when I do my best work. I love travelling, whether that be for music or just a holiday – being away also inspires me quite heavily as it’s nice to be in a different environment, you see different things, different people and that’s what sparks creativity and imagination. A Change of scenery is definitely important.

What’s the toughest thing about writing your own lyrics?

I think the toughest part about writing my own lyrics is the fact that it comes from a place of truth and honesty. Being honest with yourself isn’t always as easy as we think it is and writing my experiences and feelings down can be quite tough as it is for anyone but again, that’s where I find I come up with my most candid work.

What barriers have you faced thus far and what advice would you give creatives facing similar barriers?

Being a musician in this day and age can be very demanding due to social media. It’s very easy to be compared to other people doing similar things and that’s the tough part. I have definitely been put in that boat a couple of times and it can make you question your work and whether it’s good enough and silly things like that but if you believe in it and you work on and nurture your craft then you gotta keep going. You will feel like you’re getting sidetracked and distracted but its a tough game and comparing yourself to others can be seen in many positive and healthy ways to some degree. It’s okay to see other artists thriving and wanting that too but beating yourself up about not being on their level can affect you and can cause you to overthink things. Everyone’s journey is different.

What’s your favourite song to cover and why?

I grew up listening to quite a few jazz, soul R&B artists such as Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Amy winehouse, Ella Fitzgerald etc. But my favourite song of all time would definitely have to be The Jackson 5 – Who’s Lovin You.

If you could tour with any artist, who would it be and why?

It’s so hard picking an artist I’d go on tour with as I have so many favourites! But if I absolutely HAD to choose an artist, I would have to go with Khalid as he’s literally on repeat right now!

What’s next for Nessa?

I have so many exciting things coming up. I’m supposed to be going back to LA sometime soon to add a few finishing touches on some songs of mine. I’ve been working on my project for soooo long now and I’m definitely hoping to release by this year, beginning of next year latest! But for now, I’m definitely focusing on building my catalogue of songs so I’ll be spending a lot more time in the studio for sure.