Nase is an RnB and Soul artist from London, and a member of the group Code Ninety. He’s just released his latest track Mixed Messages on Soundcloud and performed at YouTube Space. We had a chat about what music means to him and his tips on how to break into the London music scene. He even gives us a cheeky taste of his summer BBQ playlist.
How did it all start for you in music?
Ever since I can remember, music has always played a big part in my life. My dad was always playing the piano and he was the choir leader at our church. So, I grew up singing in church and that’s really where it all started. Since then, I started to write my own songs, perform, collaborate and work on my artistry.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is RnB and soul with a mix of Alternative and Hip-Hop.
Your latest track ‘Mixed Messages’ is out now on Soundcloud – what does this track mean to you?
Mixed Messages is one of my favourite songs that I’ve put out recently because it’s simple yet relatable. It came from a personal experience where I felt like I was getting mixed messages and I just wanted to know where we stood and what the deal was. So many people have messaged me saying how they can relate to the lyrics and ultimately, that’s what I love to hear. I want people to feel they can connect or relate in some way.
Parties N Heartbreaks mixtape @CodeNinety @Nase_music Instagram
You’re a member of the group Code Ninety – how did you get involved together?
I met Vemedy whilst we were part of another group. The group fell through, but Vemedy and I stayed in contact. We wrote a song called ‘All Week’ and shot a video. That’s where I met Jadata. We all started hanging out, writing, jamming and then started recording tracks. Everything was really organic and wasn’t forced; we liked how well we worked together. Our name, ‘Code Ninety’ stands for ‘Chasing Our Dreams Endlessly’ and is influenced by the ninety’s. After that, the rest is history. We put out a mixtape called ‘Parties N Heartbreaks’ that went to Top 20 on iTunes RnB/Soul Charts and hosted a launch party. Since then, we’ve continued to create music, perform all over the UK and Europe and create new content.
You all performed at YouTube Space recently, how was that for you?
Yes! It was really cool. It was good to be in a space with so many different creatives from; Videographers, Producers, and Singers to Event Planners and Vloggers. We got to meet and network with other creatives, which was great.
“Music is something that often gets me through rough times.”
How do you stay motivated and inspired to write music?
I think what motivates me is my drive and passion. Music is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m not one to just quit when times get rough. Music is something that often gets me through rough times. As far as inspiration goes; right now, everyday life inspires me. Real life experiences are where I tend to draw most inspiration from. But also from art, movies or quotes. I always have my notes open or voice notes on standby, so that as soon as an idea comes to me, I can get it down quickly. Even if it’s just one line or humming a melody.
If you were to collaborate with any other musician, who would it be?
There are so many good artists in the industry who I respect and would love to work with. If I had to name a few they would be: Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Angel, Stormzy, Kehlani, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.
Any mantras before you step on stage to perform?
Not exactly, it’s more about getting into the right mindset and preparing myself for the stage. I’m always a little nervous before I perform, so it’s about bringing the right energy, drinking water, taking deep breaths and giving myself and my team, some words of encouragement.
@CodeNinety @Nase_music Instagram
Do you have any tips for artists looking to break into the music industry?
The main thing would be; don’t feel like you have a to spend a lot of money! There are so many affordable and accessible apps and programs you can use such as, GarageBand and Pro Tools. I purchased a mic and interface and started to record and mix in my room.
If you are looking for a studio; definitely do some research online first to see where suits you. Also, there’s Roundhouse in Camden which is the perfect place for creatives 25 and under. They have very affordable prices and multiple midi rooms, practise rooms, and studios. They’re the first place I went to when I moved to London.
What should we keep an eye out for?
I’m currently building content and working on a solo EP. I’ve also got a couple of features coming soon and a bunch of songs and videos with Code Ninety (stay tuned!).
Do you have a dream within music?
I guess my dream within music is to reach as many people as I can and write songs that people can relate to. I want to travel the world and be able to share my music with different people, countries and cultures.
“As long as I get to do music for the rest of my life, I will be happy.”
Where can we find you?
Fun and random questions …
Summer is approaching! Pick 5 songs for your BBQ playlist.
Powerglide – Rae Sremmurd , B.I.D – Tory Lanez, Gods Plan – Drake , Chun-Li – Nicki Minaj, Did You See – JHus
What’s your favourite backstage snack?
Water and chocolate chip cookies from Subway.
Your favourite word?
Hmm… I’ve been saying Litty a lot lol (another way of saying cool, sick or awesome … FYI)
Choose a super power!
A Mix of super speed and Invisibility.