Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia singer-songwriter Nadia Vaeh has released a brand new single Monroe a track that focuses on women’s empowerment and promotes women supporting each other. We were lucky enough to interview Nadia Vaeh on her latest release and more.
Tell me who Nadia Vaeh is using three words.
Aware, creative, and a bit of a rollercoaster
Who would you say influenced you most musically growing up?
The moment I knew I wanted to be an artist, I was seven years old. I was singing in the bathroom and I walked out to my Aunt asking if that was really me singing. Then just a few years later I was writing poetry with my mother and soon that transformed into songwriting. Songwriting and singing have always been a way for me to better understand myself and those around me. It’s a form of expression that helps heal every wound and what keeps me going is knowing my songs can help others heal as well. My motivations always fluctuate and change, but this one always remains constant.
The singers, songwriters, and musicians I was and am influenced by are more than we have time and space for, but I would say I was hugely impacted by classics like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Pat Benatar, Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Etc. but then also really took to Nirvana, Sublime, The Pixes, Smashing Pumpkins, Etc. In the pop realm of things I really admire artists like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Bishop Briggs, Anne-Marie, Etc. I just love all genres of music and pull inspiration from everywhere!
Would you say that you still look up to those musicians today or have your musical influences changed over the years?
I still draw inspiration from these musicians. Their work is classic and has survived the test of time but I definitely consume more pop and indie pop music than I did before since it’s now my main playground for songwriting.
What motivates you most to make music?
I am motivated to write music that has a message that brings awareness to an issue or a cause, such as women’s empowerment, mental health, or abuse. I also like to make songs that have a fun upbeat vibe to them as well. It doesn’t always have to be a perfectly crafted message, but I want each of my songs to be a vibe that takes the energy of a room and just makes it better. I write for my sanity as well. Each song is a healing experience from start to finish. Demo to the Spotify mix/master is a beautiful growing pain.
Do you write your own music?
Yes. I write my own music but also create music in collaboration with other talented songwriters. Sometimes a song will start with me going to a collaborator or my team with an idea or concept and describing what I’m hearing or feeling vibe-wise. Other times I already have a hook or full-song fleshed out and we build on sounds from there.
What inspired your new single Monroe?
So, Monroe is not only inspired by the women mentioned in the song, but by all women that have impacted my growth. I would not be the artist or person I am today without these inspirations or friendships. I think I also drew a lot from the long-lost not-so empowered place I used to live. Coming from such a contrast really created the need for this song to be born as a way to understand what I need as a woman to feel and be my best self.
Were there any aspects of this track that you found challenging?
This song has had many versions and like every song is a lengthy and intensively detailed process to finish. It is fun to listen to early versions of the song and realize that the many years it took to create it, resulted in paving the way to my own place of actual empowerment. It was a physical manifestation of how I wanted to feel and not an easy growth process at all. They don’t call it growing pains for no reason! This song took a tribe of creatives and a whole lotta 3am mix sessions, recuts, and rewrites to make it the song it is today.
How would you like the audience to be left feeling after hearing this track?
I want my audience to be moved and inspired. I want them to know that they can achieve their dreams and look to the successful women who have carved pathways for us. It is through helping others achieve the success that we too can achieve. Finally, I want audiences to feel like moving to the music and within their communities. When I set out to make the music for this song, I wanted it to have a positive vibration.
What does Monroe mean to you, personally?
Monroe is a women’s empowerment anthem. This song began as a journey of self-acceptance and my goal with this song and all that surrounds it is to; inspire women to feel confident and comfortable in their bodies, feel powerful when speaking their minds, and sharing what is in their hearts. I also want to encourage women to work together to help each other build themselves up and in turn, rebuild this world. Women are already such strong and powerful beings; together we are capable of even more.
What are the three goals you would like to achieve in the next three years musically?
I want to keep growing as a writer, singer, and performer but I also hope for my art to lend more and more to others’ creativity. Dancers, painters, filmmakers…I want to hear my music in a shop or driving down the road. I dream of also doing a full-blown international tour experience with roadies and show designers.
What is your next step?
Next up, I have tons more music to share and always creating more. I also plan to tour around when the state of things calm down and I am really looking forward to making it back to my hometown for shows sooner rather than later.
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