Mongolian International Pop Star NOMINJIN Talks About Her Newest Single “Kiss Me At Midnight” and Her Upcoming EP, “Free Soul”!
Posted On 23 Jan 2019
Meet the International Pop Star, Nominjin, who recently released the music video for her brand new single “Kiss Me at Midnight”, out now. The high-energy dance track shows off Nominjin’s trademark vocal prowess that has won over fans all across the globe. With a blend of dance, soul, and pop, “Kiss Me at Midnight” is the introductory single to her upcoming EP, Free Soul, slated for an early 2019 release.
The music video is celebratory, perfect for the New Year. It was filmed in LA and incorporates choreography that plays along with the unique twist on the Cinderella story-line.
Nominjin has been captivating audiences since the young age of 12. She skyrocketed to fame in her home country of Mongolia where she became their first ever and only pop teen idol. As a multi-linguist solo artist, singing in 15 languages, Nominjin has performed and toured all across the world in more than 15 countries in front of audiences of up to 70,000 people.
With over 100K followers on Facebook, 15K on Instagram, and already 150K views on YouTube, Nominjin is enchanting audiences and fans all over the world!
Learn more about Nominjin in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you now?
Thank you so much. I’m in West Hollywood preparing for the release of my new EP.
Now that 2019 has started, what musical goals do you have yourself this new year? Did you make any new year’s resolutions?
I’d like to keep writing new songs and sharing them with the world. My goal this year is get mentally, physically and spiritually stronger so that I can be of better service to the world as an artist.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make? Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else?
When I was eleven years old I declared to my parents that I will be pursuing a career in music. Thankfully they were supportive and provided me with an environment where I can thrive. Even at a young age I recognized the value that artists bring to people’s lives. Music brought so much joy and color to my life. I thought that being a performer would help me do the same for others. I was and still am relentless in my pursuit to be the best artist I can be. I know that I will never stop learning and growing. I’ve never considered a career outside the entertainment world.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
When I was sixteen I was invited by EMI to sing in a John Lennon tribute album. It was a great honor. I’m a Soul/R&B and Pop singer, but I had the privilege to sing in three of the world’s biggest classical stages including Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium and Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. In 2017 I performed with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra at Llangollen Eisteddfod which is a festival in Wales, England held under the patronage of Prince Charles. I sang in more than 5 languages at the Gala concert of Grammy winning composer Christopher Tin on the same stage where people like the legendary Pavarotti held Gala concerts. It was a wonderful challenge for me to sing with large orchestras and choirs.
How do you think you and your music have been influenced by your hometown and where you live today? How has Mongolia influenced you?
As a singer I learned a lot from my Mongolian teachers who are experts in classical singing as well as traditional Mongolian long song. Long song is an art form which is known for the most incredible breathe control in singing. Mongolia is also known for having the best Opera singers in the world, who continue to receive Grand Prix when participating in what could be considered the Olympics of Opera such as International Tschaikovsky Competition as well as Cardiff Singer of the World. I started my music career in Mongolia when I was 12 years old. By the age of 16 I had more than a dozen #1 hits as a singer-songwriter. I was Mongolia’s first ever teen pop idol and the first artist to sing Soul/R&B. I moved to LA when I was 17 to pursue my music career. My mother married my American father when I was a little girl who introduced me to many legends and a lot of the music that I write as a songwriter is heavily influenced by old school American artists such as Sam Cooke, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bonnie Raitt.
Let’s talk about your new single, “Kiss Me at Midnight.” What was the inspiration for this track? How do you think it shows how you have grown as an artist over the years?
Kiss me at midnight is a song that I wrote a while back. One day a melody popped into my head which surprised me with its Latin influence. My father who speaks fluent Spanish from his days living in Latin America helped me come up with the line La Vida Nos Inspira. I was then inspired to write lyrics about dancing all night with the love of your life. I’m a romantic at heart and you will see that from the rest of the songs of the EP. I sat down with my arranger/producer and we came up with a super old school and musically rich track. At the end of the day music is about expressing what feels true for you in that moment and pouring your heart and soul into it. I used to be a very serious kid but as an adult I’m becoming more carefree and fearless in my approach to life and in my creation of music. Perhaps, people will hear that in the choices that I made with this record.
How excited are you to be releasing your upcoming EP, “Free Soul”? Did anything surprise you about making this collection of music? What is the release date?
It was exhilarating to merge my musical influences together in creating the “Free Soul” EP which will be released on February 14th 2019. I keep telling people it is basically a Frank Sinatra meets Stevie Wonder kind of record. At least that is what I had in my mind. Ever since I was 15 years old I have been writing songs reminiscent of the Golden Era of Hollywood. As a singer I love singing Soul music. So, you will get a little bit of Pop, Soul, R&B and Jazz with this EP.
What was it like making the music video for “Kiss Me at Midnight”? How creatively involved were you with the entire process?
Sara Von Gillern is an incredible choreographer who has worked with Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Maddie Ziegler. She brought extremely talented dancers to be a part of the video. Basically, Sara, myself, the script-writer and the director sat down to brainstorm and our writer came up with the idea of a Burning Man themed Ball which we called the Burner’s Ball. And you will see that we also used a classic fairy-tale story in which the main twist is revealed at the very end. It was a thrill to collaborate with many amazing artists and I loved the incorporation of dance styles such as samba and vogue.
What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?
Until recently, I was not very good at staying on top of my social media accounts. I’ve started being more active and within a month I’ve seen growth in the tens of thousands. I’m definitely challenging myself to stay more connected with my fans. I guess my current favorite way to connect with fans is performing for them as often as I can. Besides my original music I’ve recently started a YouTube channel in which I cover songs for my fans.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
There are countless amazing artists that I’ve learned from and continue to learn from. I’d love to collaborate with Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and Rag’n Bone Man.
If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island forever, what musical item would you take with you and why?
That is difficult question. Probably, my piano. If not, I guess I’ll survive by singing or humming acapella which is how I start writing new songs.
If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?
I love Westworld but I’d have to write something fitting for the storyline. I’d love to sing the theme song for a superhero movie. The songs from my “Free Soul” EP would be perfect for a romantic comedy or a “Singing In The Rain” style film.
What has been a favorite show of yours in the past? What do you think makes an ideal show for you? Do you have any tour dates you would like to tell our readers about?
Each and every show is a shared experience with the audience that it is hard to pick a favorite. I’ve performed in more than 15 countries. I also sing in many languages which is my way of celebrating the cultures that I come across. I enjoy singing in front of a small audience as much as I enjoy singing in front of 70,000 people. For me an ideal show would be an incredible live band. I admire Tina Turner and her incredible energy on stage and I dream of putting on a show like her. I do not have tour dates at the moment but I’ll let you know when I do.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? I’d like to know more about how you want your music to be timeless?
I hope my fans will feel uplifted through my songs. I don’t know if anyone can predict if a song can stand the test of time or not. All I can do is create from a place of authenticity and hopefully people will listen to and enjoy the music for a long time.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
I’m just a girl from Mongolia with big dreams of sharing my art with the world. I hope you will check out “Free Soul” EP coming on Feb 14th. I’d love to hear what you think about it.