Get to know the synth-pop artist Nae! Released on January 10th, her latest single “80’s Arcade” is an addictive track.
Having a strong passion to perform, she uses personal lyricism to keep a consistent theme throughout each song she writes. With an ambitious artistry, Nae has collaborated with a multitude of up and coming producers to plant her feet into the world of pop. Her intimate and genuine approach to the genre is parallel to her personal happenings, striving to operate on honesty and relatability in her craft.
Nae’s single “80’s Arcade” is an electric burst of synth candy, filled to the brim with addictive melodies and pulsating production. A rising electro-pop gem, Nae is refreshingly engaging and raw.
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Learn more about Nae in the following All Access interview-
Happy New Year! When it comes to your music, what are you most excited about for 2020?
I’m so thrilled to be creating more sounds, more lyrics, and ultimately more songs to give to the world. It makes me incredibly happy to see other people enjoying the music I create. I know 2020 is going to be the year I start performing my music and I’m pumped about that! I miss the stage.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be a musician? What do you think motivated you day in and day out?
Yes, the first time I performed in middle school stole my heart. I really felt the words in the song and sang my heart out. I didn’t want to leave the stage. I always knew I wanted to be a performer with a large crowd, but January 2019 is when I decided I wanted to make my own music. I want to own the stage and sing what I write. I crave that feeling and I won’t stop until I get it.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the kind of music that you make? If not, why is that?
I grew up not too far from Tampa Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and spent lots of weekend there watching artists perform. I’ve seen pop stars there and many country stars. Clearwater/Tampa isn’t more into one genre of music than another. I actually love listening to country music and going to country concerts, however, they tend to be on the slower, sadder side. I always admired a pop performer just due to the energy the music can have. I wouldn’t say my hometown had a huge influence on this choice!
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Was your family and friends supportive of this career choice? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing?
Music has always been what I run to when I’m happy and when I’m sad. I don’t know if the world could go around without music. I love the emotion music illustrates. Although music is just words, sometimes it’s easier to say them in the form of a song. That’s what I love. Yes, everyone around me is supportive of my decision to the best of my knowledge. They know how rough it is to become a well known artist, but I’ve always been the one to take the risk. Hmmm, I would probably see myself as a traveling sales representative. I like staying busy, seeing new places, and I’ve always been a good sales lady.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all? What has been the best part about it all?
I didn’t realize how much work it is to build your own brand, your own business. From building a website to updating social media to creating a logo for merchandise, creating words and sounds in the studio. It’s completely understandable but it definitely caught me off guard at first!
Let’s talk about your newest music. What was the inspiration for your latest fun single, “80’s Arcade”?
I really wish I was fortunate enough to live in the 80’s. I’m a huge fan of the hair, the clothing style, the black and white images. I wanted to write an upbeat pop song about life in the 80’s. After seeing an old, inoperable arcade at the studio, I decided to put the two ideas into one! I can’t imagine much negativity running through an arcade back in that time. An arcade was, and still is, a spot to go and have a good time!
Do you have plans to release more new music soon and a full collection of new songs?
Absolutely! I have 3 songs already completed and ready for their release. I’ll be working on another song this month. All of them will be released this year, starting with a new song called ‘Great Escape’ coming out in February.
Do you have any tour dates scheduled for this year yet?
I have no concrete dates scheduled just yet, but I will have some very soon!
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music? What if anything has stayed the same about your music-making process?
Since the first day I walked in the studio cluelessly wanting to be an artist to now, I feel like a whole new person. Now, I see situations in my life in a different light. I go through something and I write it down in a journal. I collect my thoughts, feelings, and adventures. Being a musician has motivated me to be more aware and alert of the world around me. I feel like I’ve grown up immensely. I look at my problems in the face and music is helping me develop a way to put my life into words. My style hasn’t changed since the beginning. I still love creating a synth pop style.
How do you feel about social media? What do you think social media has done for your career so far?
It sucks how much time I should spend on my phone posting on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc to help promote my page. I honestly don’t think I do well enough. I always try to give everyone around me as much full attention as I can and sometimes social media interrupts that. At the same time, I’m extremely thankful for social media because it allows me to share my journey with my followers and keep them updated. It’s just the way of communicating today and plays a huge role in growing your business as an artist. Social media has helped me gain a large amount of my following.
What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I am dreaming of the day I get to work with Halsey. She’s my biggest inspiration right now. In the country world, I’d love to work with Kelsea Ballerini and Carrie Underwood.
If you could design your dream music video right now, what would it look like?
I would have a beautiful grand piano dropped off somewhere in the middle of nowhere with beautiful scenery wearing a massive purple prom-like dress. I picture me playing this piano while I sing the lyrics to my song. I imagine this to be such a beautiful, empowering image. One day I will make this happen.
Where would you love to hear a song of yours played?
Oh goodness, I’d love to hear one of my songs played on the radio. In October 2018, I was in Wellington, Fl at a horse competition and heard Halsey’s ‘New Americana’ play all over the speakers while riders from all over the United States were there competing. This was the first time I had heard this song, and I still love it to this day. I dream about the day I compete on my horse and hear my music through the speakers. That would be so sick!
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope every song teaches them more and more about who I am. I want them to learn what I love and what I hate. I create organic music for my fans to create a relationship with them. There’s no solid relationship built on lies. I really hope people will be able to relate to the music and enjoy it as much as I do!