Monday is here, and we’re counting down to the new term in the UK and Germany!
The new week brings a brand new Track of the Week. Pop and R&B meets an array of world music in BIMM London Alumna Nikita Bassi’s latest release. ‘Oh Lover’ is a stunning track and we are loving it this morning.
What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
‘Oh Lover’ was actually written for a BIMM project! I forget exactly what the brief was, but it did 100% draw back to an experience of mine. I wrote it originally with just piano, vocal and some layered up sound effects, but when I started working with Cores (Alex ‘Cores’ Hayes) we decided to ask his brother (Ed Hayes) and best friend (Hannah V) to get involved too. They’re all SO talented and brought so much to the tune – electric guitar, authentic piano Vs my original midi keys, and this kind of sinister string arrangement that Hannah added.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
Yes, I love London Grammar, Billie Eillish, Seinabo Sey, Lana del Rey and Nelly Furtado (huge Nelly fan!). I also listen to a lot of Julie London and Frank Sinatra.
What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
I guess the World/Fusion aspect of my sound is a little different. It’s something I genuinely enjoy doing and it also connects me with my Punjabi Indian heritage, so it’s important to me for that reason. It’s not always necessarily Indian sounds though – we’ve used a Persian santoor, djembe drums, shakers, steel drums.. whatever feels right for the song.
How does your songwriting process work?
It varies really – sometimes I start with a chord pattern and sometimes I start with a vocal line, which I tend to put an effect on then build around it. I write a lot of poetry too, so sometimes I’ll remember a poem that fits the music I’ve just created and piece everything together.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Celebration of diversity.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
Honestly, for me, BIMM was my awkward teenage years. If I could go back, I would have jumped more at the many opportunities BIMM offered. But, stage fright and numerous confidence issues meant I massively avoided venturing outside of my comfort zone.
Equally, sometimes you have to go through these things to learn your lesson, and I did work on overcoming these obstacles when I graduated. I met people at BIMM who taught me so much as both friends and musicians. And Josh Darby (who I met at BIMM) plays drums for me now when I play live shows. The fact that BIMM allows you to be around music constantly and learn from people with different musical backgrounds and tastes, is really special.
What’s next for you?
Working on my craft, working on myself, continuing to learn about navigating this crazy industry! But also just making sure I’m enjoying it. I’m making an EP with a friend of mine who is an amazing producer/DJ, so I’m excited to get that out in the world too.