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Festival
Berlin
4 → 6 Nov
2020000

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Music Festival
Berlin

Nia Archives

Saturday 5 November
9:00 pm ― silent green | Kuppelhalle

Forming a close community of like-minded ravers, she felt emboldened to take the mic at house parties to sing and freestyle. After working with other producers for a while, she decided to take the reins and download a cracked version of Logic aged 16, teaching herself production. Having progressed from Youtube tutorials, she’s now at uni in London to learn music business and production. Her music channels influences like Roots Manuva, Burial, Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, Erykah Badu, Kelis, Lemon D, Jennifer Lara and her jungle hero Roni Size. Her heartfelt, melodic take on jungle is a hark back to the genre’s origins in the 90s, moving away from the big foghorn basslines of contemporary DnB for a chilled out, sun-soaked vibe.

In the move from Manchester to London, Nia has expanded her base of collaborators, working with Red Light, IZCO, Jakwob, V Recordings and more. After growing up in predominantly white areas, being around greater cultural diversity has made her feel that anything is possible for her. A big goal of hers is to make an album using live musicians, as well as travelling to Jamaica to record reggae which she would then sample into jungle. On the cusp of beginning her career, Nia is inspired by the possibility of building something for herself completely off her own back. “I literally come from nothing so to be where I’m at now keeps me motivated. If you love something and you really want to do it, you have to keep working hard at it. You can achieve anything you want to achieve.”