Nancie is a multi-talented female artist (DJ, Producer, Singer, and Songwriter) who is making a name for herself in the UK scene. The rising star proves she can put anyone to dance with her new single “Get Likes”. A housey tune that revolves around our exaggerated need for social media. Find out her point of views, plus more right here!
1 — First of all, how would you define your music style?
I love House music; I play House, I write songs to be turned into a House track. House music is what I grew up listening to. In terms of songwriting; I always write about personal events. People say music is a type of therapy which I couldn’t agree with more. At first, it’s daunting to be so vulnerable and showcase something you are going through, opening up for criticism and negative feedback; however, so incredibly lifting to discover you are not alone and that a lot of people can relate to your lyrics.
2 — Tell us about the first song that put Nancie on the map of the electronic music world.
My first song “Get Likes’ signed to Capitol UK Records. It’s very much tongue and cheek about the growing obsession around Social Media.
3 — If you had to choose only one: Producing or DJing, which would it be?
This is like choosing between “Cheese and Crackers”; they both compliment one another. Producing to me is extremely personal as you are creating something that was not there 24 hours before. You are bringing a thought in mind to life. DJing, on the other hand, is like a religion. You see people from all different walks of life, backgrounds, ethnicity, views, values, etc. All come together like a family. In those moments, watching everyone with their friends, hands in the air, singing the songs, dancing with pure joy on their faces. It’s an incredible feeling.
I wrote “Get Likes” in my car on the way to a gig. Before I left, I had a scroll through the usual apps and I realized just how much this society is becoming obsessed with the term “getting likes”. It’s as if your value and worth is now based on how many followers or likes you have. Don’t get me wrong, social media is an incredible platform in which you can showcase your work, but it also is very much a false pretense.
This generation is so heavily involved in what others are doing and finding out what they think they need to do to become the “best” that they forget who they actually are. I wrote this song to show that we don’t need to go to extremes in order for people to like us and that being yourself is the most important thing.
5 – I noticed part of the lyrics is linked to Tinder. Have you ever used this dating app? If so, would you recommend it?
I have used dating apps in the past. It’s hard to find the time to connect with people whether that be on a friendship level or relationship level when you are constantly on the go. I mean, it’s 2019, who hasn’t thought about going on “Tinder” or using “Tinder”. I’ve met some great people through dating apps; friendships that I never expected. It all depends on what your intention is when being apart of a dating app; my intention was to simply meet people I wouldn’t necessarily meet in normal day to day life. If its something you fancy then go for it. The “unknown” is always a thrill.
6 — As an artist are you keeping your social media accounts active on the weekends?
Yes, I do keep my social media accounts active on the weekends, especially Instagram stories. It’s great to show and thank your supporters. For instance, if I am at a gig or in the studio which I most likely am on weekends, I like to show appreciation with posts to the people that came and raved with me or took their time out of their own weekend to work in the studio.
Without these people, I wouldn’t be living my dream. I also like to post when I’m taking my dog for a walk or I’m out with the family having Sunday dinner; it’s important for me to stay grounded and show I am just a normal person regardless of how my life may look “exciting”, when in reality, I love to sit and watch “Come Dine With Me” with a glass of red wine whilst the dishwashers on.
To be honest, I’ve learned that there is always going to be criticism and also people that don’t like what you do. The fact people take the time out of their own day to say or write things whether it be positive or negative, I appreciate because it means I’ve made a big enough impact for someone to express their opinion. Not everyone is going to love what you do and you have to accept that, but what you must not do, is dwell on negative feedback, take it in, acknowledge and let go.
8 — As a female DJ, do you still think there is gender discrimination at clubs and festivals?
I do believe it has got better over the years, however, there is still gender discrimination at clubs and festivals. I suppose it’s like any male-dominated industry. For some reason, this society is not fond of “going against the grain”, “being different”, “being diverse”; it’s almost as if people don’t know how to act with something that is classed as “not the usual” or “the normal”. Personally, I still feel the need to prove myself especially being female, however, that could just be me as a person. When you are new to any industry, it is only natural to feel inferior to those that have paved the way for you.