Indiana is well on her way to becoming Nottingham’s success story of the year. With emotionally powerful performances that leave you entranced by her vocal capabilities, she’s been tipped by Annie Mac and Huw Stephens to be one of the big new acts of 2013. Wonderland are pleased to present you with her brand new video to Frank Ocean’s Swim Good.
How did you get into singing? Is it only since the Future sound of Nottingham in April?
It’s been ongoing for the past two years really. My sister is a musician and she moved house and had a piano that wouldn’t fit in her new place. I had a big house at that point so I kept it in my house and taught myself how to play it. After that I began writing my own songs and it went from there. I sung Gabriel by John Beck, as I love that song, and I posted it on Youtube. He saw my version and got in touch with me as he wanted to work with me.
So how has your life changed in the past eight months and how do you feel you’ve evolved as an artist?
Well I don’t have a job now, as my music is a full time commitment.
How was it been breaking into the music scene as a new artist?
I don’t want to say it’s been easy, because it hasn’t been, but it’s been easier than I expected it to be, and a very quick process. But I don’t want to say it was an easy process.
Is your Swim Good video a response to the original video or your personal interpretation of the song?
It’s my own interpretation of the song, not a response to his video for it.
What other artists do you listen to in your own time?
I personally listen to a lot of artists, like Alt-j and The xx. I love watching Kanye West perform and how when he is performing on stage he closes his eyes and puts his head down and it’s all about him and his music. I love that passion, that is something that I would love to convey thorough my music.
How are you feeling about your first headline gig on Saturday? Are you nervous or excited?
I’m really nervous. I am performing nine new songs, which haven’t been performed before, so they’re being premiered on Saturday. I’ve got a piano, guitar and synth so its very minimal but conveys my music very well. But I think it’s a good way of conveying what I’m about.
So is this a starting point to what’s to come in the next year?
Yeah I have a lot of material, I’m not sure if whether it’s going to be an EP or an album, but you’ll definitely be hearing more from me in the new year.
Indiana will be performing her first headline gig on 15 December at The Nottingham Contemporary. facebook.com/raiderofarks
Words: Kirsty Beckingham