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NEW NOISE: NUUXS

The London-based artist details the tale of her intense family history and turbulent journey through life in her debut album, Heirloom.

NUUXS album
NUUXS album

When it comes to a backstory, no one has one quite like the London-based artist, NUUXS. Having escaped the grasps of a cult that denied her the joys of music and friendship in a bid to live out her life freely, the rising talent moved to London in pursuit of fulfilling her dreams. Now, in her mid-20s, the artist is ready to share her story with the world in the form of debut album, Heirloom. A synth-heavy and airy-sounding offering, the album boasts intimate tracks such as single “Part Of Me”, that captivates not only with their twinkling sounds but with the rich anecdotes that lie at their cores.

When speaking on how she hopes the album makes her listeners feel, the artist stated, “I want them to feel like they’re in a musical. It tells a story of where I’ve been and I hope it connects as I feel somehow no matter what journey we’ve had, there’s always a common factor within how something or someone has made us feel. I hope everyone can embrace how wonderful it is to be uniquely themselves yet still be part of one big aura.”

Now, upon the release of her debut album which is now available to stream, the artist sat down with Wonderland to discuss the past experiences that have shaped her and what the album means to her. Head below to read our interview with NUUXS…

Hi NUUXS, how are you doing?
As I’m writing this, I’m preparing for my album launch at Cargo in Shoreditch and feeling very excited.

Let’s start at the beginning! How old were you when you first started getting into music?
I must have been about 6 when I started singing out loud in front of everyone. I loved singing in front of my sister. She’d always request her favourite songs and encouraged me to sing in front of her friends. I also loved watching old Hollywood films singing along to musicals like “My Fair Lady”, and school played a massive part too. I had my first lead role in year 6 as Blousey Brown in Bugzy Malone. That’s when I caught the bug.

Who would you cite as your biggest musical influence?
That’s a tough one! It has ranged from hip hop and RnB to straight Christian music Hillsong vibes to dance, and French disco and pop. I’d say my time in silence in the cult probably was my biggest influence. Imagine not hearing music for 5 years straight. I know I’m not the only one on the planet to have experienced this, but it creates music in your head and it’s almost like a survival instinct to nurture yourself with some kind of soundscape.

Congratulations on the release of your album, Heirloom. How do you feel about the album being completed?
Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. It’s a huge relief, and I’m so excited for everyone to hear it.

Does the album have a theme? What inspired it?
Heirloom is the title of the album and represents everything I’ve inherited so far in my life. My experiences are to be shared through my music and is my heirloom to my audience.

NUUXS
NUUXS

Track “Part of Me” is a deeply emotional cut, can you talk us through this piece of work and how it came about?
I was quite uneasy at first with this one, but as soon as I started writing the verses, they flowed so quickly from my memory. It’s quite a vivid description of what happened with my stepfather, but I’m glad I’ve put it down and owned my experience. It is sonically dark, and I scream at the top of my lungs towards the end which thankfully has a ton of reverb and has been turned down a lot, that was tough to do as I really had to let go and not think about being in a studio.

How do you want people to feel when they hear your album?
I want them to feel like they’re in a musical. It tells a story of where I’ve been and I hope it connects as I feel somehow no matter what journey we’ve had, there’s always a common factor within how something or someone has made us feel. I hope everyone can embrace how wonderful it is to be uniquely themselves yet still be part of one big aura.

Do you have a favourite track from the album?
I think it has to be “Lemongrass” now. I would have probably answered differently a few months ago, but the amount of love I’ve had from friends and family and the Lao community has been astounding and truly touching.

What is next for you? Do you have any other projects you are keen to start working on?
I’m going to be doing more shows and touring my album and I’m also writing what could be my second album.

NEW NOISE: NUUXS

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