Nadia Vaeh - 10 Questions Music Interview
A native of Atlanta with an American mother and a Lebanese father, Nadia Vaeh found her way into artistry through modeling and joining a local Atlanta circus. She started singing in their productions, but this was not the beginning of her artistic roots.
Nadia’s love of music and singing began at the age of two, and was nurtured by her parents by placing her into a traveling youth-choir. Her mother was a poet and passed on her love of words, which later lent to fuel her as a lyricist. Nadia lost her mom to suicide at the age of 17, which shifted the course of the young artist.
Consequently, Nadia dismantled her high-school band and strayed from songwriting and singing for years. After this tragic loss, she states that she went down a path of self-sabotage and destruction and used relationships and partying to ignore her pain. When she finally decided to begin again with artistry, she was a shell of a person and looking to anyone and anything for answers to deal with her heartbreak. “I made a lot of missteps when I first began my career and had to learn a lot of things the hard way.”
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I always loved words and writing but I think it was the first time I discovered the inside of a CD pamphlet, where the lyrics to songs used to be found. I would sit in my room and study the words as the melodies danced into my ears for hours until I knew and understood every nuance.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Oh gosh! So many things and probably some that I'm not really ready to talk about...you have to be careful who you work with and trust in this industry. So happy those learning experiences are behind me!
What has been the high point of your music path?
This year has been crazy! I've written, produced and released 6 original singles and arranged, produced and released two covers. I would say THIS is the high point. Releasing my project "Holidazed and Confused" and just getting more and more into my message and skin with each song drop and helping more and more people do the same.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It varies for each song but generally, I go to my team with an idea or concept and kind of describe what I'm hearing or feeling vibe-wise. Other times I already have a hook in mind and we build the song around that. All it takes is an idea and then I just run free!
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I would say, getting paid properly. With everything shifted over to streaming, there is a lot of gray area to how songwriters are compensated. I am proud to be a part of SONA (Songwriters of North America) who is working hard for reform and fights for artists and songwriters' proper compensation.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Any of the artists that shaped me; Spice Girls, Celine Dion, Jewel, PInk...etc.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I have a giant mirror in my house now and I love to video chat my best friend while I rehearse because she always has such good advice on how to make things more impactful.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I would say "Holidazed and Confused" because I wanted to write it in such a way that it could be whatever anyone might need, but also wanted to write something to help with the healing of losing my mom. I wanted someone who might be missing a lover to feel it and someone who might have an even deeper cut to resonate. I put some personal references in such as my mom's always holly-colored cheeks (she had rosacea and always looked like she had blush on) and speak on her naughty silly humor as she was always such a goofball. Getting this vulnerable in a song was difficult but so rewarding. I've never felt more excited to share a song with people. I really hope it helps those who need it through the holidays.
What's coming up in the future? 2020 is going to be amazing!! I'll be starting it off with a BOOM with my single in January called "Boomerang"! I also have a fun women's empowerment project I'm working on that you'll see and hear in March. Also in January, I'm shooting in London for Rollacoaster and Wonderland Magazine to talk about this and more! I'll be announcing a performance there soon as well for January.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Smart URL with access to The Christmas Song
Smart URL with Access to Holidazed & Confused