Updated: Feb 9
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? My older brother Junior aka Mr. E used to have a sound system when I was younger. He would introduce me to so many different kinds of music as well as my parents had an extensive collection. I would say he helped open my mind to the possibilities of expressing myself the way I do now. Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? Craziest thing in an amazing way was being produced by Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart at Abbey Road Studios London, with Jude Law walking around hahahaha. We were recording the Alfie Soundtrack. What has been the high point of your music path? One of the high points so far I'd say would be writing and recording on Annie Lennox's Songs of Mass Destruction album. I've had some super moments, but that was pretty cool and memorable. So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? Mostly, it starts as poetry, with or without music I am always writing, lines and words that resonate with me at any given moment.
Homer Harris told me many years ago, "just keep writing, whatever you are feeling, just keep writing."
It certainly helps to have lyrics/poems written somewhere, eventually there is a track I can use to create a home for them.
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? There is always such an overload, a kind of bombardment of the same, because its a popular sound for the time, and sometimes it can seem daunting to break through the fog and have your voice heard. Each artist faces different challenges; it's difficult to make a broad stroke of what those challenges are, maintaining your individuality is difficult but important.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Coldplay. Love them, love their live performance energy, and certainly it helps to have anthemic songs :)
What's coming up in the future?
Finishing up songs for the new project and creating more visuals. Also working on my 3rd book. Tell us where fans can access your music. My music is streaming on all platforms.
About Nadirah X
“There is an incantation contained in the rhythms of her flow and the effect is powerful and purifying. To get this much from an artist is a gift of a qualitative kind, not a pleasant distraction, but a nourishing encounter with the elevated intentions of a true poet." - Grammy award-winning producer Glenn Ballard (Alanis Morrisette, Aerosmith).
After winning numerous accolades and awards in her home of Jamaica, Nadirah (aka Nadz) moved to Los Angeles where she has continued to shine. She is the only rapper to have written and performed with the legendary Annie Lennox (two songs on her 2007 solo album Songs Of Mass Destruction). She has written and performed with Mick Jagger on the Golden Globe award-winning score to the feature film Alfie. Nadirah has also produced two books of poetry with forewords and introductions from Deepak Chopra, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Tim Kring (creator of Heroes TV show), and Bruce Rubin (writer of the acclaimed movie Ghost). She is currently working with luminaries of the hip hop world including Charli 2na (Jurassic 5) and Bishop Lamont (Aftermath).