Nyasia Chanel - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My grandfather is the driving force of why I even got starting started singing in the first place. He always believed that I had a voice and always encouraged me to sing. It all started in his brothers church. Through him, he made singing in front of others easy; whenever I would go on stage I'd hear "Go head pumpkin, Go head and sing". I use that as my motivation when writing or even approaching a song.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I don't have an answer for that just yet lol.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The highest point in my career path so far has been singing In the Soul Train Awards for Aretha Franklin's tribute which was sponsored by HBO. That show was in Harlem New York at the Marcus Garvey Park. While performing at that event I realized how much I enjoyed doing music, seeing the crowds reaction to my performance made me appreciate how far I've come.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Normally during my creative process I get inspired by the beat and then the words flow after. If the beat is super fire the lyrics will come naturally. Other times, I will have lyrics already written with a certain message i'm trying to get across and I will find a beat that matches the tone or a beat will be crafted around my vocals.
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 the biggest challenge indie artist face is trying to get a sample cleared. By being an independent artist, you don't have any many resources as the "main stream" artist does to have a sample cleared.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would love to share the stage with Etta James because she is an amazing singer. She sings with so much passion, and so much feeling that is so relatable to my world. She is my inspiration behind the feelings I display through my music. I would've loved to do a duet with her.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are very busy. We set up weekly in different locations. We start off of course with getting the band set up properly, then work on vocal warm ups. Then we get into rehearsing the our show line up.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I'm not sure about writing but as far as getting a song (mixed and vocals perfect) was my song Downgrade. With the message behind that song, I wanted to make sure that the feelings were in the right places within the song and that the beat and levels were placed properly. We had the song mixed about 10 times and finally found it on the 10th one.
What's coming up in the future?
As the country/countries start opening, in the future, I plan to tour more and will also be dropping new material more frequently. I want to become more connected with my listeners and fans, that why I encourage my fans to sign up for my fan club ( which is free) available on my website. By being apart of my fan club, they can always stay connected with everything I have going on and they can also be apart of my process, whether its making music, getting feedback on music /merch or even exploring new ideas and ventures.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Fans can access my music at www.nyasiachanelmusic.com
About Nyasia Chane'l
Nyasia Chane'l grew up in the small town of Fallsburg in the Catskills region of Upstate New York. Known then as Nyasia Harris she began to express herself creatively at an early age. “I’ve been singing since I was 4 years old. Music has been my passion and my creative expression all my life.” She says. Through the years she was always singing. Dazzling both parishioners in the pews at church and her classmates in the halls of her high school.
In early 2017 Nyasia released her first single “Do it Like That” and achieved modest underground success. Soon after her single’s release, she began to spark local interest and she was invited to perform at various venues across the tristate. On July 29, 2018, DJ Norie of Power 105.1 FM debuted the remix to her single "Do It Like That" featuring Dance hall artist Jay Bankz. The single was made available on all digital streaming platforms on August 1, 2018, to great success.
In 2020 she released her single "Dance With Me" featuring Various Musiq which is currently a TikTok viral dance hit. On October 2, 2020, Nyasia released “Can’t Stop Us” a fierce socially conscious record that is part of her initiative to raise funds for the Breonna Taylor Justice Foundation.
Nyasia is the definition of a “working artist”, she has performed at countless venues all over East Coast, including S.O.B.’s, Resorts Worlds Casino, the Chance Theater, and countless other venues and festivals. Nyasia was allowed to perform at the HBO sponsored tribute to Aretha Franklin at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, She opened for R&B Crooner August Alsina, Legendary Hip Hop star DMX, performed alongside Reggae legend Richie Stephens, veteran Blues singer Grand Slam Allen just to name a few.