We love finding the newest artists here and Nina Luna definitely stood out. Her dreamy voice and honest writing is captivating. We talked to her about her new song "Betrayed" and what's been inspiring her lately.
How did you get started in Music?
Nina: I've always loved to sing and music has always been incredibly important to me since I can remember. Even when I was very young, I loved how listening to a favorite song could make me feel so inspired and happy and empowered. Singing made me feel the same way. Being a singer/artist is pretty much the only thing I've ever wanted to do.
Tell me about Betrayed, what’s the story behind the song?
Nina: Betrayed is about making peace with the past in order to move on. Last year I was getting ready to make some big changes and improvements in my life but during this process I realized that I still had some leftover emotional baggage that needed to be looked at before I could embrace my bright, new future I had planned out. I think a lot of times we want to just forget about painful things we've experienced and pretend like they didn't happen or that they didn't affect us but it doesn't work that way.
What’s one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in the music industry?
Nina: One of my biggest challenges has been continuing to believe in myself and the music I'm making. Pretty much anyone can make music and release it now if they have a laptop, which is awesome and inspiring, but it can also feel overwhelming as one artist in a million, like it's impossible to stand out from the crowd. At the same time, I've been making music for a long time now and I've proven to myself that I'm going to continue to make music simply because it's what I am meant to do, and industry approval doesn't really make a difference in the end.
What else has been inspiring you lately?
Nina: I'm planning to travel a lot more this year and that's been very inspiring for me. I'm going to Paris this week and I'm hoping to make it over to the U.K. later this year. I'm always inspired by beautiful things in nature, I love flowers, I'm inspired by old cathedrals (hence Paris), the mountains, driving through California. In terms of music, I think everything The 1975 is doing right now and Matty Healy's passion for it are very inspiring. Same with Billie Eilish, her song "when the party's over" is so good and I'm fascinated by the production and vocal techniques in her music.
What’s your best piece of advice for young women?
Nina: My best advice is to not be so hard on yourself and try to understand that everything takes time and it will work out if you can be true to yourself. All of that cliché "positive, magical thinking" stuff is real. Spend less time searching for things outside of yourself and more time making peace with everything going on inside you. We're all on our individual paths.