The Indiego team had the opportunity of finding out more about Naila, a singer-songwriter from Cape Town. Take a listen to one of Naila's songs, "Torn Into Pieces", and then read what she says about her music:
Indiego: At what age did you start playing music, or started singing?
Naila: I started singing from the age of 7, using deodorant spray bottles as a microphone and singing along to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs.
Indiego: What instruments do you play?
Naila: Acoustic Guitar
Indiego” Does your family have a musical background?
Naila: Not my immediate family, but I have cousins and other relatives who are pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.
Indiego: Are you self-taught or did you study music formally?
Naila: Self-taught, I play by ear and most of the time I have no idea what I am playing as long as it sounds good.
Indiego: Which famous musician/s do you admire the most? Why?
Naila: Tracy Chapman, India Arie and Beyonce of course. Tracy Chapman has been used as a comparison when people hear my style of music. Her simple and catchy approach to making music is the same approach I use. India Arie’s amazing vocal texture (deep and soothing) has always inspired me to not shy away from using my own deep tone. Beyonce’s work ethic is on point, her hard work has led her to her success and that is no doubt inspiring.
Indiego: What is your favourite album or cd of all time?
Naila: I have a lot of favourite songs from multiple albums, but if I had to choose, it would be Alicia Keys “The Element of Freedom”.
Indiego: What genre would you say you fall into as an artist?
Naila: Indie pop
Indiego: Do you use social media to connect and share? Which is the main platform that you use?
Indiego: Have you officially released any songs/albums? Any plans for the future? (video?)
Naila: I have released an electronic EP on Soundcloud and noisetrade, and I am looking to also release on itunes.
Indiego: Do you perform often in public? (Concerts, clubs, restaurants, events, radio, TV?)
Naila: Yes, my next gig will be at the Barelycorn music club in Cape Town - date to be confirmed. I’ve also performed at places such as Zula Bar and Obz Theatre in Cape Town.
Indiego: Do you write your own lyrics?
Indiego: How often, and for how long do you practice?
Naila: I aim for one hour a day, but with my full-time job and part-time studies in accounting, I sometimes do not get enough time for my practice sessions.
Indiego: Are you a full time or part time musician/artist? If part-time, what is your profession?
Naila: Part-time, I am an accountant.
Indiego: How do you balance your music/performances with other obligations –spouse/partner (if not single), children (if any), job, etc.?
Naila: Luckily I am single, so it’s just the job, studies and music; it is still a challenge, but I try to stay disciplined about the time allocated to each commitment.
Indiego: Where are you currently based?
Naila: Cape Town
Indiego: Are you planning on moving elsewhere to pursue your career?
Naila: Anywhere in the world where I can make and perform music every day would be ideal.
Indiego: What’s you plans for the next few months?
Naila: I hope to record and complete a full album in the next 12 months and start touring as a full-time musician.
Indiego: And last, but not least: what do you want to say to your fans or potential fans out there?
Naila: Follow your dreams no matter how impossible they might seem, but most importantly act towards following them.
Listen to Naila on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-moon-personified
Watch Naila perform an acoustic version of her song "Pirate in the Sea"
The Indiego team would like to thank Naila for taking our questions and we wish her all the best in her musical career.