Victoria G Interviews Megan Nadin

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Victoria G: What inspired you to become a singer?

Megan Nadin: I've always loved to sing and write music. After a lot of encouragement from my family and friends to start sharing my passion openly, I decided to go for it. What really made me go all in is the idea that if I work hard enough, I can create a platform that allows me to create positive change and give back, as well as advocate and be a voice for those in need.

VG: What is your favorite thing about singing?

MN: My favourite thing about singing is that it allows me to express myself and release my emotions. I believe everything is made up of energy, including our emotions, so to be able to have that physical release can be a pretty amazing feeling.

VG: Who are your musical inspirations?

MN: I'm definitely inspired by storytellers; the creatives that captivate you with the story they're telling within the song - artists like Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette, Amy Winehouse and Adele. I was also musically inspired by my Grandma Nonie from a really young age. Growing up my mom would sing me songs that my grandmother wrote and share the stories that inspired them.

VG: What's your favorite genre of music?

MN: I definitely have an appreciation for all genres. I'm really a lyrics girl, so if a song has good lyrics I'm probably going to be a fan. I do have a soft spot for Alternative Rock, Hip-Hop and R&B though.

VG: What is your songwriting process?

MN: As a songwriter, I definitely have a few different processes. Writing with an instrument, writing down what I'm feeling the moment and going back to it, singing into the air and recording it into my phone's voice memos, bouncing ideas off of a fellow songwriter. Although I have a few different ways of doing it, it ultimately always comes down to me slowing down and internalizing. I find I write the best songs when I just go with the flow and let go of the outcome.

VG: What messages are important for you to express through your music?

MN: I want to share messages about love, loss, happiness, heartbreak, fear, failure, success - all the ups and downs that come with life. I also love using my music to bring awareness to certain social issues like inequality, inequity, bullying and mental health as well as more internal personal dilemmas we face around things self-love, self-worth and body image. At the end of the day as long as my messages are honest and make people think, I'm doing what I've set out to do.

VG: Do you play any instruments?

MN: I play my guitar like a bass, plucking one string at a time. I've tried playing bass guitar, which I definitely enjoy. I just appreciate the higher resonance you get from guitar strings.

VG: How would you describe yourself in three words?

MN: Caring, optimistic and silly. I love making people laugh.

VG: Do you have any hidden talents?

MN: Cooking! I LOVE to cook and I think anyone who's eaten my food can attest to the fact that I can cook a meal that'll leave you wanting seconds. I come from a family of fantastic cooks and I actually even apprenticed to be a chef for two years.

VG: Where do you see yourself in ten years?

MN: I see myself continuing to create music that I hope moves and inspires the people who hear it. I also see myself with a foundation that lives alongside my music that allows me to take proceeds and donate them to people, charities, and causes that need it most.

VG: What are your social media handles?

MN: Instagram: @megannadin Facebook: /megannadinmusic Twitter: @megnadin Youtube: /megannadin

VG: What advice do you have for an aspiring singer?

MN: Don't work to sound like anyone else vocally. Be yourself and find your own sound.

VG: What advice do you have for an aspiring songwriter?

MN: Always be open to trying different writing processes and to writing with new people. You can learn a lot.

VG: What can you reveal about your upcoming EP, This Was Then?

MN: It's an album made up of 7 songs that express my experiences with fear, self-doubt, love, deception, hope and heartbreak. I decided to release these 7 songs together as opposed to individually because I believe they belong together. I called the album This Was Then because every song was written between 2-3 years ago, with the exception of one. When I listen to them, it takes me back to that time in my life.

VG: What's next for you?

MN: More writing, recording and creating! I'm excited to continue to share music with people. I'm also really looking forward to things to get back to a place where I'm able to play live shows and tour. Connecting with listeners in-person and being able to be in a moment with them is one of the best parts of being an artist.

VG: RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS Coffee or Tea

MN: Right now, Coffee.

VG: Red or Blue

MN: Red

VG: Dogs or Cats

MN: I like both, but... Dogs pull at my heartstrings.

VG: iPhone or Android

MN: iPhone

VG: Netflix or Hulu

MN: Netflix

VG: Italian food or Mexican food

MN: BOTH

VG: Hot weather or Cold weather

MN: Hot

VG: What have you been doing while in quarantine?

MN: Writing, spending a lot of time in the studio and working on a healthy body and mind. I've also been focusing on my self-love, self-worth and self-growth. Not from an "all about me" standpoint though. I've just come to realize that happiness really does start within ourselves. So I'm learning to take the time to develop a healthy relationship with me.

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