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Aching with Poetic Proficiency, Meet Pop’s Greatest Newcomer Nadine

Following the release of "Three," GUM catches up with Nadine on her emergence in music and the experiences that shape her music.

There’s a number of qualities you have to harness in order to become a pop star. From captivating arrangements, to a dominating presence, and the ability to powerhouse your story with an enduring voice are only but many of the facets engaged by Nadine.

Having refined her impressive artistry at USC’s Thornton School of Music, the up-and-coming singer songwriter has quickly gained recognition among LA’s most in demand producers. Nadine releases in a calculated fashion, giving listeners glimpse into both her emotional contemplation but also the range in her poetic proficiency. Following the release of her latest single “Three,” we catch up with Nadine on her emergence in music and the experiences that shape her music the most.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself, what sort of beginnings did you have in the music industry?

From a very young age, I’ve always known that music was my calling. I always sang and played piano, but began to take it very seriously in high school. Before applying to college, I went to Berklee College of Music 5-week and a program in Winchester, England that solidified my knowing of what my career would be. I am currently a senior in the Popular Music Program at USC, a program that has shaped me into the artist and person I am today.

Your sound is largely pop influenced, but also carries a regal and powerful quality to it. How do you feel your sound reflects you as an individual?

First of all, thank you. I think of Nadine the artist and Nadine the person as being very similar. I want my music and brand to reflect who I am as a human, so I really make an effort to stay true to my personal values in my art. My sound is a direct reflection of my style and my songs are direct reflections of my real-life stories, Nadine (the artist) just gives me a creative outlet in which I can showcase them.

How do you approach your songwriting process? What elements make a strong composition for you?

I think that a great hook/melody is one of the most important aspects of a song. I am constantly humming and singing random melodies in my car or in my room, so if I end up singing something that I like I will pull out my voice memo app and start recording my nonsense. It may sound useless, but when I get stuck writing it is really nice to have an archive of ideas to listen back to. Sometimes in songwriting sessions, I will go through all of them and one will strike a chord, and I will use that as a jumping off point.

Your latest single “Three” speaks on getting through an awkward love triangle. To what extent do your surroundings and experiences influence your music’s narrative?

My experiences definitely inspire my music in some way or another, whether it is through something that directly happened to me, to a friend, or a story I have heard about. I think that having this element of authenticity in my music helps listeners feel connected to the story they are hearing. In terms of “Three,” there are really so many layers to its meaning and its backstory. Of course, the song is about a love triangle, one I will keep private for the sake of myself and my friends’ personal lives. However, I also wrote the song with my two best friends, so the subject of the song felt like a double entendre that made perfect sense in this context. After all, it’s never pretty when it’s three.

Connect with Nadine on Instagram.


Mariana Martinez is a music enthusiast and writer based in Los Angeles and Madrid. When she is not DJing as Funky Mar, you can find her front row at any show. She is excited to be a part of the Girl Underground Music team as a contributing blogger.

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