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Neev-Black-Over-Grey

Neev-Black-Over-Grey

 

 

 

 

Artist Name:  Neev

 

Song Title:  Black Over Grey

 

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Singer-songwriter Neev has a voice that stays with you. Warm and husky, whilst also curious and delicate.

 

Combined, this creates an intimate sound somewhere between Rachel Sermanni and Lianne La Havas.

 

While her lyrics set out on broad themes – relationships, existential angst, quarter-life-crises – Neev has a remarkable knack for discovering beauty in the small details.

 

Her first single ‘Burning To Dust’ was released in 2019 as a vocally focused acoustic arrangement with a violin.

 

Originally from Glasgow, Neev is the latest Scottish songwriter charming crowds in London – a place where nobody can pronounce her real name, Niamh. Hence, ‘Neev’ was born.

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Tell us about your history.

I’m a singer-songwriter based in London but grew up in Glasgow and went to university in Edinburgh.

 

I’ve lived in London for just over 2 years now and started properly gigging just over a year ago. Since then I’ve recorded two singles and have almost finished recording my first EP!

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I try to write and compose as broadly as I can and not stick to one ‘type’ of a song too often.

 

Now I’m really trying to make my music as varied as possible, in energy, style, subject matter, and song-structure.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

I’m a singer-songwriter influenced by loads of genres; most prominently folk but I also take influence from jazz and electronic music.

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Tell us the story behind your song.

I kind of like music to speak for itself and already have friends that have interpreted the song in loads of different ways.

 

But it’s essentially a song exploring the in-between of romantic relationships – Where casual and committed relationships start and stop.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

I think just finding the time to do everything I want to do with music, in terms of recording, collaborating, performing, putting on events, etc. There’s never enough time in the day.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

I recorded this song in dribs and drabs whilst recording the first track of my E.P. ‘Tunnel Vision,’ because that was a much bigger production; it took up a lot of my time whereas this one was much easier to record.

 

Everything came quite easily, and I managed it in one or two takes and engineered it myself.

 

Imad Salhi mixed the track… We’ve worked together informally in the past and he’s helped me a lot with learning about production, I think he’s a skilled producer and he’s helped me out with other projects since.

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List the names of blogs, radio or television stations that have supported you so far.

Life Elsewhere Music, Mahogany Acoustic Compilation, The Sound Sniffer, Balloon Machine, Bittersweet Symphonies, Get in Her Ears.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.

I still see myself in the beginning stages and I’d love to go on tour.

I’d also like to play more gigs with a full band, I’m also playing here and there in other bands and would really like to expand on that, I really want to develop skills in propping up other musicians’ sets.

Everyone I work with I really admire so I think just more events with them; playing with them and with my band.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing/rap.

I think just the day-to-day really, I’ve written a lot about being bored, by jobs I didn’t like, or parties I went to and had a shit time.

I’ve recently written a lot more about non-romantic relationships. I like to write about people I know as well. It’s all got a bit of a quarter-life crisis vibe to it, to be honest!

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

If I knew the answer to this, I’d be a rich gal right now! But I think what I value in a song, is just walking away from it with something specific. It could be anything: a line, a hook, a riff. Just something that sticks in my head, that always gives me a good feeling about a song.

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Tell the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

I think knowing that most people are really opened to working together. Just, anyone you admire musically, don’t be afraid to reach out and see if they want to make something together… They usually do!

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received.

Released 2 singles in 2019, releasing E.P. throughout the first half of 2020. Played venues all over London such as Ronnie Scotts, the Spice of Life, the Finsbury, the Gladstone Arms.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

This has always varied; sometimes I work with loads of people, or just one, or myself.

 

It always depends on the project and what I want to do with the song.

 

I usually aim to be quick and think that there is such a thing as over-recording! However, there are so many people I’d like to record with again, being able to be in a tiny soundproofed room with someone for over 7 hours is rare!

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration.

I have sung on a lot of Louis Philips’ new album that he’s releasing this year and helped write the last track… I really love his music and don’t get sick of it; he’s straightforward to work with as well.

 

The wonderful Frankie Morrow, who plays guitar and does backing vocals, for me on many occasions is releasing some music later in the year that I hope to work on with her in whatever capacity she would like!

 

I also love working with the wonderful Alex Cambridge, her songs are addictive and get so stuck in my head; she is wonderful to jam with.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’m going to be very predictable here and say start a label and build a recording studio and just boost up all the artists I love!

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

I generally focus on Instagram and Spotify as they’re super good at giving you metrics and they’re quite artist-friendly in that sense.

 

I also just try and play as many gigs as I can! I feel that’s the best way to meet people and show old and new music.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

Not well! I don’t sleep much but I just don’t run out of energy for my music projects now, I could really spend months on a project if I had the time.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is ‘Neev’ which is basically the phonetic way of spelling my name, my actual name is spelled the Irish Gaelic way: Niamh. But that was not easy to explain to people at gigs and open mics!

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song title is ‘Black over Grey’ which is shortened from the chorus like ‘I chose Black over Grey, did you watch? And I chose white over beige’ which is basically playing on the idea of choosing the binary rather than the blurred – choosing black and white over grey and beige.

 

Deciding to make a clean break and see things clearly rather than through blurred vision or rose-tinted glasses.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

The title of the E.P. is ‘Forgiving Light’ which is the name of another song coming out later.


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