Nina Nesbitt has accomplished quite a lot at age 19. That the half Scottish, half Swedish singer/songwriter has already spent two years putting out EPs and a full length UK album, touring the UK and steadily building her fan base - her video views stand at more than 20 million and over 145,000 follow her on Twitter - makes her early start all the more remarkable.
Nina's age is important. It is as central to her songs as the lessons she's learnt since she first picked up a guitar aged 15. Nina may be an experienced songwriter and a festival veteran, but she still writes, brilliantly, from the point of view of a typical teenager.
Her debut US EP, Nina Nesbitt, speaks to every teen, and transports all adults back to that age. But few could sum up how it feels to grow up as eloquently. It's packed with songs about making mistakes and finding yourself and is full of smart, witty observations on everyday life and the opposite sex - from the sixth formers with Stones t-shirts in the fabulous single “Stay Out” - "They think they're from the 60s/But they were born in 1991" – to the daydreams of a teenage girl stuck working in a retail store in “Way In The World.”
Some may lazily label Nina as a mainstream pop artist but her career approach has a lot more in common with the DIY ethic of punk. Not afraid to experiment with genre, she is a songwriter who has built her career by gigging relentlessly and even makes her own tour T-shirts. “I look at the big pop stars and you can tell that their image hasn’t come from them,” she says. “I go back to someone like Debbie Harry for inspiration. Her music was good, she looked cool and she was attractive to men, but she didn’t need to take her clothes off to prove it. And I would rather have a successful album with music I love than a No.1 with something that isn’t true to me. Pop is a shallow place. The most important thing is to do it on your own terms.”