Nadia Kazmi unveils raw, intimate folk rock music
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Sep 23, 2015 | 14709 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Although she has just wrapped a three-week tour in Canada and New England with fellow Brooklyn band Rooster, you will still see and hear a lot from Nadia Kazmi over the next several months.

The singer-songwriter recently released an EP entitled LAMB which offers a sneak peak into an album releasing in 2016. And this week, she released the music video for her single Haunting of the Heart.

In her own words, Kazmi explains that her music is an in-your-face, edgier rock tangled with a softer folk rock and ballad.

The most important aspect of each of her songs is that they each hold a metaphoric focus.

“I love songs that are about two things at once, such as the literal meaning and then there’s the very hidden meaning that you could interpret in your own way,” Kazmi said. “My music is definitely indie-rock with folk and a bit of edginess.”

Growing up in Calgary, Canada, life on the prairie sure did influence the type of music Kazmi performs today.

“It’s definitely influenced me, some of my most beloved musical influences are Canadian such as Neil Young and Leonard Cohen,” Kazmi said.

Similarly to the success and popularity of country music in general North America, Kazmi added that folk has been an important genre in Canada.

“Folk is extremely popular, especially in Calgary, which used to be called Cowtown embarrassingly enough,” she said, adding that there’s quite a bit of farmland near the Rocky Mountains. “There’s something about folk that has always been a part of my upbringing; I listened to it a lot on the radio and I connected to the focus on lyrics.”

As she got older, Kazmi grew interested in rock and began adding elements of it into her own sound.

Whereas she wrote lyrics and then built the song with chords and melody in her early musician years, lately she has also found herself creating a guitar riff in the middle of the night and creating songs that way as well.

Instead of trying to focus on one or the other, she now explores the more spontaneous inspiration where there’s a direct relationship between the lyrics and the melody. Moving to New York has further developed her experimenting with a number of genres simultaneously.

One of her favorite things about New York’s music industry is the grassroots scene that’s always happening in the boroughs, whether it’s the constant flow of fantastic bands popping out everywhere or bands who have been together for 10 to 15 years finally receiving much attention.

“It’s all about longevity,” she said. “If you keep doing something, eventually people are going to notice if you are doing it well.”

She credits bands like Rebelmatic and The Othermen for perfecting their craft. But Kazmi is right among them. After releasing two other albums in the past, her music has been featured on cable TV, including on comedian Russell Peter’s show as well as an award show and on Keeping Up with The Kardashians.

Fans are excited to hear the more matured, less-punky-more-raw music in Kazmi’s upcoming album. The initimate songs with its poetic twists and her passionate range are what she’s truly known for.

If you want to catch Kazmi playing live, her next shows will be on October 9 at Stephen Talkhouse in the Hamptons and on October 13 at Bowery Electric in Manhattan.

For now, she is spending some time with her family back in Canada. Although they’ve been incredibly supportive of her, she shared an inside joke between her and a friend in regards to having parental approval as an artist.

“The moment your parents love whatever art you’re creating, you should creating something different because it’s probably not relevant,” she joked.
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