Name, where are you from?
Nadia Sheikh, I’m half British half Spanish. Born in Spain and based in London.
Describe your style in three words?
Simple but effective.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Razzmatazz in Barcelona 2012. Noel and Oasis were a massive influence in the direction I took in music and 'Don’t Look Back In Anger' was the track that did it for me. I was about 15 and I went with my whole family to the show. I had a big sign that said "Name: Nadia. Dream: to sing Don’t Look Back In Anger with you" and Noel dedicated 'Don’t Look Back In Anger' to me. It was one of those magical moments!
If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Oasis and Janis Joplin. Oasis are a huge influence for me and I never got to see them play live, so would be two birds in one stone. Janis was an absolute powerhouse, it would’ve been incredible to see her live not to mention share the stage with her.
Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Britpop, punk and grunge. Being half British and half Spanish, I lived with one foot in each country all the time and I was always fascinated with the cultural movements that came from the UK and the US. I also love a lot of music that came from the Mod era.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
If it was an AAA conversation it would be Kurt Cobain. I’d love to get an insight into what really was going through his mind. Or Nelson Mandela or David Bowie - lots of lessons to learn.
Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
I really like the Forum in Kentish Town and KOKO, they’ve just got something about them. But my favourite small venue has to be The Water Rats!
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Parents. I know a lot of parents aren’t supportive of their children deciding they want to ditch a 'normal' job and instead pursue a career in music, but hands down if it wasn’t for mine I wouldn’t be where or who I am today.
Nadia Sheikh is an independent London-based indie rock artist chosen as one of This Feeling’s 'Big in 2018'. She’s collaborated with Jamie Morrison (Stereophonics) and played at festivals including Isle of Wight and FIB (Benicassim festival).
Her new single 'Toxic' has garnered support from Radio X's John Kennedy and Planet Rock.