I guess I slowly caught on to Nadia Reid – along with most others – when I finally got around to hearing her debut album. What a record! Amazing. Sublime. Sensational. Mesmerising. All that. And more besides. And I was instantly intrigued too – wanted to know more about the person that had made these songs. Such great singing and playing and writing – a beautifully recorded album too which, rightly, had been picked up for international distribution, reissued by a label. On the back of that Reid was off around the world playing to audiences in Europe, America, Australia but always returning to New Zealand to play.
On a recent visit to Wellington I timed my request, Reid replied. She popped around for a coffee and a chat. We hadn’t met previously. This was my first time talking to her even, no earlier interview. All I had to go on was that record. That and news that a new album would be here early next year. I wanted to know a bit more about what motivated Nadia Reid and where, in that sense at least, she had come from – that’s almost always the aim of this podcast after all.
We got into a good discussion about the nature of criticism and also some of the pointlessness that masquerades around the music industry, such as industry awards, more an aim for a “red carpet” event now than any real statement around talent. I really enjoyed meeting Nadia Reid and finding out a bit about her world and worldview. I hope you like hearing about it too.
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I hope you like episode 41 of Sweetman Podcast, my conversation with Nadia Reid.