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Moments In The Sun: Nite Jewel's Favourite Albums
The Quietus , November 24th, 2021 12:07

Nite Jewel takes us through the albums that inspired her latest record No Sun, from Miles Davis to Cluster, via digressions on the importance of bad karaoke and Nietzschean philosophy


Herbie Hancock – Dedication

This goes from sad and elegant to funky - and it’s a real collector’s album. Where did you first hear it?

I have no idea where I first heard it. I heard Nobu for the first time in 2010 or 2011 and I was just like, ‘what the hell is this?’ And when I found out it was him, I was like, ‘can this man do no wrong, what is his DEAL?’ He’s a genius, you know. I was obsessed with the sequencer tunes, the synthesiser sound. I thought upon hearing this, “this is the greatest pianist of all time, having fun by himself, with his sequencers - one day I will have fun with sequencers”.Trying to imagine these things for myself, having chords, melodies - and finally I guess, like, ten years later I was able to realise this with this album.

Would you advise others to basically be radicalised by an album and embark on a whole career and creative process around it?

Absolutely. I think that my entire career as Nite Jewel is a matter of having been inspired by other people’s work, and what they’ve done, and thinking of it as a model of possibilities for me. I grew up in a time when people were superstars, and all these underground records’ sounds were guiding points and signposts for me… these were records that said, “there’s a path for you.”

Do you still think there is a space for superstars?

I think so, because I love Rosalía and she definitely is becoming a superstar. she has a vision, a very strong vision. That’s what separates superstars from viral stars.