Is there anything better in life than fresh tunes and a friendly chit-chat? How about the two combined?

Who: Emerging artist Nikita Bassi recently released her luscious debut single Satin.

What to say: Within weeks of her debut release, the world is sitting up and paying attention as Nikita has already gained the title of Emerging Artist Of The Week from the BBC.

The Q&A:

Congratulations on the release of your debut single Satin. Can you tell us a bit about the story behind the lyrics?

Thank you! Satin touches on assuring someone you care about but the idea itself was what I imagined love to be like, before I had experienced it. It talks about that person you love being ‘just enough and then doubled up again’ and mentions how safe and secure they make you feel. 

Does the song writing process help you to connect with your heritage?

Yes – I’ve grown up in England and am part English. But I also felt really connected with my Indian heritage when I started finding my sound, which uses a lot of Indian percussion in particular. I’d love to go and spend some proper time over there and learn more about my Indian roots. It feels like a really personal journey with my music and my heritage coming together. 

How does it feel to be named as BBC Introducing Emerging Artist of the Week?

So great, it was unexpected for sure. It didn’t even cross my mind that it could happen with my first single and it was awesome to go into the Asian Network and meet Bobby Friction after he chose me for it. The BBC Introducing support has been amazing in general. 

Which other artists do you draw inspiration from?

London Grammar, Seinabo Sey, Billie Eillish, Julie London, Lana Del Rey. Nelly Furtado has also inspired me a lot from a young age. Apart from the fact that I love her tunes, she doesn’t confine herself to a genre but she’s still being herself somehow. I feel like, as a listener, you can pick up on the sincerity of a singer/artist and whether they’re making music that is true to them or not.

If you could listen to only one album for the rest of your life what would it be?

Beyoncé’s Homecoming album from her Coachella show. I feel like I’ve been to watch it 100 times and I’m still obsessed. 

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