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Playlisting with Nyah

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

We took a different approach to playlist building with Nyah - a soulful and eclectic Los Angeles based artist.

All Photos by Claire Fagin

Being cooped up has its pros and cons but luckily there has been ample time for artists like Nyah to work on some new music. We thought it would be great to talk through some interview questions in the form of a new playlisting game. We find that some of the easiest ways to forget about your troubles is by putting together a collection of songs that have a personal meaning. Sharing that collection is a sacred art that we take very seriously around here. Check out some of Nyah's responses to our random list of prompts that ultimately build out an amazing playlist.


Pick a song that explains your mood right now.

  • "Wildfires" by Sault. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year both externally and internally. This song reminds me of my inner strength and ability to rise.

What is a song you remember obsessing over in high school?

What song were you listening to on repeat before COVID hit?

What song do you listen to when you are stressed out about the world?

  • "UMI Says" by Mos Def gives me a sense of camaraderie, reminds me of the joy in simplicity, and inspires me to take action. When I listen to this song I remember that I must share my light outwardly. I cannot hold it all in--it’s okay, and important, to engage with the world.

  • I also find "There for You" by Damian Marley quite grounding.

What is the first song you ever recorded?

  • I remember uploading a cover of John Legend’s “Ordinary People” to my Soundcloud right before midnight on my birthday some years ago. I wanted to start the year with the courage to share my music :)

  • The first original song I ever recorded was, Masquerade.” I used my school’s radio station studio.

What was the first song you ever played live?

  • I sang “One” by U2 & Mary J Blige at a middle school talent show hehehe.

  • The first original song I played live was, “Real Now.”

What is a song that gives you the most nostalgic feeling?

What song are you looking forward to playing live again?

  • I’m looking forward to playing some music I’ve been collaborating with friends on. Also, "Room for Sense" (unreleased), and "Corner Store". I never played "Corner Store" live but I’ve been gravitating towards it a lot recently.

What song do you like to listen to while you drive up the coast?

What is a song that absolutely makes you dance?

What is a song you would like to cover?

What song is your favorite from your own track list?

What’s a song that makes you feel like a bad bitch?

What’s your ultimate sad girl song?

What is the last song you listened to?

What song do you most want to see performed live?

What song needed to grow on you for a while before you loved it?

Favorite movie soundtrack song?

If you were a DJ what would be your closing out song?

What song would you suggest for our readers to check out?

Check out the full compiled list of songs here & be sure to follow nyah on Spotify, Soundcloud, & Instagram.

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