We had the good fortune of connecting with Nisha Asnani and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nisha, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Meditation! Having some time for myself every morning has changed the game. It also led to so many other benefits. I’ve found that creating a foundation of healthy habits is the most effective safety-net that support me as I face the challenges of being an artist.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a singer/songwriter/rapper. One of the things that sets me apart in the pop space is being a third culture kid. I was raised in America, born in Nigeria to a family of Indian immigrants in West Africa. My experiences have influenced not only my art but my need to travel and my love of exploring the world. I’m most proud of honoring the people who see themselves reflected in my work as an artist including artists, songwriters, self-starters, cheeky buggers and the queer brown kids. I’m really thrilled about the EP, Paris that I just released. The songs are a love letter to my fans and my self. The project was my declaration of independence from a binary world. We are working on a short music film to accompany the album which is coming out soon.
My journey has been filled with a million little steps and some big ones. The hardest part is always taking a big risk when you are unsure or if you have just overcome disappointment but that’s the only way to keep growing and succeeding. My biggest tool in overcoming the challenges I face are taking time to reflect and become really aware of what is underneath a challenge before I decide on my course of action.
I’ve learned to create space to be present to what I love the most; making music, no matter what is going on. So whether I’m on the road, or just have to block the noise of the world out, I create rituals to make my creative space a safe and inspiring alternate reality that I can step into at any time.
The most important thing to me is for people to really connect with the music, not just a brand. I’m a fighter, and I’ve overcome a lot of prejudice to find success as an artist. My story is that of a traveler, looking for home in the world and finding it in the music I create. It’s where I am able to include all of my experiences and identities in one harmonious space; one where all loving beings are welcome 🙂
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
** Well we should start your first night at the Hoxton because aside from the staff being really lovely, they have THE BEST chocolate croissants at the coffee bar in the morning – but you have to get there before 9am or they will probably be sold out!
** We would definitely go for a few LA hikes – Fryman is my favorite
** After sunbathing with a cold drink on the roof of Petite Ermitage, we would hit Pure Vida for the best vegan Italian food
** No LA trip is complete without a visit to the west side where we can get donuts on Abbot Kinney, and sit by the ocean in Santa Monica
** On your last night we would get Pumpkin Curry and fresh coconuts from Lotus Vegan Thai which is in my go to spot in the NoHo Arts district. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shouting out brilliant LA based photographer and my friend Emi Morrell
Image Credits: @ Emi Morrell @ Cami J Fatat @ Jelani Thompson @ Kyle Loftus