Fresh out of Stockholm and into the fire, Nuoli is steadily burning her pop/folkesque flame towards your ears with raw tones, linear beats and lyrics with a social and political substance. Take heed while you can, she is not just a pretty voice.
"I play guitar, the piano, and I sing. I also produce everything and have my own studio. I would love to be able to play drums and bass, and It would be so great to be able to play the zither as well.
"My mom bought a guitar for my dad when I was about 5 years old and we started having these jam sessions, so that’s where it all started."
KINSHIP: First off, what does Nuoli mean?
Nuoli: It means arrow in Finnish and was taken from the arrow tattoo on my right wrist. The tattoo stands for going your own way, to fight against everything that people expect you to do and just so whatever you feel is the right thing for you. After getting the tattoo I started looking for translations of the word arrow and the first one that sounded like a name that suited my music was Nuoli, and then it stuck.
KINSHIP: We’ve never been to Stockholm, in a musical sense, give us a brief line on who else is emerging in the city?
Nuoli: Right now we have the band Say Lou Lou who are getting pretty good, among with my friends Sirena and Mountain Bird. There are some good things on the horizon.
KINSHIP: Your music’s been described as both socially and politically conscious, which can create a blurry line in terms of meaning, please explain what description best fits your music?
Nuoli: It depends, I don’t like defining art as a genre or such, my music is sometimes a political punch in the face as well as sometimes being a damaged heart or the feeling of being free. But yes, I’m politically active and think it’s SO important with people getting engaged in politics right now. As well as I think it’s SO important to do whatever you feel like doing, being creative and be honest towards yourself and your living.
KINSHIP: What did you buy last and what are your influences?
Nuoli: The last album I bought was Disclosure’s Settle, I’m a sucker for their music. It’s crazy good. My biggest influences are a lot of 70s musicians and performance artists such as Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac and The Doors. But right now I listen a lot to Jungle, FKA Twigs and Dream Koala. Absolutely magical artists. I’m inspired by travelling and a lot of poems as well as hearing people’s life stories which you get a lot of while traveling. Right now I’m in Israel for instance.
KINSHIP: Tomorrow morning, you get a phone call from one well-known artist, requesting you write/produce for them. Who would that artist be?
Nuoli: I would LOVE to work with Nicolas Jaar or Pantha du Prince as well as Ravi Shankar, I like unique minimalistic music.
KINSHIP: What’s your favourite quote in life? Or a phrase you would like to be remembered by?
Nuoli: I like the phrase “time and pressure makes diamonds” since it points out the importance of letting things take time, along with life being rough sometimes.
KINSHIP: When can we get our hands on a Nuoli album, we’ve had your latest single ‘My Curse Is My Mind’ on constantly and we want more!?
Nuoli: I’ll start with an EP which will be all of my experiences from being 18 up until now, the feeling if being young but feeling so old. Of being lost, of love, of hate. Everything. It will be my heart served on a platter for you. So please be careful with it!
Words: Ade Bankole.
Image: Liv at Mystic Sons