FOUR years of love and heartbreak are given a unique twist on Nina Nesbitt’s debut album, according to the young Scottish pop princess herself.
Nina releases Peroxide in the UK today, three days after it shot to the top of the charts in Ireland.
She told Vibe about her collaborations with Lily Allen and Kodaline when we met up with her before she played an intimate charity gig at the IndigO2 on Thursday, which raised funds for the Charlton Athletic Community Trust and Help a Capital Child.
“It’s my first album and it is kind of about my experiences since I was 15 until now, so it’s all written about my personal experience and growing up and breaking up,” she said.
“It is a mixture of social commentary style and kind of more personal songs, there is a real mixture.”
Nina, who has been living in London for the past two years, was first spotted when she started writing and recording songs in her bedroom and uploading them to YouTube.
Millions of hits later, she was snapped up by record label Universal in 2012 after releasing her first Live EP a year earlier on iTunes.
She released four EPs in 2012 and 2013, including top 25 single Stay Out and Fleetwood Mac cover Don’t Stop, which featured on a John Lewis TV advert.
But some long-term fans will have noticed her earlier songs – and no doubt, the ones that first got them hooked – do not feature on the album.
Nina explained: “I didn’t want to put old stuff on it because I didn’t really see the point - everyone has already got it.
“I would rather put as many new songs as possible because I feel like it has taken so long to make it.
“People that have been there from the start have waited a long time for it, so I wanted to give them what they hopefully wanted.”
Nina teamed up with high-flying Irish rock band Kodaline to re-record Hold Me, whilst album track Mr C was co-written with Lily Allen.
The 19-year-old said: “I played a few gigs with Kodaline and I really love their music and they asked me to be on their Brand New Day EP – so I asked them to be on my album.
“I wrote Hold Me when I was 16 or 17 in my kitchen in Edinburgh and put it on the Apple Tree EP and it got really good feedback, so I always wanted to put it on the album.
“And Mr C was written with Lily Allen, which not many people know, it’s like a little secret thing.
“You can’t really hear her sing on it unless you listen really carefully, but she is on it at the end.”
Nina’s latest single, which was released last week, is a fresh pop-rock number called Selfies.
“It’s a good laugh and it’s social commentary again,” she said.
“It is a modern day break-up song that I wrote on tour in October just talking about how everyone takes pictures of themselves now.
“When you feel a bit low about yourself, some people post pictures and are like ‘hey, look what you’re missing, look what I’m up to.’
“But it has the deeper meaning of how people use a fake persona online and how you can be anyone you want to be and show anyone what you want to show them.”
Nina is now looking ahead to her tour next month, which includes a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on March 25.
She said: “I have played about seven London shows but the biggest one yet is next months.”
A limited number of tickets are still available– contact the venue’s box office on 0844 477 2000.
Nina’s debut album Peroxide is out now.