Q&A with American electronic artist NESSA P

After releasing her latest single ‘Only Love’ earlier this month, we caught up with Californian electronic artist NESSA P to talk about her inspirations behind her latest single and upcoming EP release.

  • Can you describe a particular challenge you overcame during your recent release? 

“I wrote, recorded, mixed, and mastered everything. Collaborating was really tough, I had to learn how to let go of my ego, and allow others in as much as possible. I also let go of my personal agenda.” 

  • Your new release has just dropped. Now that it is complete, how do you feel about it, and what has been the response so far?

“It feels great, I really didn’t think that an EP would be this much work. I am super proud of what I have accomplished, but it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for a few key people, My Partner in life, Chuck TZ, and Kahsii Autamese. They really made the difference in this project.”

  • Can you dive into the deeper meaning or personal significance behind the name of your new release?

“Only Love is about how love can help us through life’s hardest moments, most people want to take action, and try to solve every problem, that’s not always possible. Sometimes we need to just let things pass, and walk in love for them to heal, or become better. Sometimes taking action makes things worse.”

  • How does it make you feel when the material you recorded in the studio comes to life in front of a crowd?

“When I see people appreciate my music, I feel proud like a parent who is sending their child into the world. I see this baby mature into a full fledged thing, and its awesome. It is also nerve wracking because I am not sure if anyone will like it, but thats the game us musicians play.”

  • What do you think of the current state of your genre? What do you wish would change?

“I love the EDM music scene. If you prove yourself, and work hard, people will see it and will give you opportunities at every stage of the game. I am so thankful to this community, because I was not making music before I started going to festivals again, and got inspired to come back to music. I feel like I am supported by so many Dj’s and producers from all over the world, its truly amazing!”

  • How has the local music scene influenced your sound or career, and how do you contribute to it?

“I am always running sound, and working around town with different artists. I also show up to tons of DJ sets, and bands playing to support, I have even helped in the making of several music videos for friends projects.”

  • What are some newer bands that you are listening to or enjoy?

“Fred Again is sort of new, he is so imaginative in his approach to music creation. Purple Disco Machine is getting super big, I love him, I have seen him on two continents now! Big shout out to DRAMA, I got to see her at LIB fest. Big Wild has had some recent success and I am so glad for it! Superorganism is also a lot fo fun! I also really like Slow Thai, I have enjoyed his live performances several times and cannot get enough! Let me end with Dom Dolla, mic drop there!”

  • If you could create a dream project with any artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?

“I think I’d do 12 collabs with the artist I mentioned in the last question and add collabs with, Daft Punk, Flight Facilities, and that would be enough, I could die after that and it would be probably kind of ok!”

  • You’re going to Valhalla. If you can only take 3 albums with you for eternity what are they?

“If I have to fight in the end I need either System of a Downs Toxicity Album, because I need something to fight to. I would also take the 10th Anniversary Edition of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories with me, and Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun Album cause I need something inspiring and different to mix it up. “

  • What’s been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

“Creating this EP, it has pushed me to become a better artist overall.”