We recently caught up with Florida’s own, the talented Nil Bambu to have some GemTlk about her current state in the music scene. She’s been catching a lot buzz after her release, “Diamond Sutra“. She’s by far one of the most creative artist coming out of Florida, you can float to her soft melodic vocals and get lost in the personality she displays in each song.
- GemTlk: What got you into creating music and what/who are your biggest influences?
Nil Bambu: I’ve always been a singer from a really young age. Singing has been the most natural thing for me for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I would grab brushes, remotes, anything that resembled a microphone and performed in every mirror in my house. My mom has also been a big influence when it comes to music, I owe my music palette to her. I’m influenced heavily by Sade, Jhene Aiko, Aaliyah, Anita Baker, to name a few and a lot of reggae. For me, it’s not about being the best vocalist or the greatest performer, but more about the tone, the soul and the way we connect with the energy that’s in our heart and translate that to the listeners. I got into music professionally because I saw what music has done for me, it’s the way I vent, the way I cope in the world and I wanted to be that light for someone else who may be experiencing the same thoughts and emotions but not sure how to communicate.
- GemTlk: Describe your creative process behind the project “Diamond Sultra”.
NilBambu: It was like giving birth, to be honest, there wasn’t a set way for creating at all. Some of the songs were recorded years before, some of the songs were recorded a few months before. The artwork went through a million changes as well as the visuals. The entire project grew on its own. I knew I wanted to create a body of work and I wanted it to be timeless so I gave the project space to flow. Remaining patient was key and letting it grow into what it was always intended to be, and by the end, I knew it was the Diamond Sutra.
- GemTlk: What makes you satisfied when you are creating? Whether it’s a visual or song, you’re a real perfectionist with your craft.
NilBambu: To be honest, I’m such a perfectionist, I’m seldom ever satisfied, but that’s something I’m working on. To be more appreciative and not critical of the art, to be more gentle and accepting. If I had to say though, it would be when listeners come to me and thank me not for not just making a good song or sounding good, but for helping them, for making them feel, when they tell me they wake up and listen to my music, when I hear my music eases their anxiety, takes them to a place.. those are the moments when I’m truly satisfied. The rare moments when I feel like I’ve done my job.
- GemTlk: “Time Travel” and “Overdrive” are my personal favorite, What kind of melodies tend to catch your ear?
- GemTlk: How do you feel about the music scene in Florida? Are there any Florida artist you really enjoy?
- GemTlk: What is Nil Bambu doing when she’s not in the studio recording music?
- GemTlk: What’s one song that you hear and suddenly think “Damn I wish I made this song”?
- GemTlk: What’s next from Nil Bambu? Any collaborations or projects?