Today we’d like to introduce you to NEV.
NEV, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My family moved from Macedonia to the states in the year 2000. I struggled to fit in because of the language barrier and cultural differences so, I pretty much spent the rest of my childhood learning rock songs on my brother’s Fender. I’ve been creating music my whole life but I feel like just in the last few years I’ve really found my sound. This year I launched a song on Don Diablo’s label Hexagon and am credited as a songwriter and producer for a Eurovision song. I also got a couple of more launches over the next few months with some awesome edm artists.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Coming from a long line of teachers, I was also expected to go into that field. I ended up going for a degree in Spanish Education. Throughout college, I was constantly writing music. Towards the end of my program, I launched this really raunchy music video called “The Panties Song” … I remember thinking, “who is going to hire me as a teacher after this???” At that moment I decided to have a career switch and pursue my passion full time. I ended up working a year in sales to save up to go to music school. I have no regrets about my journey so far. I often incorporate Spanish into my music so my first degree wasn’t a total waste!
NEV – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a songwriter/producer. I have a lot of influences that end up meshing together… Rap, Rock, Mexican folk music, Macedonian folk music, Romanian pop music, etc. Where does NEV fit? I guess you could call the genre: electro-house hip-hop with eastern European influences.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I just want to love what I do for the rest of my life… but I’m definitely looking for a good “I made it” moment like a collab with Cardi B or writing a Christmas song for Michael Bublé.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nevmusic/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisisNEV/
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/user/Balkance