After dropping her latest EP Lamb, AMBY spoke with Nadia Kazmi — a Canadian alt-rock “singer and writer of songs, defender of animal and human rights, lover of food.” Enjoy our interview with Kazmi where we discuss being haunted, living in Calgary and Brooklyn, Dime Store Punks, and slow drivers.
AMBY: Hi Nadia and welcome to AMBY. How are you and where does our interview find you today?
Nadia Kazmi: I’m well, Yaz. I’m in Brooklyn right now.
AMBY: Congratulations on the release of your new EP, Lamb. What were some of the highlights while making it?
Nadia Kazmi: Some of the highlights were choosing the songs that would be part of it. Writing is always the most exciting part but arranging the songs is also a lot of fun.
AMBY: The track Haunting has such an intriguing vibe to it. What is the story behind the song?
Nadia Kazmi: It’s about being haunted by past loves, mistakes, people in your life that you may only ever see again in your mind but they’re ever present.
AMBY: I know that you are from Calgary but are currently living in Brooklyn. How does that influence you as a songwriter?
Nadia Kazmi: I actually live in both cities, depending on what’s happening with my career. There’s a lot of inspiration in New York City but there’s more places to be still and quiet in Calgary so the inspiration comes from New York but when I need to buckle down and write, I go to Canada to flesh out all my songs.
AMBY: Dime Store Punks is my favourite track off the EP. It seems like a very personal lyrically. Is it about an encounter you had or just a commentary on a specific type of person?
Nadia Kazmi: It is about a situation I encountered when I went to Austin to play SXSW. Everyone looked and sounded very similar but they felt they were making a mark somehow. They wanted to fit in and stand out at the same time. It was strange and it’s not what I look for in music.
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
Nadia Kazmi: I love to go into the mountains since I’m from Calgary. The rockies are stunning and incomparable. I love to ski and hike and be in the woods. I also love to see friends and try out new restaurants in New York, there are so many opening up constantly and love food!
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Nadia Kazmi: Don’t drive slow in the left lane. Just kidding (sort of). Listening to Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder would be mandatory at age 7.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about you that nobody knows yet?
Nadia Kazmi: My guilty pleasure is reading my horoscope. I know they’re silly but sometimes they ring true hahaha.
Thank you Nadia Kazmi, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Yaz Atout | @YazAtout