NUUXS is a budding artist in the alt-pop scene who wants to embed her unique experiences within her song writing. NUUXS embraces a quirky musical style and this is evident from watching the music video for her latest single ‘Starship’, which celebrates kaleidoscopic visuals with bursts of colour and ambiguous shapes. In this Q and A, we caught up with NUUXS to talk about her latest single ‘Starship’, her musical perspective, and her ambitions as an artist…

NUUXS: Embracing Honesty and Quirkiness in her Latest Single ‘Starship’ by Jessica Doran

For those who might not know your music. How would you best describe your music style?

My style is diverse, from influences of pop, jazz, soul and dance, I’d describe it as quirky, slightly off the wall, and very expressive.

Where did you come up with the concept for your latest single ‘Starship?

I loved Star Trek as a kid and I wanted to use that memory to create the style of song that came about. I wrote it not knowing that one day there would be an actual launch vehicle created by Space X called ‘Starship’ and also with the greats that must be looking down on us shaking their heads at how we could do some much better as a human race – pollution is addressed in one of the lines in the song “I cough on your fumes, lungs beyond repair.”

NUUXS Starship

You have a really interesting backstory where you grew up quite cut off from wider society. Can you tell us a little bit about this?

I have a complicated back story, and, yes, a big part of it was spent extremely secluded where I experienced a very controlled life in an environment of domestic and mental abuse. It’s unfortunately happening to far too many people. I’m lucky to be where I am today.

Since you were cut off from wider culture – who were your musical influences?

The earlier parts of my life weren’t cut off. It was rich in culture, I experienced my Lao culture from my dad’s side and my cousins who found refuge in the UK and France. The music in Laos is so beautiful and dramatic and emotive. My dad would sing karaoke any time he was off work. I went to a primary school in Hackney and everyone came from somewhere different and we all fit in together. We’d listen to The Fugees and TLC a lot. I would spend my summers at my grandparents in France and I loved R’n’B hip hop because my older sister did.

Where do you get your musical inspiration from, and what do you write most about in your lyrics?

I mainly write about my experiences but I also like to sing about things like ‘Starship’. It’s a great way of being creative and I can express how I feel about certain topics happening in the world and try to sing about things everyone else can relate to too.

Who would you most like to do a collab with and why?

I’d love to collab with Chris from Christine and the Queens. She’s incredibly talented. I’d also love to work with Tame Impala, Theophilus London and The Weeknd.

Where would be your ideal venue/festival/place to perform live?

Get me in a pub with a buzzing crowd any day of the week. It’s the environment I started in and will always love. You can’t beat the smell of beer drenched pub.

What can we expect to see from your music next?

Expect to see more about where I come from. A lot of honesty coming and a lot of fun.

You can listen to more of NUUXS’ songs here.

NUUXS: Embracing Honesty and Quirkiness in her Latest Single ‘Starship’ by Jessica Doran