THE SHORT STORY
“I like all kinds of music – rock, folk, hip hop, new wave, soul, country, psychedelic, electro, classical. I don’t see why artists should have to limit themselves to playing one style. We are of the playlist-making, Spotify-wielding, shuffle-friendly generation so I think it’s outdated to expect a solo artist to explore only one style of music. I have zero desire to be locked into anything be it a genre, a marriage, a country – freedom of expression is what music and art is about. If you aren’t able to experiment, then it’s not really art. It’s clever, strategic, business or whatever, but it’s not the type of art that I want to make.”
Renowned for her genre-hopping irreverence and mesmerising stage presence, the Melbourne born, Paris bred songstress, Nadeah Miranda, has supported artists as diverse as Tame Impala, Nick Cave, Franz Ferdinand, Mick Jones (The Clash), The Do, Damian Rice, Yodelice, Charlie Winston and James. She’s worked with acclaimed producers including Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Bat for Lashes), Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague), Tommy D (Catatonia, Right Said Fred) and Grammy nominated classical composer, Nicola Tescari.
THE BACK STORY
After losing her passport on a train from London, a teenage Nadeah began busking outside Parisian cafes in order to make enough money to buy herself a new one. By chance she played in front of a small bar in St Germain, Bar du Marché, where French guitarist, Art Menuteau was sitting enjoying the late afternoon Autumnal rays. He tipped her and invited her to record some tracks at his home studio and within a week they had written 5 songs, including Magic Fairy Butterfly. The pair pressed up some CD demos (yes, this was a long time ago) and sent them off to the UK and, having received major label interest, moved to Brighton, England to live the great rock ’n’ roll dream. They signed to a major label (Island/Universal) but finding the hit machine mentality counter to their experimental natures, Nadeah and Art parted with Universal and founded the alt rock independent band, The loveGods.
The live shows were electric. Word of mouth travelled quickly as The loveGods began to sell out venues throughout the UK. They were hailed Radio 1’s Best Unsigned Band and the Sunday Times’ Next Big thing. They played Glastonbury twice, supported Nick Cave, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and James and released two albums before Nadéah was banned from the UK due to immigration complications.
The songwriter returned to Paris where she met ‘French Touch’ producer Marc Collin who invited her to sing on his project, Hollywood Mon Amour. After seeing a live show he then asked her to front, Nouvelle Vague, replacing rockabilly punk queen Phoebe Killdeer and “chanteuse extraordinaire” Camille. Nadéah co-fronted the band with Mèlanie Pain for three years, performing again at Glastonbury Festival, as well as Henry Fonda Theatre (Los Angeles), Irving Plaza (NYC) and London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. She appeared on four of Nouvelle Vague’s albums before going solo and releasing 3 of her own – Venus Gets Even (2011), While the Heart Beats (2016) , MilkTeeth (2020)
In 2020, she released her electro orchestral album, Milkteeth on vinyl as well as an extended 17 track double vinyl of While the Heart Beats (includes the singles STAND and Lives On the Run, the theme tune which she penned for the Italian Series, Vite in Fuga, out on fetchhappened.co.uk). Nadeah also released the 4 track DreamBitchesEP under the name Nadeah&Beki (Kwaidan Records)
THE LONG STORY
Nadeah usually lives between Paris and Melbourne, Australia but is currently being held hostage in suburbia by the Australian government. It’s a covid thing, nothing personal.Someday this will end but in the meantime she livestreams shows to her audience all around the planet. She played more than 200 live-stream shows last year as part of the Lockdown Lounge Room Tour and hopes to make the world a better place by doing so.