“I think that if you cut me open and looked into my bones you would see that’s where the melodies flow”. So opens north London singer, songwriter, producer and rising pop chameleon Ny’s forthcoming new single ‘Music’. Released through Cooking Vinyl on 7th May, the track is taken from Ny’s forthcoming album Who Is She and follows 1Xtra’s Record of the Week ‘Be With You’, which also picked up plays from Fearne Cotton and Chris Moyles. A strikingly assured single boasting an addictive monster bass hook, ‘Music’ comes complete with mixes from Sunship, Ruffloaderz and Bill Posters. Ny will tour with Plan B at his forthcoming series of live dates across June and July.
Ever since childhood – spent making music with instruments brought by her parents in lieu of a television – Ny had always known she wanted to be a singer. By the time she reached her teens Ny was appearing on pirate radio station Freak FM, singing jingles and helping out where possible. After entering a talent show at the age of 15, Ny began working for a company organising Under 18s raves. There she met Ms Dynamite who asked her to join her on tour; not to perform but to watch and learn.
“It taught me that I could go in a room and not be shy to talk to anybody,” says Ny. “To know that if you believe in what you're doing you've got to make other people believe in what you're doing.” Ny also started to get into grime, connecting with the freedom of expression the genre offered her. “It was just the feeling it gave me and the freedom to say what you want and be what you want and the level of expression people had. It was like doing poetry but over a beat. It's not the aggression, it's the passion that comes out.”
By the age of 17, Ny had moved out from the family home and had put together her first mixtape – sold in person around the West End for a fiver – with support from an impressive roll call of contacts including Plan B, Wiley and Professor Green. A follow up was then released through True Tiger Recordings, which lead to her appearing on Ironik's Top 5 single ‘Stay With Me’. From there she joined best friend Tulisa Contostavlos and the rest of N-Dubz as support on their UK arena tour. “For me, doing arenas was next level. The power and adrenalin you get from standing on that stage, you don't want to get off.” she exclaims. “You don't really get the chance to sit and think about it and I hate sitting down, I've got ants in my pants. I'm always like 'what do I have to do next?'”
From her patient beginnings it feels like it's finally Ny's time. “For me, music's been a huge factor - like another parent, then a boyfriend, then it's been a friend and then it's been a child when it's acting up. It feels like it's trapped you in a little bubble and you don't even want to get away from it.”
LIVE w/ Plan B
15 June SUFFOLK Thetford Forest SOLD OUT
16 June NOTTINGHAM Sherwood Forest
22 June TUNBRIDGE WELLS Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest
23 June TETBURY Westonbirt Arboretum
29 June RUGELEY Cannock Chase Forest
30 June PICKERING Dalby Forest
07 July DELAMERE Delamere Forest SOLD OUT