A New Frontier of Sound: An Interview with T. Nile


“Did you get it?” I ask tentatively as T. Nile takes a deft swing.

“Sorry buddy,” she says to the mosquito she just obliterated at the Media Tent on Gallagher Hill.

After her first EFMF appearance in 2007, T. Nile is enthused to be back at the Edmonton Folk Musical Festival this year: “There is something about the culture here…people are very openhearted, unpretentious, quick to offer help, quick to laugh, appreciative, and attentive to music… it doesn’t get any better than this,” she continues, “there are lots of great festivals but this one is really up there.” This time at the EFMF, T. Nile is taking the stage with Kim Beggs, both as separate artists but with some shared musicians between them. It was a collaborative pairing suggested by EFMF booker, Terry Wickham. Nile remarked that while working in collaboration with artists she values receptivity, openness, and creative thinking; Kim Beggs definitely has all of these attributes. As a result, the organic pairing of these two songstresses is audible.

Currently, T. Nile is working on her new record which will potentially be released in Spring 2013 to coincide with her UK and European tour. Her enthusiasm is apparent since this record has the potential to be a cross-over record for her as she develops her electro-folk sound. Following her passion to challenge herself as an artist, she states that she will always maintain the folk themes in her music but she is excited about exploring the realm of dance music. Current musical inspiration for her new album include Bat for Lashes, Fever Ray, and Chromeo: “I’m excited about synthesizers, drum machines, and the way that you can create any sound… it’s a new frontier of sound… there is this whole world that opens up to you.” T. Nile’s voice manages to penetrate the layers of socially constructed facade and into the very core of her listeners. While it is evident on her tracks from 2006 record, “At the Table” and her more recent 2009 EP release of “Cabin Song,” I definitely hear it on her song “Buddy.” Her most recent “Cabin Song” release is a series of aural vignettes which channel a back-woods energy from songs such as “Lake Irene” to “Sunrises.”

As Nile continues to explores her electro-folk sound, it will be exciting to hear the evolution of her folk roots sound fused with electronic music on her new record. However, regardless of musical genre she produces, Nile still has some hopes for audience members watching her perform: “I want them to feel like we had a connection,” she continues with a smile, “If people are dancing I feel like I’ve really done my job.”

Listen to the complete interview to hear T. Nile’s thought’s on her upcoming European tour, the Peak Performance Project she has been competing in, connecting with her fans through social media, things that she could do without as a touring musician, why her banjo is named Jolene, and what instrument she wishes she could play.

A fan-made video of her song, “Trees”

-miss. sable

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