By Yasmin Giannini and Elizabeth Sahyoun, aged 12 years
This year UK singer songwriter Nina Schofield fronts Learn To Play Day at Yamaha Music London. We decided to found out more about Nina and the event which is being hosted for children in London!
When did you first start to sing?
I’m told I wrote melodies in the pram, however, my first memories are at primary school. I wrote songs and as I was also learning the piano the writing kept developing alongside my singing. I’m lucky to have had a very musical upbringing where creativity was encouraged.
Your new video is shot on Snap Chat, how did you come up with the idea?
I had a short deadline to meet and wanted to try something modern and fun. I love Snapchat, so it seemed like a good idea! In life it’s good to do something a bit silly – plus it’s something everyone is able to give a go!
How important is the internet in the way you make your music?
It’s important. Besides helping me connect and work with other songwriters and musicians, it also gives me a platform to express myself. I am able to draw inspiration from music and media I find on the Internet too.
Do you like meeting your fans?
Yes it’s amazing! There’s a special bond there music wise and I enjoy getting to know them more. I also I have a great interaction with my fans online, especially on Facebook, it’s amazing to see the family grow on there.
What is it like being a singer?
The singing bit is the most fun part – there’s also the business side to this career (which takes up a lot of time). My favourite parts are writing new songs, performing and creating a connection with an audience. It’s a crazy job with many ups and downs and I’m so happy I get to follow my passion.
Learn To Play Days are on 24 & 25 June. How did you feel when you were chosen to write the anthem for the event?
Excited! It’s exactly what I represent and what I want to encourage. Learning to play an instrument is what helped me express myself in all ways whilst I was growing up. I want to encourage the opportunity for as many people as I am able to and this has given me the platform to do so.
It’s sometimes it may be challenging learning to play an instrument, what words of encouragement might you offer us?
Have patience and keep the passion! Be kind to yourself and keep focusing on the reasons why you wanted to start learning in the first place!
What might Learn to Play Day be like?
It’s going to be an exciting few days of workshops at Yamaha Music London – showing how different instruments are able to shape a song. I am looking forward to play Beat Another Rhythm live with the group at the end of each workshop!
Do you have any words of advice for younger fans wanting to be like you?
At all times stay true to you and develop your unique self – this is how your passions grow healthily and happily. We all have something uniquely amazing to offer, so take inspiration from others then turn it into a truly one-of-a-kind offering. Work hard, be polite, and give yourself permission to have time off too!
What are we able to expect from Nina Schofield over the next year?
I’m presently writing new material, which aims to be a series of singles leading up to an album. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road and playing live again after a great year of touring last year in support of my album SHAPES.
To get FREE tickets to the Learn To Play Day workshops register at: https://www.yamahamusiclondon.com/article.php?article_id=188
For more info on Nina: http://ninaschofield.com