In support of her recently released EP Forbidden Feelings, the UK’s Nia Archives has confirmed her first tour dates in North America. The run off dates, starts off on the west coast with a show in San Francisco on July 29 and follows that with a slot at the Hard Summer festival, a show in Brooklyn on August 4 and an August 5 show in Miami. In 2021 the 22 year old Nia Archives unveiled her debut EP Headz Gone West. Spanning 5-tracks including her hypnotic and escapist debut single “Sober Feels” and title track “Headz Gone West”.
Nia Archives Archives’ music fuses different sounds together with a production style that is heavily influenced by everything from UK rave and dance culture such as old skool jungle, hardcore, UKG and Dubstep, as well as gospel, soul, R&B and jazz. Working with the likes of Redlight, P-Rallel, Jakwob, IZCO, V Recordings and more, the future is bright for this exciting new artist on the Jungle and Drum & Bass scene.
Including her personal exploration of her struggles with body dysmorphia ‘Luv Like’, the reggae leaning single sampling Cocoa Tea’s “Young Longer,” “18 & Over” and “Forbidden Feelingz”. The artist’s newest EP also features “Ode To Maya Angelou” – a dedication to one of her biggest inspirations, “Gud Gudbyez” and “Part Of Me” which is about losing a part of herself after the breakdown of a predominant relationship. This six track EP speaks volumes on talent, with Nia writing music geared more towards the club and big sound systems. Exploring and presenting different sides of her artistry, this project further solidifies her status as one of the most exciting new producers on the scene connecting generations of junglists.
A proud young British black woman who grew up in a predominantly white area, it’s important to Nia to take up space in jungle as a young Black woman, representing her Jamaican roots and carving out space for other Black women to see themselves in the genre. Heavily influenced by soundsystem culture and carnival – the good vibes, energy and uniting quality of which undeniably teems through her music, she’s also inspired by artists and icons like Grace Jones, Erykah Badu, Angela Davies, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou and more – all women who in their own way have represented and pushed forwards generations of black women.
Born in Bradford and growing up in Leeds where her earliest memories of music are deeply rooted in her Jamaican heritage, after moving out at 16, she relocated to Manchester, where her way of getting to know people was through raves and house parties. Forming a close community of like-minded ravers, she felt emboldened to take the mic at house parties to sing and freestyle, soon dabbling in production with a downloaded crack version of Logic.
Nia Archives 2022 North American tour Dates
7/29 – 1015 Folsom – San Francisco, CA
7/30 – The Hard Summer festival – San Bernardino, CA
8/4 – Zone One (Elsewhere) – Brooklyn, NY
8/5 – The Ground – Miami, FL
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