Andrea Nardello

It may not have started out like a bolt of lightning (this business isn’t built for overnight success unless you’re willing to settle for the cookie cutter pop method), but Andrea Nardello’s career has matured into something that folks on both sides of the country are starting to talk about. The soul infused, blues and rock influenced, guitar toting New Jerseynative has been making a name for herself since the “Until Now” days… and today with “My Aeroplane”, Nardello is collecting fans and industry respect like no other.

It helped that her tune, “Drink from the Cup” was featured in No Cover Magazine’s compilation CD (available in Barnes and Nobles everywhere), but it’s probably the fact that the sophomore record was under Grammy consideration in 2010 that really has folks excited. Nardello says that “My Aeroplane” has “more of an upbeat and positive feel” than “Until Now”. She continues, “The new album has a very cool groove to it and there are new instruments like congas and sax that really give it a different vibe… I’ve been describing my music as Folk/Pop with some Soul behind it. My music tastes range across a variety of genres so I think that comes across in my songs.”

After you pick up “My Aeroplane”, you’ll be ready to sing along to the live record that arrives this summer. Keep your eye out and check the schedule. There’s a whole lot more to get into down below, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Andrea Nardello (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Andrea Nardello (AN): Lately I’ve been describing my music as Folk/Pop with some Soul behind it. My music tastes range across a variety of genres so I think that comes across in my songs. My performances are very energetic and upbeat which is usually not expected from a tiny girl with a guitar.

PEV: Growing up in Southern New Jersey but now calling Atlanta, Georgia home what kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

AN: I need to make a correction here. I moved back up North and call South Jersey/Philadelphia my home again J I would say my top 5 influences growing up were Janis Joplin, Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, Counting Crows and Indigo Girls. Living in Atlanta definitely exposed me to more country rock and singer/songwriters. It was a great music scene, it’s where I recorded my first album, and I tour there as much as I can. 

PEV: Having played in the business for a good time now, what was it like for you when you first started out?

AN: It was scary when I first started. It takes a lot of courage to stand on stage with just a guitar and sing about your most personal moments in life. There was a lot of self-doubt that I needed to overcome. I also didn’t understand the business side of music so there was definitely a lot to learn in that respect. Persistence is definitely a lesson that needs to be learned early on.

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?

AN: The first time I felt I was onto something was when I started getting public recognition, specifically from No Cover Magazine. They picked my song, Drink From The Cup, to be on their compilation CD that was going to be distributed in their magazine in Barnes and Nobles Stores nationwide. It’s one thing when your family builds you up or your friends tell you that you are awesome. It’s another thing when strangers and magazines start covering and getting into your music.

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live Andrea Nardello show?

AN: I always deliver my performances with a lot of passion and heart. I expect everyone to really feel what I’m singing about and get into the show. Definitely expect me to interact with the crowd. I try to make the audience engaged and almost be a part of the show. Don’t expect a soft, delicate performance. I am high energy and I love when the crowd is dancing and screaming.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

AN: I love what I do.

PEV: Any preshow rituals before going on stage or do you just wing it?

AN: I wish I had a ritual but I don’t L I do however try to do something that is local to where I am performing. This way I have something to talk to the crowd about when I’m not in my hometown. Plus I just love being in new places and trying new things.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

AN: The majority of my inspiration comes from my personal experiences. I also tend to write about my friends and families experiences as well. For my third album I’m planning on breaking that mold and I am going to try to challenge and broaden my writing style.

PEV: Tell us about your sophomore release, "My Aeroplane”. What can fans expect from this work? How is this different from your debut, “Until Now”?

AN: I would definitely say there is more of an upbeat and positive feel to “My Aeroplane”. I think “Until Now” was a compilation of my darkest moments, which isn’t a bad thing it’s just a lot of sad songs. The new album has a very cool groove to it and there are new instruments like congas and sax that really give it a different vibe. I’m very proud of this album and I have received a lot of positive feedback.

PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer’s block and if so, how do you get over that?

AN:  (laughing) How did you know I was going through writers block? It’s a real thing and I think I’ve had it for the last couple of months. The way I snapped out of it this time was by going to an open mic. People are inspiring and music is inspiring so I just started writing while I sat there and listened and waited for my turn to perform. I think sometimes free form writing is the best way to snap out of writers block. I also like to take long drives. It gets me thinking which then leads to writing and eventually singing.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Andrea Nardello?

AN: I’m 5 feet tall.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

AN: Definitely after recording my first album. Once I had the album finished was when I really started getting amazing opportunities. It also prompted me to begin touring which really made having a music career very real for me.

PEV: What one word best describes Andrea Nardello?

AN: Charismatic

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

AN: I’m lucky that I can go on tour by myself with just my guitar and me. The best part about being on the road is meeting new people and experiencing new places. I LOVE traveling. I am also the type of musician that wants to stay in contact with my fans so performing in new cities or small towns is a great experience. The worst part of touring is that it is exhausting and things never quite go as planned. Sometimes the weather causes delays, traffic makes you late, or venues need to switch a date. Sometimes you have to sleep in the same room as someone who snores, or keeps the TV on while sleeping, or likes the room temperature to be sub-zero. That’s when I get unhappy. Other then that, I like life on the road.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

AN: I have not gotten to the Mid-West yet and I think that would be a cool experience. I have hit both the east coast and the west coast but I need to get to the middle! I have met some really cool people and musicians from Madison, WI and I think I’d fit in well there. I definitely need to make that happen.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

AN: I have one of the greatest support systems and it’s played a huge role in my success. My family, friends, and girlfriend have always believed in me and that makes my life so much easier. Playing a show in my hometown is rowdy and extremely interactive. Lots of screaming and heckling which always makes for an interesting show.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

AN: I cook and play Gaelic Football in my spare time. Cooking is a great form of therapy and sports gets the aggression out! I am a Libra so I need balance in my life and those two things help keep me balanced and happy.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

AN:  I think you should look out for Christie Lenee. She is my lead guitarist and has her own band as well and when I say this girl can play, I mean this girl can play. She often makes jaws drop with her skills on the guitar and I think her passion and persistence will easily drive her to the top. I’m confident she will make a very big name for herself in the world of music.

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?

AN: I think I would own a restaurant. It’s the only other career that still peaks my interest. I may even decide to have my cake and eat it too…Dare I open a restaurant with live music? Hmm, I think we are onto something.

PEV: So, what is next for Andrea Nardello?

AN: I have a lot of exciting things coming up actually. I am going to release a live album this summer, I have new merchandise coming out, and I will be touring up to Canada in May. I hope to be back in the recording studio by the end of this year so stay tuned. I’m always moving and shaking.

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