Nina Nastasia talks about loss and rediscovery, self-esteem and singing, and potatoes in the back of the car.
A note of caution: Some parts of this conversation will not be suitable for all listeners — it involves discussion of self-harm, abusive relationships, and suicide.
“Personally, I never cared about being good enough. I didn’t care — I always thought the idea of being the best in something in art is just absurd.”
Nina Nastasia is an American singer-songwriter. Her seventh and most recent album, Riderless Horse, was released by Temporary Residence Records in 2022.
Repatterning is a series of talks about being turned inside out. It is about the experience of being radically upended, the work of dreaming, and the ghosts that travel along the way. Concentric circles rippling outwards from art, crisis, music, sickness, reinvention, mourning, renewal, collapse, and enchantment. Picking through the remnants and imagining what might emerge, as the grains of sand pile upwards, the hope drone swells, the gamelan chimes, and the distant bells peal.