Nicole Slade's Artist Profile
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The sights and sounds of the different cultures she encountered while travelling around the world at a tender age, sparked Nicole's interest in music. Her fate with music was sealed when the internationally renowned group Bonny M. visited them at home while living in Germany. Her parents enrolled her at the Little Theatre Club in Mombasa, Kenya, where she learnt ballet and always made sure she went to bed with either Peabo Bryson or Toni Braxton playing on the radio. Her mother and aunt would also voice train her and her sisters each sunday afternoon by making them sing hymns and learn how to harmonize. Nicole's love for dancing began from the first moment she heard Lingala music. Due to this, she won various children's dancing competitions. She started taking piano lessons at the age of five and got her first ever Casio keyboard aged six, which she still possesses to this day as a lucky charm. Constant encouragement made her start writing short songs and poems and she had somewhat mastered songwriting by the time she was ten years old. Her musical interests were, however, put on hold for a few years while she concentrated on her swimming endeavours which saw her compete both nationally and internationally. Nicole wrote songs, acted in plays and was part of the school choir while in high school and was also part of a girl group called 'Digital Sisters' though the group soon disbanded to pursue solo interests.
Nicole's move to Malaysia in 2005, saw her meet Zimbabwean singer/songwriter Tinashe Makura whose musical prowess encouraged her to write and produce more music. She then joined her family in London where she became a TKSPIN master of movement dance apprentice that saw her hone her street hip hop dancing and choreography skills. She also met Kenyan rapper K-Letta (www.myspace.com/mrosore2u), who she credits as her advisor, music peer and support system to this day, and who encouraged her to start working with other artists in the UK. Nicole got to work with Kenyan producer The Beatmacca and with Wyre, one of East Africa's hottest Bashment artists. Word spread about her talent and Sony BMG sent a representative to watch her perform live at Club Afrique, London. Shortly after, Gatwitch records, a label founded and owned by the world famous warchild rapper Emmanuel Jal, approached her. However, she saw it best to do things her own way as she did not want to be restricted to a specific music genre. She then took musical instrument and vocal practice classes to improve her craft while presenting her own radio show for Goldsmith University's Wired Radio. In 2008, Nicole had the chance to meet Rihanna (who gave her invaluable advice), and was also given a tour of what happens behind-the-scenes of Rihanna's shows. Her meeting with Kelis at an invite-only show this year, has only inspired her more.
Nicole is currently a student of the prestigious world reknown SAE Institute where she is studying Sound Engineering. She is also a member of the Hillsong Church London (www.hillsong.co.uk ) production team that manage the stage sound and lighting at Hillsong service and events. She has recently started getting into the progressive house scene with her song "Forbidden Dance" seeing her being compared to world known dj/producer, Avicii. It is also vital to note that Nicole produces all her music herself, unless clearly stated otherwise.
Nicole, who is East Africa's first upcoming female producer/sound engineer, is currently producing and writing her debut album and with talent such as hers, it is only a matter of time before this rising star becomes a household name