An interview with Nina Sky

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With the temperatures dropping here in the states, it’s nice to have

something warm to look forward to, particularly when it involves a

vacation packed with lesbians and various forms of entertainment. In my

many years as a lesbian, I still haven’t been able to make my way to

Palm Springs for the annual weekend of fun and debauchery also known as

The Dinah. I’m hoping this

might just be my year, particularly because Nina Sky will be doubling your

pleasure and doubling your fun as headliners for the White Diamonds party on Friday

night
(March 30).

Natalie and Nicole Albino are the gorgeous twin powers

who brought us the banger “Move Ya Body.” The pair have collaborated

with musicians like CREEP, Major Lazer and Sean Paul and have been known to

light up the dance floor with remixes. To help get you in the mood to

party, Nina Sky is giving away their great 2010 EP, The Other Side, for free on

their website.

Nicole recently came out and is married to her fashion designer wife, Erin Magee, who took on the Albini

surname. I can only imagine that now that she’s gone public with her

relationship, it should make the Dinah experience even more fun to

share with the crowd.

AfterEllen.com: Dinah weekend has become

this incredible lesbian Spring Break party. How did you feel about

being asked to be a headliner?

Nicole Albini: We’re super

excited to a part of Dinah weekend. It looks like it’s going to be a

blast!

AE: Are you nervous about being

surrounded by lesbians at all? Natalie, how are you feeling about all

of this?

Natalie Albini: We’re

coming to have fun and put on a great show. As

long as the audience is into partying with us and having a good time,

we can dig it! Looking forward to the fun.

AE: They have a lot of activities

planned and I’ve seen some video

footage of some dance-offs that were pretty eye-opening. Do you have

time to hang out and enjoy the party weekend?

Nicole: We’ll be at Dinah for

two days. Hopefully we’ll get to check out some of the other activities!

AE: You worked with Major Lazer,

Creep, Pitbull and my Chicago homegirl

Kid Sister. What was it like to work with all of these different

artists and how did the collaborations come about — particularly

because their sounds are all so different?

Nicole: We love all genres of

music and experimenting with different

sounds. Our music is R&B-based but we try to keep everything fun.

With the Major Lazer Collab, Diplo contacted us to write to one of

their tracks. We loved the vibe and jumped on it. For

CREEP, we

reached out to Lauren Flax and

she told us about the project she

working on with Lauren Dillard.

Initially we wanted a song for

our album, but ended up writing “You” for theirs. Our collaborations

are just based on vibe and inspiration. If you can inspire us with

what you’re doing, we love to be a part of it!

AE: You’ve been arguing with your

record label over your most recent

album, Starting Today, has

there been any movement or reconciliation

there?

Nicole: We did have a

disagreement with the last label we were

signed to, Polo Grounds, and

the way they handled our project. We were

fortunate enough, with the support of our fans, to get out of that label

deal and are currently independent artists. Some of the songs

from Starting Today, which

was never given a label release, will

be featured on our upcoming EP.

AE: In light of the label argument,

you were able to independently

release your EP, The Other Side

— which is so smooth! Part of

what I love so much about it is hearing some of the ’90s samples in

there — “Funk Dat” is obvious but did I also hear a Crystal Waters

instrumental sample in there? There was a while there when I only wore

Cross Colours and had “Hip Hop” shaved into the back of my head.


Natalie: Glad you enjoyed the

music! The Other Side EP was heavily

inspired by the music that we used to dance to when we were growing up

in Queens, NY. We sampled Sagat‘s “Funk That,”  and covered

The Cure‘s “Love Song.” We wanted to record fun music without feeling

like we had to re-create what’s “hot” on the radio.

AE: I hope this comes across the way I

want it to but, your music in

general has a great mid-to-late ’90s feel to it, which is to say it’s

the right amount dance and the right amount of lean-back mellow cool. I

really didn’t think about it until right about now, but music in the

’90s pop dance world was pretty great — and happy! There wasn’t the

heavy overproduction that there is now. What would you say your musical

intentions are when it comes to making music? What kind of feelings or

emotions are you hoping to bring to the listeners?

Natalie: It seems like

everyone is recreating the same songs over

and over. Artists are all after the same producers and what happens is,

you turn on the radio and everything sounds the same. We love a lot of

the music we’re not on a mission to make songs that sound like what’s

currently in the top 10. Those songs already exist. You know what I

mean? We love ’90s music and even earlier music than that. We

grew up in a household where we were listening to every genre, and the

best of it. This is what inspires us.

AE: Your song “Only You” is one of my

favorite tracks you’ve ever put

out. Where did that song come from? Of course, I’m hoping it’s for a

special ladyfriend. What’s the story behind it?

Natalie: Thank you, it’s

definitely one of our personal favorites

too. “Only You” is about a special feeling, this “You

make my heart skip a beat, I’m so in love, can’t wait to see you

again feeling.” Nicole and I are lucky to have experienced this special

kind of love, so it was a  fun song to write! That’s pretty

much where the song came from. It was produced by Double O of Kidz in

the Hall
.

AE: What other projects or

collaborations are you working on right now?




Nicole:
  Right now we’re

recording another EP. We’re working

with lots of amazing producers, CREEP, Beau Vallis, DJ Yonny who

produced on The Other Side, and a few others who we won’t mention yet! In January, we’re shooting a music video and hoping to release the

first single. This year has been great to us and we are really looking

forward to 2012 to be equally amazing.

You can get tickets and find out more about Nina Sky’s performance at the White Diamonds party at thedinah.com.

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