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
style="font-weight: bold;">Nina Sky will be doubling your
pleasure and doubling your fun as headliners for the White Diamonds party on Friday
night (March 30).
style="font-weight: bold;">Albino are the gorgeous twin powers
who brought us the banger “Move Ya Body.” The pair have collaborated
with musicians like CREEP,
style="font-weight: bold;">Major Lazer and
style="font-weight: bold;">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,
style="font-style: italic;">The Other Side, for free on
Nicole recently came out and is married to her fashion designer wife,
style="font-weight: bold;">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
AE: Are you nervous about being
surrounded by lesbians at all? Natalie, how are you feeling about all
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
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
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
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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,
style="font-weight: bold;">Beau Vallis,
style="font-weight: bold;">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.