Nothhingspecial, otherwise known as Chrissie is an artist that makes use of her distinctive style all the while not being afraid to experiment during her creative process. She writes and produces her songs on her own and does all that with maximum passion. Chrissie is an artistical soul from Germany that cannot be stopped from her ever luring creativeness. While she is constantly evolving, she’s trying to get the most out of herself every time she works on a new project. At only 19 years old, she is already an inspiration for younger artists that aspire to become musicians. On her social media she shares her thoughts on her whole journey and process of being an artist in an age, where everyone compares themselves to other people and how to stay true to yourself. In this Interview we talked to her about her new single and her relationship with music.
Can you give us an insight into your creative process?
Everything I create usually starts with a little idea like a bassline, a chord progression or an emotion I want to portray. Sometimes melodies randomly come up in my head in the middle of the night. I would say that typically I start to build lyrics around that melody and pick an instrument of my choice to play along. Usually I am able to decide pretty quickly, if I feel like an idea has the potential to become something bigger I try to delve deeper into that. And whenever that moment comes along, I turn to my DAW and start recording a song.
What first got you into making music?
I always felt a strong connection towards music and loved the idea of creating something new. There were many artists and bands I looked up to when I was younger. Particularly Twenty One Pilots’ lead singer Tyler Joseph inspired me to start playing the piano again and eventually write my own first instrumental.
What inspires you and makes you feel passionate about music?
If I am being honest, I sometimes ask myself the same question. Music is incredibly magical, that it can be hard for me to grasp exactly what it is, that makes it so very special. I feel like it can transfer you into a whole different dimension, a spiritual realm almost. It just makes me feel so much on a deeper level and gives me a sense of purpose. Music is expression, creating a new world and sharing beautiful moments which I think is infinitely powerful and inspiring.
Your new single ‘We’re not made for goodbyes’ is out now. What is the meaning behind it?
‘We’re not made for goodbyes’ is about a relationship that just does not seem to end. It is about letting go, moving on and its difficulties. It does not necessarily have to be about two people. It can be about anything you want it to be. To me it is many things, but I want to leave it open to interpretation.
What have you learned about yourself during the past years producing and making music on your own? Is there anything you would like to share as a message for other aspiring artists?
Something I think is really important is the fact, that you should just start and keep going. Even if you feel like you’re not ready yet or you don’t have the right equipment, the right skills whatsoever: just start. You can only get better and improve, once you start practicing. Don’t get discouraged at first, because you’re probably going to make a lot of music you’re not satisfied with. However, you will get there if you keep practicing and learning.
Besides, you should never forget why you started making music in the first place. It is quite easy to get caught up in a routine which can feel like a chore once you start to make a lot of music every single day. Sometimes you should ask yourself: “Do I really feel like making music right now?” and: “Am I doing this for me?”.
Is there anything else you are currently working on?
I am currently working on a cypher with a couple of friends that is coming out soon or might be out already. Other than that, I am planning on releasing an EP this year, as well as writing demos for my Alternative Indie band, process. I cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Listen to her new song ‘ We’re not made for goodbyes’ on every streaming platform now!
Written by: Melina Spahn