Inspiring people series — vol. 1
For those who might not know you, how would you introduce Nabihah Iqbal?
I'm a musician, producer, DJ and broadcaster from London. I present a bi-weekly show on NTS Radio and I'm also currently hosting a show on BBC 6Music, exploring music and field recordings from all around the world. My debut album 'Weighing of the Heart' was released via Ninja Tune in December 2017 and I'm currently working on my second album at my studio in Somerset House, here in London.
What made you change your career from law to music? What was your first approach with music?
Music has always been my favourite thing but I never planned to do music as a career. I was focusing on law but then all the music side of my life started getting busier - I released my first record, got a show on NTS and started getting more gig bookings - so I just decided to concentrate fully on music, and see where it took me! I'm glad I made that decision.
You released a song last year - ‘Is This Where It Ends’. How has the global pandemic and the lockdown affected your creativity?
I've definitely found it difficult to be creative over the past year, and to write music. It's been tough because nearly everyone's lives have been affected negatively by lockdown and the pandemic. Not being able to travel, to play shows, to hang out with friends - it all makes a difference. I was trying to write music but I felt like I just wasn't getting any ideas because there was much less inspiration around me. However, I think things are finally starting to get better so I hope I can now be more productive in the studio.
How would you describe your style? Do you prioritize sustainable and responsible options when buying?
I'd say my style is quite fluid - I like wearing lots of different kinds of clothes so it just depends on how I'm feeling on the day. It's always about finding the balance between looking good and feeling good. I've been thinking more and more about shopping responsibly and sustainably over the past few years. I'm buying less items, but better quality, so that they last longer. I try to avoid brands which have been exposed for unethical employment practices.
What do you think about our latest release - the Atlas crossbody?
It's a great bag - practical and lightweight - and it's really useful for cycling because it sits across the body perfectly. It's great to know that the bag has been made from recycled materials so it gets extra points for that too :)
What would make your favorite top 5 tracks?
Right now... Funky Ride by OutKast, Munyiva by One Man Guitar, My Mind Went Blank by DJ Screw, Kerosene by Yves Tomour, and Give Me Back My Man by the B52s.
Play Nabihah Iqbal top 5 favorite tracks and discover some of her songs below: