“Step out of the comfort zone and challenge yourself. That’s when we create the most interesting and honest art.”
So notes emerging artist Nanna.B. Co-signed by Anderson .Paak and his manager Adrian Miller, Nanna.B is premiering the video for her latest single today, “Where is the $$$.” Directed by Dana Washington, the video and its dreamy vibe were influenced by ‘40s experimental filmmaker Maya Deren. “Deren had her very own way of using imagery to create stories that defy time and space,” says Nanna.B.
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Available now through iTunes, “Where Is the $$$” sums up Nanna.B’s creative choice and path. “It’s to not be willing to compromise and to stay true to one’s art and heart,” says the singer. “It has been difficult and challenging to live and create this way, but the reward — creating and sharing art — is always worth it. We are constantly being programmed to follow a certain path that is in the interest of the system, not the heart.”
The song’s lyrics and message also carry other meanings for Nanna.B. “The $$$/dough/bread can mean love, freedom, space to be onself,” she explains. “And ‘Where is the $$$?’ is a really relevant question in a broader sense, [about] living in a capitalist society where a few people are sitting on most of the wealth and important decisions are being made based on profit.”
The ethereal, soulful track is the latest release from the singer-songwriter’s self-produced EP, LAPIS: for her, and first project for Miller’s incubator label for new artists, Powered by XYion (PBX). Released last March, the EP also includes first single “Beaches.”
Nanna.B originally hails from Denmark, where she was inspired by influences ranging from D’Angelo, Joni Mitchell and Patrice Rushen to Minnie Riperton, Alice Coltrane and Sa-Ra. In fact, it was Shafiq Husayn, the Grammy-winning artist/producer of Sa-Ra Creative Partners (Kanye West, Erykah Badu), who brought her into his Dove Society band/musical family and introduced her to .Paak, Miller and singer/producer Iman Omari (Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign).
“Sometimes Denmark can be very small,” says Nanna.B. “I felt like the only thing my music was met with there were closed doors. Then L.A. just opened up everything.”
Beside her EP, everything includes a forthcoming full-length project produced by .Paak, Husayn, Omari and Mndsgn, among others.
Miller, also CEO and managing partner of .Paak’s OBE label, describes Nanna.B as a “living, breathing love story: love for her art, love for music and in love with L.A. Her vocals are colors filling in a blank space, very heavy but clever about her use of accent. She’s a timeless renaissance of sound that takes me back to the good old days of soul.”