Nino Arobelidze is a Georgian-born songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Chicago. She received her formal music education from DePaul University. Melding her interdisciplinary influences into her work, she has recorded two solo albums (Nomad and Girl Named Nino) commanding several musical languages, most distinctly embodying Soul, R&B and Rock.
She has toured the U.S. as Girl Named Nino, drawing vocal comparisons to Billie Holiday and Jeff Buckley. Her music has been compared to St. Vincent, Erika Badu and Prince, but musicophiles and concert-goers readily recognize that Nino Arobelidze has a sound uniquely her own.
1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
Recording and writing new material and taking short breaks by catching up on all things inspirational and informative.
2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
My partner, Pablo Gordy recently re-introduced me to Moondog’s “Bird’s Lament” and it triggered an avalanche of creativity in the part of my brain that seemed to have been taking a nap. It reintegrated a lot of elements that I’ve always dreamt of bridging. I so absolutely loved following Esperanza Spaulding’s Exposure Project via Facebook recently. So good to see artists putting powerhouse teams together that create platforms that elevate and enhance the way people experience art and the creative process.
3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
I recently got to write original songs for a film. This meeting and opportunity couldn’t have come to us at a more serendipitous time. Also, I’m preparing to roll out my third studio album, Moonlight Daughter, under the Girl Named Nino moniker on my own imprint, Moonlight Daughter Records. It’s a whole new direction for us- building a strong brand around something that already has legs, so to speak.
4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
Reese Witherspoon (and Bruna Papandrea) – their production company, Pacific Standard is doing incredible work and I would love to collaborate with companies that operate at a high integrity quotient with insight and work ethic to streamline the process.
5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
Girl Named Nino Flies the Coop