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Band/Artist Name: Nina Heart
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Story behind your band/artist name: During the first attempt at producing my debut EP, I went to visit my dad in the hospital shortly before he died. I told him I didn't like my real name for selling records, and he said I could use "Nina Hart", (my great aunt's name; she was an opera singer in New York City.) I liked the idea of taking on my great aunt's name because it reminded me of how the "Black Canary" title is handed down through the generations. I decided to make "Nina Hart" my own by adding an "e" to get Nina Heart, a name which naturally lends itself to all kinds of marketing potential.
Band Members: Nina Heart...Voice/Guitar/Keys/Percussion, Daniel Rodriguez...Lead Electric Guitar, Demir Soyer...Electric Bass, Jeff Koy-Ouk...Drums and Percussion
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : I grew up in the Washington DC, metropolitan area, and I always loved this city so much. I now reside in Tenleytown.
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:
--1. When I was a kid, I used to dance on stage with Fugazi.
--2. Ian MacKaye is literally my hero because he stood up for me at a Fugazi show in Albuquerque, NM, when some jerk punched me in the stomach while I was moshing. Ian stopped the whole concert and said, "Hey you, why don't you go home and watch Monday night football instead of punching little girls in the stomach like that?"
--3. I'm still too shy to talk to Ian.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share:
--Did I mention Don Zientara is playing guitar on my record?
Official Website URL: http://www.ninaheart.com
Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/iloveninaheart
Spotify Link: http://play.spotify.com/artist/1EWOWQOvSFn2bXbVqlHR3X
Main Genre: Indie
Other Genres: Slacker, Lo-Fi, Roots Rock, Alternative, Singer-songwriter, Jazz Fusion, Punk, Folk, Rock, Blues, Americana