“I was asked to write about sexism (again lol),” Nina Las Vegas writes from Facebook, “it was never published because I wrote about confidence & persistence instead. I like it and wanted to share it anyway, because sometimes you just need to hear that you have to work hard and believe in yourself. <3”
Check below for Nina’s previously unpublished piece:
I censor myself online a lot.
And not because I don’t want people to see my moment-of-weakness-slash-over-sharing, it’s because I don’t need to be negative in the online space.
There is enough click bait for the internet to survive without my ‘djs complaining’ status.
Plus, I feel lucky and my hard work is paying off. It’s just hard to remember that at times.
I worked in radio from 19 years of age. I interned my way into triple j while at university and eleven years later resigned with 2 radio shows, 2 compilation CDs and 2 sold out tours attached to the station and my name.
I left the station because I had got to a point where I needed a new challenge. Through my ‘CV’, I’d built enough courage to start my next project, NLV Records and focus on my own music.
Since leaving my radio job, which over time had developed quite weekly process and structure, working full time as a DJ, Producer and Label boss has meant that I’ve had to find a new daily routine.
And, I’m putting myself out there. Which is the scariest part of the whole journey. I’m putting myself out in the world as an artist you can like, dislike, play, book, support or ignore. It’s a creative path, but it’s fucking exhausting.
A friend of mine recently reminded me of that really old (and not necessarily ‘hip’) image, ‘Circle of Influence’.
In the scheme of things it sounds simple, but so easy to forget. You can control what you make and who you influence, but that’s it. You can’t be effected by what you can’t control and in music that’s often other people’s work and influence. I’ve released enough songs now to know that the ones that have gone the best are the ones that I worked 150% on. They are the tracks that I play in every set, that I want to hear over and over and keep feeling proud of. The ones that haven’t been received that well, I don’t feel the same way. So I can’t change if they’ve since been ‘passed’ on or less supported.
When I left triple j, I found myself speaking about confidence more and more when people asked me about certain things that often came up in my EDM career.
I believe that no matter who you are, male or female, if you’re confident in your work and know what you want and how to identify you’re own success, then you will be ok. I’m not saying confidence is the only key to being listed in the ‘Most Powerful People in EDM’ list, but it does help in so many ways. I’ve been working in music for a while now, so I’m ok with being confident.
I’ve noticed discrepancies and been strong enough to call them out, but only at times when I can confidently see a solution. I’m trying to be a ‘doer’ and not just a ‘talker’, which is why I started my label, why I work my gut off on my own music and why I ultimately I keep pushing myself.
If I am giving it my all, then I can expect the people around me to do the same. From my management, to agents, to other musicians, to people that are discovering my music and label, that authenticity can be seen and easily supported.
And yep, I’m a girl… so hopefully it can inspire others to do the same.
Be on the lookout for Nina’s new monthly RBMA radio show Collect All and Rave which features a PRO TIPS section in every episode alongside her excellent track selections.
The show airs the second Friday of every month at 6 PM (ET).