Nia Archives - 'Mobo Awards'

Nia Archives - 'Mobo Awards'

Nia Archives Mobo Award Ouie

Last year, Nia Archives discovered just how hectic the life of a touring musician can be.

The 23-year-old emerged from lockdown with a globe-trotting schedule of DJ sets and live shows, including three separate performances at Glastonbury in June.

"It all happened at once and I didn't know what to expect," she says. "For example, going to Australia and doing loads of shows means taking flights every day.

"Next year I'll know what makes me feel better: I might want a face mask and I'll need to have fruit on my rider. Because I can't eat burgers every day. It ruins you."

Those life hacks are going to be essential - because Nia's diary is only going to get busier.

Over the last 12 months, the Bradford-born, Leeds-raised musician has set dancefloors alight with tracks like the bouncing club smash Mash Up The Dance and the samba-infused anthem Baianá.

They've already earned her an NME Award for best producer and a Mobo for best electronic artist. Now she's come third in the BBC's Sound Of 2023, positioning the musician for a mainstream crossover in the next 12 months.

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