Artist, musician and part-time DJ-Nicole Nadeau does it all. We recently caught up with the Parsons alum to talk art, creativity and the value of learning how to play an instrument, check out the full interview below:
At what age did you first pick up an instrument and which was it? Do you still play?
I grew up surrounded by all different kinds of music. My grandfather studied at Juilliard and was a traveling musician for some time. He had so many instruments lying around like the accordion; flute, keys & we would always play together when I was very young. My father and uncle were in bands growing up. My father played the organ in a band called “Prism of Soul” and my uncle played drums in a CT biker club house band in the 70s, he now plays at gospel churches. He’s still one of the best drummers in the state and I still can’t touch his drum set.
What is your fondest memory associated with music?
Its hard to pick one memory because there are too many. So I guess one of my many favorites is when I was installing a mural in Nicaragua on a farm surrounded by baby chicks, puppies, nature, and great island/tropics/reggae music playing in the sunshine with no one around. It was my moment, it was ideal and perfect, & after that I went to harvest honey!
What can music do and what did it do for you?
Music transports you places and can transform your state. In a world where there is a lot of overstimulation, music allows your mind to wander, dream, and be free. It has always perplexed me that sound and complete silence can do the same thing sometimes.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my creative mind, curiosity and commitment to being an artist.
What do you regret the most?
I regret regretting the most.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes are Alejandro Jordorowsky, Steven Hawkings, Camille Claudel, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Ru Paul…anyone who’s a dreamer and doesn’t except things as they are.
What lessons would you pass on to your younger self?
Be more selfish
What was an important learning experience for you?
I feel like things associated with failure are always the best learning experience. You try to run from those moments, that darker side, & that feeling of loss of something. But really there is the most to learn there and I find a lot of inspiration and become stronger & more dynamic in those instances. It’s good to try and feel everything, every emotion.
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