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Songwriting started as a form of therapy for Nielsen, turning his own trauma into stories as a distraction from ongoing problems in his home life as a young teenager. He was already an accomplished guitarist when he shut the door and drowned out the noise of shouting with a guitar and his own voice, which was yet to be heard. Since then he has written and recorded dozens of songs, honing his craft and in the process discovering an abundance of great artists. He has developed a spectrum of influences from Stevie Wonder and George Benson to Bob Dylan and Donny Hathaway. In recent times Nielsen has idolised John Mayer, including the early record ‘Inside Wants Out’, making a connection to Mayer’s honesty and melodic creativity.
Aged 17 Nielsen decided to drop out of music college and swapped the south coast for the jubilee line. A stranger to the city, he soon found his feet on the London music scene, playing nightly in and around the capital. At the end of a one year artist development course at The British Academy of New Music, he was chosen to play a slot at the renowned Latitude Festival in Suffolk. Later that year he momentarily returned to the south coast to record his first official EP, before setting off to promote the new music, playing an exhausting 31 gigs in 10 days. He played at venues such as coffee shops in the morning, to student unions by evening. In this period his music was recognised by BBC Introducing receiving airplay on two of his songs.
Escaping his past, Nielsen branched out and wrote songs about things every teenager experiences. However he has never shied away from the mantra of honesty and is not afraid to tackle personal topics. His second EP ‘Cheer Up’, is a prime example of this. He wrote ‘Cheer Up’ during a period when he moved away from home and was kindly offered a sofa to stay on in Turnham Green. Ironically, he survived off coffee shop vouchers he had previously been given whilst touring his first EP.
The second single from the EP, ‘Five Senses’, was played on Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 show.
“A hotly tipped young Londoner with a knack for ear worm pop melodies and literate, memorable lyrics” - Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6
In late Summer 2018, Nielsen recorded a live version of the title track off his second EP ‘Cheer Up’ in a South London underpass. The video caught the attention of award nominated producer Matthew Parisi, who was Mike Stock’s principle sound engineer for over four years. Parisi has worked with the likes of Chris Martin and Kylie Minogue. He is also credited on records alongside Grammy award winning mixing and mastering engineers. In recent years Parisi has made records that have charted across the globe. Together they are now working in the studio to produce a series of singles, which are set to bring a breath of fresh air to the industry.
The start of 2019 has seen Nielsen’s music broadcast twice on BBC Introducing London by Gary Crowley, who compared his music to a fictional collaboration between George Michael, John Mayer and Prince. The start of April also saw his debut performance at The Bedford in Balham, which is recognised as a legendary venue for up and coming artists, with an incredible history of performers. As a side project Nielsen has also been releasing demos onto Youtube since the start of the year so there is never too long to wait in-between a release.