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Meet Nino Arobelidze of Girl Named Nino

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nino Arobelidze.

Nino, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a singer, songwriter and producer based in Chicago. Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia I moved to the greater Chicago area as a teen. Music has always been a constant source of inspiration and solace in my life but I didn’t start honing my own abilities until Senior Year in High School when I saved up and bought an acoustic guitar, microphone, four-track recorder and started recording myself by layering vocals, guitar, piano and percussion and making countless mixtapes that were to become my first building blocks of fearless creativity.

I received my formal music education from DePaul University but the core of what I know comes from having learned from listening to recordings- getting inside the music; understanding how songs and compositions work; catching shows in my favorite Chicago venues and watching artists I admire perform and lead their band. Being in various World music, Jazz, Indie bands and collaborative projects informed my vision of what was to become my solo project and personal brand, Girl Named Nino.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I was starting out, I really didn’t know anyone in the music industry so I read countless books, did research and attended any workshop, jam session, audition and vocal competition I could find that could help me figure out how to get my act together- how to find my voice, how to hone my craft, how to get into a band, write a song, perform, record, collaborate, lead the band, arrange, handle money, bookings, wardrobe, self-care…. I just wanted to get my vision and skill-set to align with my imagination and creativity.

I was raised to question everything and it’s served me well in keeping me out of trouble and darkness of the music industry, but I’ve always known that doors aren’t opened, they are created. Having to pay my own way through schools and life, in general, has really helped shape the way I hustle for my dreams and manage my time.

I believe that life’s challenges shape and reveal us to ourselves. It had been my prerogative to transform the energy of my struggles into the rage of self-governance. Owning my story has been my only way to Freedom and I defend it by continuing to create.

Please tell us about Girl Named Nino.
My company and my brand, Girl Named Nino is a music outfit, so to speak. I specialize in writing, recording, producing and performing original music mostly in English and my native Georgian with occasional French and Russian interwoven in the mix. What I do is considered multi-genre or post-genre Alternative Soul with its roots in the Blues, World music and Jazz.

I am most proud that I can continuously reinvent and grow the brand without losing sight of what makes it unique. The authenticity of the brand is what sets me apart from others because I do not attempt to compete with what I perceive to be my competing brand but rather elaborate on the essence of the previous model of the what I’ve been building from the start. I refuse to let the scarcity mindset dictate my branding or business practices and it’s an instinct I will always follow.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Ooh, this is a tough one to pick. I think my favorite is the memory of attending my first acting class in 8th grade and having my mind completely blown away by the idea of improvisation.

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Maka Miminoshvili, Eva Kapanadze, Roman Sobus

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5 Comments

  1. Nino Arobelidze

    April 17, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    “I believe that life’s challenges shape and reveal us to ourselves.” Thank you, VOYAGE CHICAGO for the feature!

  2. Paul Richards

    April 18, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Extraordinary artist with an extraordinary ability, intelligence and unbelievable drive. Great to see her getting spotlighted here on Voyage Chicago!

    • Nino Arobelidze

      April 20, 2018 at 4:59 am

      Thanks so much for your support, Paul!

      • Paul Richards

        April 20, 2018 at 7:51 pm

        Keep up the great work! Proud of you!

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