Badass Women in Music: When Nadia Tehran Met Sian Anderson
The hip-hop artist talks to the renowned Radio 1Xtra DJ about human rights, being an outsider and more.
Nadia Tehran had always considered herself an outsider. Never quite fitting the molds established by the society she grew up in, she has since channeled this experience into her distinct style of music. As a second-generation Swedish-Iranian hip-hop artist, her sonic trajectory has led her to explore the limits of personal and political identity. Her heritage has always been a significant element in her music and is something that she proudly discusses in her work. “I’ve always felt borderless. It’s not about how you look, it’s an energy,” Tehran says. “We’re all together in this feeling of belonging and not belonging.”
Having dropped her Life is Cheap, Death is Free EP earlier this year, the record generated much buzz after the release of her first video and single, “Refugee.” The entire visual project was captured in Iran where solo female performances are actually prohibited, which made the production considered illegal. Even so, Nadia was committed to her message and sharing her circumstance.
Although still fairly new on the music scene, Nadia has already been tapped to be the new face of Smirnoff’s latest campaign. Chatting with renowned Radio 1Xtra DJ Sian Anderson, the young artist reveals everything from how she strives to create music that binds her to people from every walk of life, to how she got her start in punk music. Combined with a passion for fashion and artistry, Nadia Tehran is definitely one to look out for. You can check out the full conversation above.