Nicki Minaj Speaks To Red Bull About Performing Live, Who Her Current Favorite Artist Is & More

December 3, 2015 by Danny M

Interviews

Nicki Minaj Speaks To Red Bull About Performing Live, Who Her Current Favorite Artist Is & More

After her surprise live performance at Red Bull Sound Select’s “30 Days In LA” finale, which took place at The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, California on November 30th, Nicki Minaj chopped it up with Red Bull for an interview.

During their conversation, Nicki spoke on if she has ever played a secret show before, how it compares to performing live at arenas, what makes a good performer, who her favorite music artist is right now, what advice she has for new artists, women running their own careers, how new artists should continue to develop their talent, what we can expect from her in 2016, and more.

You can read the full interview after the jump below. Click here to view some pictures of the Young Money Barbie at the concert!

RedBull.com: Have you ever played a secret show before? How’s it different from a performance where everybody knows it’s Nicki Minaj coming out?
Nicki Minaj: I have, and it’s always like, hmm, let’s see what energy comes with this. When it’s a great energy like tonight, it’s just a blessing.

Does it remind you of the early days of your career?
Yes, actually, yeah, that’s a good question. I used to play small venues like this all the time. It’s intimate, it’s fun, I can get very personal with people and feel very one-on-one. It’s nice energy for a change.

It seemed like you were making lots of eye contact. How does being that intimate with a crowd affect you? Does it make you more nervous or more comfortable?
Actually, it felt more comfortable today. Of course when you go out in front of 16,000 people, it’s like, “Oh my God.” And then you know you’re on a big jumbo screen behind you, and you know they can see every little thing. So when it’s like this, you kinda feel like it’s family, like you’re in your living room.

Tinashe played a 30 Days in LA show and I know she opened for you on your tour. What makes a good show, a good performer?
Well, I think what makes a good performer is you really connect with the people, no matter what. I usually have dancers in back of me, and I feel great when I can come out with no dancers and still have people jumping around and excited and dancing and happy. I think a great performance leaves you feeling happy and feeling a new connection or a new awareness about that artist that you didn’t have before.

Do you have any favorite artists right now, or predictions about who’s gonna break next year?
I’m enjoying The Weeknd’s music right now. He’s already broken this year. But I’m really enjoying him overall, just his vibe, his tone, what he’s contributing to the culture.

What advice do you have for new artists?
New artists… try your best to be yourself. Try your best to ENJOY yourself. But make sure you keep your mind on your money and your money on your mind. [Laughs]

You set a good example, especially for women in business who want to be in control of their careers. I really appreciate that as a woman who’s running her own life.
Yeah. Shout out to all the go-getters out there, the women that are determined to make it, determined to chase their dreams and to become more than what people predicted. I’m a big fan of women who venture out and do more than people possibly thought they could do. Women who’ve been told no, just sit back, sit in the back, you don’t have to do that much, you don’t have to be the top, you don’t have to be the boss. And those women make me excited. They inspire me. And that’s what I wanna do. I wanna inspire girls and other women that need some sort of inspiration that’s it never too late to become dynamic and exceptional in whatever you do.

How should new artists work on themselves, work on developing their talent?
I think you have to make sure you’re not lazy. Even now, I still rewrite verses five and six and seven and eight and nine and ten times. Because I want it to be perfect. Don’t rest on our laurels. Keep trying, as if it’s your first day on the job. That’s how I think of it. When it comes to creating, I always feel like, wait a minute, I can’t take any shortcuts. I have to be amazing, this has to be great, people have to love this, people have to know I spent quality time on it. That’s my motto.

What’s exciting you creatively, what do we have to look forward to from you next year?
A lot of acting. “Barbershop” is coming out. It’s their third one, and I’m happy to be a big part of this one. My fans are gonna looooove this. People who aren’t my fans are gonna love this. It’s so amazingly written, the comic timing is so epic, the writing is so great. The cast is so well thought out and well put together. I’m gonna work on another movie! I haven’t said much about that. And of course my TV show will be coming out. I’m excited to introduce the world to the young Nicki. I think we’ve already met her, actually. I found two little girls I’m super excited about. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.

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