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Artist Spotlight: Nightly releases new single, talks writing authentic music and finding their confidence

Nashville indie-pop trio Nightly are back with their latest release, a single conceived and recorded entirely in quarantine. Jonathan Capeci, Joey Beretta and Nick Sainato wrote “you should probably just hang up” at the beginning of lockdown and as a follow-up to their last collaboration with Charli Adams. Atlas spoke with the band via email about this latest track, writing authentic music and finding confidence as a band.

What’s the story behind this new single? 

We wrote and recorded it during quarantine in our guitarist’s basement. Lyrically it’s inspired by a friend’s relationship.

How would you describe your musical growth/evolution from where you started to where your music is now?

More confidence, and feeling more free/comfortable doing what WE want to do.

What do you hope fans take away from your music?

Just hope they feel something. Music can mean a lot of things to different people, regardless of whether it makes you want to dance or cry, we just hope it makes you feel something.

You’ve toured with some amazing artists in the last few years. Who’s been your favorite to tour with? If you could put together your dream lineup, who would be joining you on the road?

This last headline tour was by far our favorite. We had our friends, the wldlfe and Sawyer come out with us. Honestly would love to run that one back!

We’ve been in quarantine for awhile now, so how are you guys staying creative and productive and do you have any advice for people looking to do the same?

It’s definitely a rollercoaster. Some weeks are super inspiring and others feel more depressing. For me I’ve found that even going for drives helps me get out of my head. Also, just reaching out and talking to someone in the moments that feel low. Good thing is that we’re all going through this together and we need each other now more than ever.

What’s your ultimate goal or master plan for Nightly?

Make music that means something to us, and be able to play it for people who enjoy it around the world. We are so lucky to have some amazing fans. When I think about goals I just think about making them proud, and writing music that is authentically us as a band.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you guys or is there anything you wish you could talk about more that you may not get asked?

Know that we’re making a ton of music, and can’t wait to see you again!

Stream “you should probably just hang up” now!

Story by Olivia Khiel
Photos courtesy of the band