Nisa is a solo project from the New York City-based musician, Nisa Lumaj. She’s now based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, but was born and raised by Albanian immigrants in a neighborhood near Morningside Heights after moving from The Bronx at age 10. Because her parents spoke English as a second language, she wasn’t exposed to American pop or rock music until she moved to Manhattan.

While living in the UK at the age of 21, Lumaj was exposed to indie-pop music for the first time. This approachable, but underground influence really beams through on her output as Nisa, drawing on the sounds of Frou Frou, Nilüfer Yanya, Soccer Mommy and Sorry. The sound informed her early EPs, Guilt Trip and Time To Plant Tears but is especially apparent on her new EP, Exaggerate – tipped at Pitchfork, The New York Times, Brooklyn Vegan, NME, The Line of Best Fit and more – which comes produced by Nate Amos (Water From Your Eyes, My Idea) and is the first release from the brand new Los Angeles label Hit the North Records.

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Events featuring Nisa

Mar 15, 2023
12:30am — 1:20am
Mar 16, 2023
10:00pm — 10:40pm
Presented by
Gorilla vs Bear + Luminelle
Brooklyn, NY
Indie Rock
Professional Connections
Nisa is seeking the following:
  • Label
  • Brand Partnership
  • Gear Endorsement
  • Other Artists to Tour With
  • Booking Agent - US
  • Booking Agent - UK/Europe
  • Booking Agent - Worldwide
  • Publishing
  • Sync/Music Supervisors