Born into a bilingual Montreal family, Ormiston was raised around female musicians and grew up with a strong sense of melody. After mixing and producing some tracks for Milk & Bone, Heartstreets, Misage and Freida Mari, he released in 2013 the song ‘Typically Her’ (under the name Beverlay) that ended up being remixed by Kaytranada, helping it reach more than 3 million streams worldwide.

 Now, Nicola Ormiston is simply Ormiston. His new project has already turned out an boppy disco-pop number by the name of ‘Rebel’, one that pivots the listener between feel-good funk and self-critical lyrics. The debut single has been brought further to life with a video directed by Ariel Poupart, who ran with the idea of a Top of the Pops style show, but with extra shadows and smoke machines.

Just last year, Ormiston signed with Canadian label Lisbon Lux Records (Le Couleur, Russell Louder, Radiant Baby and Das Mörtal). His first album is set to be released in Spring 2021.

Hey Ormiston! How has 2021 been for you so far?

Great, summer is just around the corner here in Montreal and that’s always a exciting time!

We love live music here at GIGSoup, are you looking forward to performing as Ormiston?

Most definitely, we’ve already started putting the show together, very much looking forward to playing the songs live.

Your music video for ‘Rebel’ gives us an idea of what an Ormiston show would look like, how did the idea for the visuals come about?

I’ve got to give credit to Ariel Poupart who was the director behind the video. I was very pleased with his ideas, we wanted to create a “top of the pops” live performance vibe.

‘Rebel’ is an instantly feel-good tune that’s a perfect pick-me-up for long days of the pandemic, but on closer inspection there’s a deeper meaning. Do you like to play around with that line between positivity and hardship?

Yes for sure, Especially on Rebel, but I’m somewhat a romantic when it comes to lyrics and vocal performances haha!

When you’re feeling blue, which single or album do you always turn to?

Recently, the “Men I Trust” garage live performances on YouTube have been my go to ! Very soothing.

You’re based in Montreal, what’s the music scene like there?

It’s really amazing, music has always been a big part of the culture in the city. From world renowned festivals to the local club scene, Montreal has always been a musical hub for both artist’s and listeners. People come from many different styles as well, bands like Arcade Fire and also producers like Kaytranada who have flourished internationally, have all started in Montreal.

Can you name a couple of Montrealer bands we should go check out?

Chiiild. SAENS, Gaspard Eden

What does the rest of the year have in store for you?

For now we’re wrapping up the record, its the main focus at the moment. we’ll see what the future holds!

o you have a message or piece of advice for any artists or bands who are looking to release their first single?

Believe in what you do, keep working on your craft until you feel satisfied!

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