nightly not like you
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Nightly – Not Like You

Have you heard of Nightly yet? Chances are, during quarantine, one of your friends has reached out to you about this Nashville-based band, serving us sweet, Indie-pop tunes. However, they’re no rookie to the music scene. They’ve already released three EPs, starting with Honest in 2016 and, most recently, Talk You Down in 2019. 

Toward the end of last year, they signed on with BMG Recordings and kicked off 2020 with a fresh new vibe and sound with their single “the movies,” which they collaborated on with Indie singer, Charli Adams. It’s got the perfect ‘90s rom-com vibe, making you feel nostalgic and yearning for a crush as you listen to it. 

Following “the movies,” they dropped another quarantine tune titled “you should probably just hang up” back in May and are now back with a brand new single that comes out today. “Not Like You” is perfect for the summertime. It’s a breakup song that everyone can relate to whether that be about love or friendship. 

We chatted with the lead singer, Jonathan, about their beginnings, their new single, and what’s next. 

How did you guys form into a band?
Joey and I are cousins. We’ve been making music since we were kids and we met Nick in Nashville and he was like the missing piece.

Can you tell us about your latest single “Not Like You”?
We wrote this song in the last week before lockdown started in the US. We had booked a few weeks in a studio in Nashville following our headline tour, but only got to use it a couple of days before the studio shut down. This was the first song we wrote during those sessions.

What was the inspiration behind this song?
It’s inspired by someone I know really well not acting like themselves.

What was it like collaborating with Charli Adams for “the movies”?
Charli is a really good friend and a super talented artist. We had the idea to make a duet version of “the movies” with her and we wrote the lyrics to the second verse over the phone while on tour.

You wrote and recorded “you should probably just hang up” while in quarantine. Do you find that being isolated has made it more difficult to write music or the opposite?
It comes in waves; some weeks are super productive and some weeks we get absolutely nothing done. I’m just trying to learn to accept that and not be too hard on myself. 

You guys have had a few EPs and singles out. What’s next for you, musically?
Definitely an album!

You’ve spoken about the issues you’ve had with labels on social media with your fans. Can you tell us a little more about that experience and how it feels to finally sign with a label that works well with you?
BMG has been very supportive and enthusiastic about our music and our vision since day one. We get to work with some incredible people and are very excited to be a part of their roster.