How To Impress Me: Nina Nesbitt

We asked the gorgeous singer / songwriter what she looks for in her perfect man

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When we arrive at our interview with singer Nina Nesbitt, she’s half way through a Nando’s chicken sandwich.

We can’t help but be instantly enamored with a girl fond of 2pm piri-piri, even before we consider how great she looks.

An pixie-ish blend of Swedish and Scottish, she was certainly beautiful enough for Ed Sheeran to cast her as the object of his affections in his video for Drunk after she supported him on tour. 

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Though after signing a new record deal in the US and on the verge of starting a UK tour of her own, it won't be long before she's a household name in her own right.

With all this Atlantic-hopping, she’s adamant she’s not got time for a boyfriend.

But still. It's always worth a shot, right?  

So in the spirit of never giving up, we asked how you can impress her if you ever get the chance.

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From past experience I wouldn’t go out with another musician. With song writing people can be a bit sensitive. Something completely different, like a lawyer, would be good.


For a date, I'd like to do something different to drinks or dinner – like walking around Camden for a day in the sun, or something weird, like skydiving. Then at least if you don’t get on you’ve had fun.


I’m quite nocturnal. I could do a day-time date and then do something else at night.


The worst quality in a man is a really big ego – that would turn me off.


Best quality?  Thoughtfulness. Doing little things for you, like a getting you a chocolate bar (N.B: Her preferred is Dairy Milk.) 


You don't need to spend a lot of money on presents. My guitarist knitted his girlfriend a scarf for Christmas  – that was so sweet.


I hate men wearing chequered shirts and chino trousers. I didn’t have a problem with it at first – then they all started wearing them.


I like people who have their own quirky style. I’m not really attracted to typically good looking men. 


I’m naturally quite introverted, so I prefer someone who’s a bit louder.


My celebrity crushes are Ryan Gosling and Jared Leto – his hair’s pretty cool at the moment.


I couldn’t go out with someone younger than me. I would never even go looking for someone who’s the same age – women mature so much faster than men.


It would irritate me if a man was overly into health. I couldn’t deal with someone who was mad on the gym every day.


I like men who wear rocky-y jewelry, like loads of rings. But I can't stand that chain around the neck thing that some guys do, and I don't get the need for watches. 


I’m really shy. So even if I see somebody that I fancy I never go up to them. I like the idea of them approaching you, because then you know that they were interested first. 


A man should never go in with a chat-up line. Be casual about it. Don’t start boasting about yourself – you get a lot of that when you go out in Kensington and places. 


Never ask "What do you do?" as the first question.


If I'm in a club or a bar, a guy coming up to me is fine. But it would be a bit weird in the street. 


Though saying that, my drummer is really forward, and if he sees a girl he likes, he goes straight up to her – which seems to work everytime. 


Looks-wise, I like quite rough, dark and hairy, with tattoos. 


I can look at a guy in a suit and go: ‘He’s stunning' –  but I’m not attracted to it. 


English guys have the gentleman approach, usually. Scottish guys are more enthusiastic. People in Scotland aren’t afraid of talking to each other, whereas people in England are more reserved.


It seems now that everyone's on Tinder. I wouldn’t go on it – I think real life communication is a lot more healthy. 


Social media's good to find out more about someone you’re getting to know –  you can snoop on them as well, which is handy. I know everyone says they don’t do it, but they’re lying.


Nina's debut album, Peroxide, is out on the 17th February. Tickets for her shows in Manchester, Edinburgh and London can be purchased here.

 

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