Who is Nia Dinero? – The Hype Magazine


Among the artists who have most resisted easy categorization is fresh to the scene recording artist Nia Dinero. The emcee, vocalist, and actress from Woodbridge, VA (DMV) has put out multiple remakes of quality and varying tones since the early portion of 2015. Receiving her start in the Hip-Pop Duo “Dreamz2Dinero”, Nia Dinero’s talent is one that reveals the uncovering of something special and long overdue. Nia’s raw talent has been expressed on many local and regional stages that gained the support of her peers and ultimately led to a college radio personality position on WNSB Hot 91.1 in Norfolk, VA. All of her preceding opportunities paved the way for Dinero to become more than a rapper and a true artist and entertainer.

Hype: What first got you into music?

Nia Dinero: I was introduced to music at a young age. Growing up in California my uncle owned his own concert promotion business, often times, he would bring me to his meetings in Hollywood. I was really young, but I guess you can say I had an encounter with music and the business I’m in now, way back then. Later, I even found out my Grandma even recorded a record back in her day.

Hype: Who inspired you to make music?

Nia Dinero: Growing up I was inspired by Michael and Janet Jackson. Both were strong entertainers in every way. I think everyone sat and waited for a Michael Jackson video to come on TV lol, and the purity and uniqueness in Janet’s voice was always so dope to me!

Hype: How would you describe the music that you typically create? 

I would describe the music I typically create as a “Feel,” I even call it a “wave” it’s cool, versatile, and just flows. I push to not put myself in a box as far as “creating,” you never know what sounds, life experiences, or trends inspire you to “create.”

Hype: What is your creative process like?

Nia Dinero: My creative process is pretty simple…I have to feel it and make sure I have “voice memo” on deck! Lol I’m very conceptual, yet that doesn’t always mean the whole song just flows out from there. The concept gives me a title, focus point; or what the song is about, once I know that, then I can build the song from there. I usually start with the pre hook/hook and build everything around that. Some songs take longer than others to create, you can’t force it. 

Hype: Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Nia Dinero: I would love to collaborate with Bruno Mars. His versatility and live shows are Amazing! He just seems so fun and down to earth.

Hype: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be? 

Nia Dinero: Based on his versatility and stage performance, I would want to open for Bruno Mars. Being on tour with him would be super dope and a learning experience. 

Hype: What is one message you would give to your fans?

Nia Dinero: It’s a journey not a destination.” Whatever your goals are in life, you’ll enjoy the process more when you leave yourself open to all the possibilities along the way. Trust that if it’s meant for you, you’ll get there in due time with all the tools you can only get from “life.”

Hype: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Nia Dinero: If I wasn’t pursuing a music career, I would want to be actress. I plan on tapping into acting later this year.

Hype: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

Nia Dinero: I’ve had the opportunity of performing at local and national stages, such as the “Fillmore Silver Springs” MD, ‘The study” on Hollywood Blvd., The Apache cafe in Atlanta Ga, and Norfolk State University to name a few. Two of My favorite venues have been “The Marke’ in downtown LA and “The Study” on Hollywood Blvd. I’ve enjoyed all the opportunities I’ve had to perform; some venues were better than others, yet in the end, it was all an opportunity to be seen and heard. Due to Covid, and the limits on “in person” shows and concerts, I’ve been focusing on building my visibility virtually as a new artist via. social media, visual content, and dope platforms like Hype magazine.

Hype: How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

Nia Dinero: Man! The internet has completely impacted the music industry and how business can be done. The internet has made it so anyone can run and manage themselves without feeling like you have to be signed to a “major label’ to make noise. Yet, while the internet has made music more accessible, it also forces those in the industry to be more “creative” in how to make money and stand out.

Hype: What is your favorite song to perform?

Nia Dinero: My favorite song to perform live is my new single “Birthday!” It’s fun, hype, and drives from beginning to end.

Hype: Which famous musicians do you admire?

Nia Dinero: Some famous musicians who’s work I admire would be Rhianna, Nipsey Hussle, Queen Latifah, Aaliyah, Jay Z, Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Tori Kelly…the list goes on

Hype: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Nia Dinero: Honestly, I spend so much time on my craft that I can’t recall getting into crazy trouble lol. My circle is small, and I push to keep positive energy around me so that I can avoid crazy situations as much as possible.

Hype: What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Nia Dinero: “Success isn’t Static”

Hype: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be? 

Nia Dinero: If I could change the industry, I would want the powers that be to encourage more Unity amongst women in the game, and less division and comparisons.

Hype: What’s next for you?

Nia Dinero: I’m in the process of finishing up a deluxe version of my current EP, Just For Now,  I’ll also be shooting several visuals for several projects this summer. Ultimately, skies the limit.

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