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Nia Archives in a singular talent. Born in Bradford and growing up in Leeds before moving out at 16 to relocate to Manchester, her earliest memories of music are deeply rooted in her Jamaican heritage. A proud young British black woman who grew up in a predominantly white area, it’s important to Nia to take up space in jungle as a young Black woman, representing her dual-heritage roots and carving out space for other Black women to see themselves in the genre. Heavily influenced by soundsystem culture and carnival - the good vibes, energy and uniting quality of which undeniably teems through her music, she’s also inspired by artists and icons like Grace Jones, Erykah Badu, Angela Davies, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou and more - all women who in their own way have represented and pushed forwards generations of black women.
Now London based, Nia Archives is one of the most exciting and compelling new artists in the UK making cutting edge lo-fi jungle music. Representing her Jamaican roots, nodding to and paying homage to the rich history of the genre, in the last year alone Nia Archives has won the DJ Mag ‘Breakthrough Producer 2022’, NME Bandlab Award for ‘Best Producer’; been named the BBC Introducing “Artist of the Year” as the first electronic artist to ever be awarded the prize, was awarded 3rd place in the BBC Sound of 2023 Poll, as well as winning the AIM Awards “One To Watch” prize and recently received a MOBO Award for the newly introduced “Best Electronic/Dance Act” category and a nomination for “Best Newcomer”. Alongside further nominations, the shortlist for the BRITs “Rising Star” Award, the 2022 DJ Mag Awards for “Breakthrough Producer” and “Best Track” and tips from BBC Radio 1 Dance as a ‘Future Star’, Spotify as their ‘Our Generation’ cover star, Nia has also graced the covers of Mixmag and NME.