Creating Beats With Nite Jewel – Against The Clock
10 minutes to create a beat from scratch? No problem for Nite Jewel.
Nite Jewel is one of those rare artists whose name perfectly sums up their sound. Liquid Cool, the latest album from the Los Angeles musician, real name Ramona Gonzalez, features soft vocals glistening in the dark twilight of some seriously synth-heavy production. FACT got a glimpse at the process behind this compelling sound recently when we stopped by her LA studio to film Gonzalez – the niece of football commentator Clive Tyldesley, fun fact for you there – taking part in our Against The Clock challenge. Watch Below
Check out how Nite Jewel got on above, and be sure to catch her on her upcoming European tour this autumn with a headline show at London’s Jazz Cafe on September 17.
Ramona Gonzalez began as Nite Jewel in 2008 as the result of her juggling music with undergraduate studies. She cites artists such as Janet Jackson andMariah Carey as her musical inspirations. With assistance from her husband, Cole M.G.N., she created songs on a portable eight-track cassette recorder. She stated that “moments of ecstasy, emotion, and hardship” were her inspiration for those recordings. in 2009 she released the album Good Evening.
Soon after starting her MySpace music page, her song, “Suburbia” was selected to be in Noah Baumbach‘s film Greenberg. Within a year she was touring European festivals. Her music draws comparison to Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. Nite Jewel describes herself more as “liquid cool” citing English electronic music duo Autechre as a major musical influence.
Ramona Gonzalez has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Occidental College. She is also a multimedia artist and has exhibited a number of video and sound installation pieces in the L.A area, one of which was entitled The Question Concerning Technology.
December 6, 2011, Nite Jewel released her single, “She’s Always Watching You”. On March 6, 2012, Ramona released her second album One Second of Love, on Secretly Canadian. The company reissued the first album, Good Evening, on vinyl in 2012.
Since releasing her debut album for Secretly Canadian, Nite Jewel has toured both North America and Europe. She performed Kraftwerk’s Computer World in Los Angeles’ Krautrock Classics on June 1, 2012. Later that summer, she traveled to New York City to perform in the same event at Le Poisson Rouge.
On April 29, 2012, Nite Jewel performed at the Brandeis University Springfest.
Gozalez left Secret Canadian and recorded her third album, Liquid Cool, that was released in in June 2016.