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Ten things you didn't know about Navvy

4 September 2020 | 11:23 am | Emma Jones

New Zealand's Navvy takes us through ten things any new fan of hers needs to know about her, from her fear of butterflies to when she met Ray Romano.

New Zealand's NAVVY has released her third EP titled The Final Pieces. A fitting title, the rising pop force closes the chapter on a period of her life that delivered three records through which she achieved emotional liberation by creating. By delving into what she describes as one of the lowest points of her life, The Final Pieces is exactly that, following on from The Breakup and No Hard Feelings, with each EP serving as a snapshot not only into Navvy's life and the cathartic journey she was undertaking, but also an indication of how refined, honed and polished her songwriting and musicality was becoming as well. This latest EP, with its four songs including lead single 'Pieces', is yet another shining example of this as she fuses pop sensibilities with a universal relatability meaning that despite its deeply personal and intimate nature, The Final Pieces also allows for any listener to feel like its also speaking directly to them.

“I’ve tried my whole life to journal or make diaries and I’ve failed miserably each time,” Navvy admits, “but with these three EPs I’ve got a time capsule of my emotions as I dragged myself through the lowest point in my life. I listen to the first EP now and I think: ‘I don’t remember feeling like this’. But the songs are proof that I did.”

Across four singles, Navvy finally comes to terms with the transformation she's undergone and looks firmly towards the future. And, with a healthy catalogue of impressive pop-leaning songs under her belt, that future is looking so incredibly bright. With this in mind, before she heads for world domination, we thought it would be lovely to get to know her a little bit better. Here, Navvy takes us through ten things we didn't know about her, from her fear of butterflies to the time she met Ray Romano. Take a read below, and dive into The Final Pieces here:

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I grew up by the beach, but I have a huge aversion to beaches in general. I think it's because of the texture of sand, and the way it gets stuck everywhere. I LOVE the ocean though, so there's a lot going on. It's a tough existence, but I get by.

The first time I ever dressed myself, I chose a red Pokemon tshirt, a pink fluffy cowboy hat, white socks and a pair of my brother's football shin pads. I'm really proud of 3 year old me, she was the coolest.

One of my favourite things in the world is clouds. I fell in love with them in 2012. I don't remember how it happened, but I remember it happened very quickly and it was irreversible. I try to learn the names for them but it never sticks, unfortunately.

My family are EVERYTHING to me. There are lots of them, and we spend an absurd amount of time together. I grew up in a house with my grandparents, parents, sister and brother, and it could not have been cooler. I am just a huge fan of them, and I think anyone who is lucky enough to meet them would agree that they are the best. I really would give up everything else in my life for my family. Except maybe clouds.

I have lots of best friends. I think it's because I fall in love really easily, and that applies to platonic love too, but I've had the same small group of best friends for almost 15 years, which is longer than I haven't known them. I am very proud of them, and the people they are. We never take photos, because I feel like you don't take lots with your best, best friends, but we had weekly dinners on zoom in quarantine, and here is a photo of that.

My biggest fear is ABSOLUTELY butterflies. I once went to this place in New Zealand called 'Butterfly Creek', which I am sure is really fun for most people, and I am not bagging them at all, but on that day I realised it was my work nightmare. Only it was too late. HOT TIP: Butterflies are attracted to the colour RED, which I happened to be wearing. Never again.

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I once met Paris & Nikki Hilton AND Ray Romano on the same day. I was probably about 12 years old, and you can bet your bottom dollar I got photos with them, and also asked Mr. Romano to sign my Enid Blyton book. I have no regrets.

I don't have pierced ears. I don't imagine I will ever pierce my ears. I am terrified of how much it will hurt. I do, however, have tattoos, and kind of liked the feeling of that. To be fair, they are tiny, so took like 3 minutes.

I know I already talked about my family, but my niece is my very favourite person in the world. She is 2, but she is mighty. She is fearless, and has the loudest lil voice. She sings the hokey pokey like nothing you've ever heard. I don't want to include a picture of her, but this is a picture of a watercolour painting we did together one day that was so fun. She definitely did the heavy lifting on this one.

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The women in my life are so incredibly important to me. I have been SO lucky to have role models that are older and wiser and younger and wiser than I will ever be. I would not be even half of the person I am without these women, and also my Nana, who is the most strong, intelligent, hilarious woman I've ever know. BIG FAN.

The Final Pieces is out now. Buy/stream here.

Introduction by Emma Jones

Images: Main image by Matt Hurley, all other images via Navvy