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Recording-artist, novelist and visual artist/actress Andréa Nebel is mainly "infamous" for her long time involvement in artistic underworlds, yet she also enjoys working and associating with major names in entertainment. She likes eccentrics of all kinds and is always up for new challenges.
She loves to explore dark emotions, uttermost fascinated by the forbidden and by the more concealed sides of human nature. A lot of Andréa's ideas are also created in her dreams and, thus, inspire her music, visuals and stories.
Her music has been used for films and commercials. Her bittersweet lyrics are often recited and published in various books and magazines.
Andréa's songs are a versatile blend of dark alternative, ambient, electronic and tribal melodies with honest, personal lyrics. She also did a spoken words' album, The Dark Side of Dreaming, with poems from her homonymous' book.
She has a very intruiging way of combining melancholic and vulnerable sentiments with her willful ideas and animalistic impulses, telling her own story of hurts, survival, her love for thrills, curious, and daring situations. Privately, she is very much into fitness, physical awareness and fighting sports.
Her previous project/artist name was Nebelhexë, yet in 2009 Andréa decided to end that project, and the artist name. She started to sign all of her personal creative works under the name of Andréa Nebel.
Andréa also adores classic art and the splendour of European decadence, which she expresses through her obscure side-project Aghast Manor. With it she creates haunting tunes designed for film soundtracks and macabre cabaret noir/neo-classical songs. Her unique style rises in popularity amongst horror movie fans and directors. With a lot of "Galgenhumour" she expresses her fascination for the dark aesthetics of the first half of the 20th century.
Andréa's older works are very admired in several subcultural scenes, yet she specifies that she just does her own thing... and loves to be unpredictable.
Andréa Nebel is a writer of dark psychological stories, poems and crime novels. She further publishes entertaining essays/books about her artistic inspirations, childhood incidents and rather illicit adventures (read Feed My Shadow Nature and Simply Exceptional! How to Make it YOUR Way...). Her film ideas are (again) quite inspired by her intense dreams (read more about it in the Visuals' section). In addition, she models from time to time for other visual artists and designers.
"I think an artist's greatest strength is to be able to display his/her fears and vulnerability...
I write about what I know... I have always been familiar with the dark and surreal... It made me become fascinated with the hidden psyche, the suppressed sides we can release... The mental games we can play... "
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Andréa Nebel Haugen always loved to explore the unknown, unusual and forbidden. Already as a kid she wrote haunting stories, encouraged by her teacher. Andréa soon realised that she could "see" and "feel" things others evidently couldn't and her strange charisma would never go unnoticed. Her curiosity always brought her to many weird and perilous places.
She left for London to be a model, but soon got more drawn into the dark artistic world. After all, her musical inspirations came from 80's British Pop/Wave/Electronic music. She visited clubs with individuals like Martin Gore, from Depeche Mode, or Ringo Star's daughter, Lee. Having grown up in a classy, conservative family, her friends ranged from peculiar aristrocrats to, not so noble, gangsters. She also travelled once throughout the British countryside with Irish gypsies, much to the despair of her snobby parents.
Andréa explored diverse independent scenes and caught the attention of prominent writers, musicians and film-makers of the counterculture art scene. She became a Fetish model, worked with Redemption and Hammer movies and was infamous for her Dark Fräulein dominatrix shows...
After trying her luck with a few London based bands, she decided to start her own band project and released a sinister/sarcastic album with the obscure Aghast (note: this old project has nothing in common with her present project Aghast Manor) which caught quite a bit of awestruck attention and made even big guys check under their bed.
Private circumstances led her into a very different direction and a very different musical style, nicely paid folk/new age compositions and a "frustrating" historical acting job where she found herself more than often surrounded by "fuzzies with no ambitions" that she truly felt nothing in common with... Thus, she came to the conclusion that real life was much more exciting to talk about. She started to work with personal expressions through Nebelhexë and, eventually, evolved into being simply Andréa Nebel.
Personal art comes from within. It speaks to everyone, it goes beyond fasades and ideologies, it just connects to the pain of the heart that everyone knows in their own way. I like to connect to the parts of me that never grew up. I like to connect to individuals that also have the darkness inside... I like to speak to those that were hurt and beaten down, yet that never give up. I had to learn early in life to fight and I'm not afraid to do so.
Andréa always had this unusual combination of mysterious vintage: enjoying old fashioned class, old-style cafés, elegant horses, hounds and decadent architecture - whilst at the same time being very much into raw and strong physical ideals - as well as boxing and fighting events. She eagerly promotes fitness and the importance of animalistic alertness and survival instincts to her followers, particularly to young women. Indeed, critics have claimed that some of her concepts are rather provokative and "glorify ferocity" (something Andréa just finds amusing).
Whatever she gets into, she is driven to be the best at what she does, always original, always genuine and always able to re-invent herself anew.
Between 2004 and 2007, Andréa expressed herself through paintings as well. She exhibited paintings and photos for the Method Learned in New York, yet decided that she wanted to prioritise music, writings and film involvements. From time to time, she also loves to create postcards, slogans and T-shirt designs for special editions or fashion houses.
Her latest pursuit is acting. She likes to express herself with roles that she can identify herself with. She already had a meeting with David Lynch and hopes to explore possibilities with other interesting projects.
I could never be just one thing. I love to play different roles, live out all my different emotions. Life is about so many different things. It's a game... it's about discovery. I feel sorry for those that are stuck in their way of being and don't get ahead in life.
Young artists often start off by hiding behind a phony image and the need to belong to a scene because they do not dare to simply be themselves. I was no exception. But then the inner voice gets louder and this is when things become interesting.
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