Nexus Meets… Uni
The brainchild of singer-songwriter Christina Borenstadt, Uni is an evocative and intimate expression of vulnerable emotions. Compared to acts like The Cranberries, Christina has an ethereal sincerity in her music bound up by raw sentimentality. We speak with Uni about her debut EP The Mountains Inside, musical achievements and much more!
Why did you decide to start making music?
I never decided to really make music, it just kind of happened! I started hearing melodies in my head as a child and started to write them down to get them out. I started writing fully-fledged songs when I taught myself guitar at 15. My father had a guitar in the living room growing up and I was always drawn to it. I loved the way my voice sounded with the strings; I was like a moth to a flame. I always wanted to actively pursue music, although it wasn’t until after I graduated from college that I taught myself music production and went for it.
What is the most exciting part of being a musician?
I love how therapeutic music is, naturally. All my feelings and emotions get expressed and it makes me feel better. I also feel like I’m connecting to a deeper part of my soul. Being a musician, you get to touch or relate to other people through your music which is very heartwarming.
What can you tell us about your EP The Mountains Inside?
The Mountains Inside is a life-long dream come true for me as I always desired strongly to release a collection of songs. It so vulnerably delineates an inner journey to healing within oneself. The EP begins with themes of isolation and ends with themes of wholeness and interconnectedness.
What do you hope people take from the EP?
Utmost, I hope people can relate at all, even a little bit. When I was struggling with depression growing up, music felt like it saved and healed me. It’s my life’s dream to do that for other people.
Which track is your favourite?
I feel like I’m drawn to ‘Hold Me’ a lot, not only because it was the last song I worked on but also because listening to it uplifts me. People have really liked ‘To Find You’ as well which I did not expect, but it is the most vulnerable track on the EP.
What about your least favourite?
This is like picking your least favourite child…so hard. I feel like every song has a purpose and place.
If you could change one thing about The Mountains Inside, what would it be and why?
Part of me wishes it came out sooner, but I can’t mess with fate that way. It was difficult during a pandemic! In truth, it’s perfect just the way it is in its snapshot of time.
What is your greatest musical achievement?
Learning music theory and production for sure. I had the most amazing teacher that helped me a ton. His name is Larry Samson.
Do you have a message for our readers?
Thank you so much for reading and listening, I hope my music touches you in some way. I’d also love to chat with you on any of my social media platforms anytime. ❤️ I’m @unisounds on Instagram and on Facebook/Tiktok as @unimusicartist