Making music has been “very special” to Nina Gotsis since she began writing songs on guitar 15 years ago. The folk musician, who also plays drums, loves both the recording process and the performances – “it’s exciting when there is a packed audience,” she says.
Gotsis has Down’s syndrome, which makes it hard for her to vocalise. Ahead of performances, she writes out what she will say in between the songs; sometimes she sings along, too.
Gotsis is one of 18 neurodiverse artists who are writing, recording and releasing music through Club Weld, a free program run by Parramatta’s Arts + Cultural Exchange (ACE) which pairs neurodiverse songwriters and musicians with established artists, who collaborate on their music and help develop their skills. Club Weld’s latest EP, What the World Needs, was released last week: six songs led by six neurodiverse artists, accompanied by western Sydney symphonic choir River City Voices.