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Nalani Proctor

Name: Nalani Proctor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Instagram: @nalaniproctor

Photo by Canyon McCarty

Describe yourself & the work you do.    

I’m an independent musician based in Keokuk, IA. I compose, perform, and record my own music, and with bands – Finally Some Action, a retrowave/synthwave duo (, Dee Pretion, a grunge/bedroom rock band, and The Islanders, my families Irish/Scottish/Hawaiian band (I am Hawaiian/Portuguese/Irish/English). I also teach music to folks, ages 5 – 60, after school, along with directing a local church choir. 

Nalani with her father
Photo by Canyon McCarty

Why do you think the artistic community in Iowa is so important? 

Art in any community is important, bringing to light the everyday in the community, what might be happening in the world that others aren’t aware of until they view/ hear that artwork, commenting on the here and now, as well as the past, or what could happen in the future. I think it’s especially important to keep that conversation going through education.

What do you think is important for our community to do better when it comes to supporting local artists and musicians?   

Supporting artists along every moment of their journey, from the beginning through when they’re making a name for themselves. Also, supporting the arts in the school systems, contacting our reps to keep those classes available to all.

How can our community lift you up and support you?

I’ve made so many friends through shows, and it’s always a treat to meet new folks. I ask folks to share my music with a friend, come out to a show, and if you like what you hear, support me by getting some music/shirts/etc. so I can continue making music.

Design by Alex Crist

Who else do you think we should lift up? Give someone/an organization a shout-out!     

Girls Rock! and Queer Rock! camps in Des Moines, and Iowa City. Volunteering for the Iowa City and Columbia, MO Girls Rock! camps have given me more tools to be able to uplift girls, women, lgbtqia+, and people of color, and those camps really promote making music of all kinds and intersectional feminism.

Do you have any events coming up?

I do! They’re listed on my homepage of my website and I’ll be at Lefty’s Live on April 26th.

Any places we can access or see your work right now? 

You can find my work at: 



Photo by Canyon McCarty

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