Meet Nick, a talented Hip Hop star from Hollywood, who has been taking his family’s legacy forward of songwriting. Nick is a songwriter, musician, and producer, working in the media industry for a long time. The immensely talented artist aims at surprising the audience with a unique merge of different genres of music from across the globe. Moreover, he wants to connect with people and wants them to relate to his music on a personal level.
This rising talent has a huge fan following on social media. Thus, he is planning to conduct live shows for his fans very soon. Nick’s recent songs “Place for Us” and “Whistle” have been doing quite well on Youtube. Nick’s efforts of writing, directing, and editing his own songs are showing great returns. Nick has been at the receiving end of a lot of appreciation from the audience. Thus, we interviewed him to know more about his life and art.
Nick always wanted to be in the industry. So, when asked about his dreams and his future plans, Nick replies,
“Honestly, I just wanted to be in the industry as a kid. I wanted to be respected and be able to do music for a living. So for me in a lot of ways, I am already living my dream. Of course, I would like to excel even further and take this rap thing all the way. I see myself touring in a few years with an even larger fan base, and selling even more records, and eventually moving into acting and being in big Hollywood movies. That’s also another dream of mine!”
Nick takes his inspiration from Michael Jackson and has grown up listening to him. Nick has written and produced songs for Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Yg, Sam Bruno, Bianca Ryan, Fabian Mazur, the list goes on. In the year 2011, he participated in Bravo’s Platinum Hit reality TV show starring Kara Dioguardi and Jewel. Nick also co-wrote “Don’t Talk About It” by Fabian Mazur Feat. Neon Hitch reached 4.6 million views on YouTube. Nick signed a deal of publishing and recording Bump Into Genius/Warner Chappell Music Publishing in 2017.
Sharing his experience of working with celebrities, Nick says,
“I have written for so many different artists that it really has opened up my songwriting and production abilities. And, I can pretty much do anything these days, from pop to R & B and EDM, and hip hop. I feel limitless, which is a good feeling in this business. Working with Snoop was my favorite, however, because he was really open to my ideas and pretty much, used everything I wrote for him which was awesome!”
In the Bravo reality series, Nick learned a lot and grew as an artist. Not winning the show motivated him to do better in life, and helped him get where he is today. Nick mentioned,
“Being on Bravo’s Platinum Hit was a ride! I learned so much and grew to be the artist/songwriter that I am today. That show was really the beginning of my journey. I placed 4th in the competition which really broke my heart at the time. So, I had to overcome adversity, and really stay tough, and dust myself off and try again, which I did. I think that failure, or being told “no” is important for upcoming artists and writers so that they have something to work for. For me, that was all the motivation that I needed to get to where I am today.”
When asked about any specific reason why he merges different genres of music, Nick told that he always wanted to do something like this, different from others. So, switching genres of music caught his attention. He also realized that this is a unique area to work on, so took the opportunity and went ahead.
“Coming from the reality show “Platinum Hit” where we changed genres and were forced to write in different styles, I feel that it is almost expected from me to dive into different feels, and styles of music. I also have a very eclectic sense of musical style, and I enjoy all music.
I made sure that my project was unique in every way. The listener could never truly get bored with listening to me because I truly do it all. And, switch it up so much that even if you don’t like pop, you must love hip hop, and if not hip hop then country. I also wanted to reach the largest audience that I could with my music and doing multiple genres was the way to go for me.”
Talking about how he developed an interest in songwriting, Nick told that his grandparents are songwriters and they wrote the song “Here’s to the band”.
“So it’s in my blood and has always been a lifelong dream of mine. I knew what I wanted to do when I was about 5 years old and nothing has really changed since then.”
On asking about his discussion over political events and political raps, Nick says that it happened organically. He thinks that his voice has power and could reach a lot of people all over the country. He also feels that the ideas and values of the people are transferred through him and they deeply resonate with Nick.
“It happened pretty organically. I really am just a guy who enjoys a good conspiracy theory or two. Eventually, I just started to write my feelings, and point of view into my music slowly. When I got such a positive response from like-minded people then I decided to go all the way with it. I think that there are a lot of people out there who think like me and want the same things for their country, and so those are truly the people that I am speaking to in my music”
Nick feels lucky that the opportunities keep on coming his way. He believes in working hard and doesn’t plan anything.
“Honestly I don’t think about stuff like that. I just keep producing and writing good music, and whoever comes along next comes along. I don’t really plan anything, I just keep working hard and opportunities just keep aligning. I’m very lucky in that regard.”
Discussing his current plans, Nick talked about his upcoming projects with excitement. The album “Self United” will be released soon and he is currently working on it. The album would have 20 songs, says Nick.
Talking about his love for music production and songwriting, Nick quotes,
“My favorite part about producing is producing! I love to actually just sit down at my laptop and create music. I love adding and layering sounds to create something that hasn’t been done before, and for me, it’s really magical. Also, I wear all the hats in the studio, from singing to songwriting, producing, mixing, and mastering, and I truly enjoy every part of it. I would say that performing vocals would be my least favorite part of it, nowadays. It is just because I love to mix and master so much that I almost wish it was all done so I could just start mixing it.”
Being consistent in your work is something Nick firmly believes in. On asking about his plans of keeping the audience engaged and involved with his music, Nick says,
“I really just try to be consistent and do more than your average artist or producer. I am constantly working and shooting music videos and promoting my project. So for me, I think that it’s something that engages my audience and makes them more excited to check out my stuff and to stay engaged with me. I come from a hard-working family, and I am no different. I always want to keep my competitors on their toes as well as excite my audience with new material.”
As published on World Model Hunt Magazine