Hi there Nick. Thank you for joining us on Deception Magazine. You recently released your new EP “Love and Heartache”. Congratulations on that! What was the initial inspiration behind the EP? Thanks for having me! Yeah, it actually fell into place really naturally, and after writing a few of the songs, they came together themselves really as one whole project, about the different extremes of emotion in situations. That’s why the lyric that stuck for the title, love and heartache, really reached out to me. Two opposite ends of emotion.
What was the creative process like with the EP? Did you face any sort of challenges during the production stage? If so, how did you overcome them?
It was definitely not what I’d usually do haha, with coronavirus and lockdowns and all of that stuff. Luckily the songs were written and pretty much fully produced before we went into lockdown, but it meant finishing things remotely, and a lot of back and forth emails and calls instead of in person production!
What kind of message are you trying to convey through this EP? I’m not sure if there’s a specific message I’m trying to get across, but I think I do want people to be able to connect to something in each of the songs, and see themselves in some way. All 4 of the songs are from a personal place but they tackle subjects that I think we all experience at some point, whether it’s heartbreak, not feeling yourself, comparing yourself to others. There are a lot of universal emotions tucked into these songs so I hope people realise they aren’t alone in feeling them.
You have achieved a massive amount of over a million monthly listeners on your Spotify channel. How does it feel to know that your music is gaining such a vast influence? Yeah it still weird me out if I’m honest. In a good way of course, but it blows my mind that many people are listening and enjoying what I’m putting out. I remember putting songs out to nothing so it’s nice to have some sort of following there definitely.
Where do you draw your musical inspirations from? If you could have an opportunity, which artist would you choose to collaborate and work with in the future? I like to think I draw it from everywhere. I listen to a lot of pop music, LANY, Julia michaels etc. But then also lots of Bon Iver, John Mayer. It all blends into one inspiration for me. I think if I had to choose an artist to collab with right now it would be Noah Gundersen. I’ve always been a huge fan of his lyricism and they way he presents topics and phrases.
When it comes to songwriting, do you need a specific setting to work in or do you consider yourself easily adaptable?
I think I’m definitely easily adaptable, every studio I’ve ever been in to write has been different from the one before it. I’ve written songs in my kitchen, on busses, I think the beauty of songwriting is that you can pretty much write wherever you want to.
What kind of reaction are you hoping to achieve through this EP? Honestly I’m just happy to have the songs out and have people connect with them. I’ve already had so many people reaching out and telling me how they’ve related to them, and that means everything to me. The songs were written almost therapeutically for me, so to see others finding something within them is amazing.
Are there any upcoming projects/collaboration you are currently working on that you would like to hint your fans about? Haha there definitely is something in the works but I won’t say anymore than that. Gotta keep it super low-key at the moment…
Lastly, is there any specific message that you would like to give to your supporters? Just a huge huge thank you really. I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now without you so I am eternally grateful.