- EEMagazine had the EXCLUSIVE opportunity to interview a hot, new artist who goes by the name of NicX!
- Who are some artists that have influenced you musically?
I was always influenced by my dad’s music he would always play around the house, he mostly played jazz. I love artists like Seal, Norman Brown and George Benson but, the album that was most powerful to me was Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor. The time that album came out was too perfect, that will always be one of the most influential things that has ever happened to me, musically. Another artist is Tupac of course. My reason of picking Pac’s music over B.I.G’s is because I’m more into poetry and real life events instead of metaphors and similes. I love them both though. Last but not least, Kendrick Lamar, everything that guy is doing right now is just incredible.
- Name some of your recent performances.
So far in my career I’ve only had a few, but my last show was in Cleveland, OH at a venue called Peabody’s. I was opening for King Chip along with another artist, my cousin as a matter of fact, he’s goes by the name of J-Curse. It was pretty awesome. Another show was in Atlanta, GA at a Club by the name of Cream. Small areas, but I’m not worried about that. Out in Atlanta there’s so many events to attend. I’ll be apart of a lot of those soon.
- Why do you make music?
I make music because, honestly, I have times where I don’t find anything amusing to listen to. I take it upon myself to create music I want to listen to. Like days where I kick back to play 2K or Skate 3 with my homies, sounds funny but it’s true. I also love making music that can help anybody get through anything in their life. The fact that I have the power to do that means so much to me. You know when you can do that the question is more like “why WOULDN’T you make music,” ya know? There’s people out there that may be afraid to talk to anyone about their problems but how cool is it to get your answers from music? My music is for people of all kinds. I somehow figured a way to get you hype and at the sometime put knowledge beside it.
- What has been the most surreal experience during your music career so far?
I would have to say being cosigned by artists that are already out there grinding. The fact that they don’t have to do it because they’re all busy doing their own thing is pretty awesome. I’ve met a lot of people that I somewhat looked up to in a way. The fact that I get to work and create with them is just too AWESOME.
- Do you have a favorite song on your last mixtape? If so, which one and why?
My favorite song on the byron, Lion mixtape is “Bang X2”. I pick that because it’s different from my previous work. I linked up with my homie Kid Omega and just made it happen. The energy on that record is pretty cool. I love the beat, the BPM, everything about it. The video too, man its one of my favorites so far out of everything I’ve done in my career, in my opinion.
- Which artists or producers would you like to work with in the future?
There’s a lot of people out so far that I would like to work with and I’m pretty sure there’s gonna be a lot more in the future. My only problem is my sound. I’ve met so many people that are so sick and dope at what they do, as far as production or being an artist, but I haven’t been able to work with them because my sound may not match with what they are doing or what they’re doing may not match with my sound. Luckily, there’s always a way around that. We would have to somewhat step out of lane together to offer something fresh and original, other than someone trying something they don’t do and putting their sound in danger. If we can do that than YEAH! I’ll work with a lot of people. At the end of the day I would like to work with King Chip, Kid Cudi, Ab-Soul, Kendrick, Joey Bada$$, Big Sean, Vinny Cha$e, a lot of people man…
- Describe your style of rapping in regards to your subject content, your flow, and your beats.
Haha! The crazy thing about this is that I always have people telling me about my flow, my content, my style, me in general. I find that funny. I always hear I got a voice like Big Sean, Kendrick, Tyga, and Drake. The crazy thing about this, I don’t find that bad at all because in reality none of those artists I named sound alike in any way. The fact that people say I remind them of those artists is pretty cool. I’m pretty sure when Kanye first came out, they compared him to someone before his time or when Outkast came out, someone compared them to someone before their time. Me personally, I don’t think I sound like anyone of those artists I sound like “NicX”, nothing more, nothing less.
- What has been the worst scenario, whether it be recording or performances, that has happened to you musically?
Okay, I’ve had so many of these but matter fact, it was at my first show in Atlanta at Club Cream. I was already a little nervous because it was my first show and my music was different from all the other performers, everyone sounded like replicas but it seemed like the fans liked that. I had my show CD together I gave it to the DJ, they called me to the stage and me and the show host were on stage while they were getting the music together, so we were talking then all you know the DJ was like… “Aye Nick, the CD scratched!” I was like WTF hahahaha. In front of everyone, I was so embarrassed. I had to go back stage and download the record off of someone’s phone, then bluetooth it to my computer and then go to the store to buy blank CD’s to copy it. It was just all bad.
- Any future plans for your music? New mixtapes? New videos? New performances?
Yes, I have a lot of plans, I like to surprise people though. I will say that on February 22nd, I released the link for my website (NicXnation.com) along with a music video. I may drop another video along with that. NicXnation 2 is coming soon but, before that I am dropping a EP just to warm you guys up for NicXnation 2. I have so many things coming, I have my own Media company by the name of NicXmediaGroup. Thats coming soon. I’ll be on a lot of Atlanta showcases too especially, after my new Ep releases. I’ll eventually expand into other things too, that’s why I produce, engineer, do photography and videography and more.
- Twitter | @NicXNation
- Website | NicXNation.com