NK: I don’t really know to be honest. I’ve always been pretty bad at answering that question. I would probably just say some sort of pop, I like catchy melodies. Yeah. Let’s say pop.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
NK: Inspiration can come from anything. There are moments where I am inspired by everything in my day. The difficult part has become acting on that inspiration at the right time, making sure you don’t just sit still during that feeling can be hard. When it comes to my own art, I’m usually inspired by the sadder moments in life. I know that sounds weird but that’s how it happens. My friends who are also doing creative things inspire me often as well. I try to watch a lot of videos of people in studios working on music, or fashion designers designing their collections. I recently watched “Unzipped”, a film documenting Isaac Mizhari’s creative process as he designed a collection. That was super inspiring. To just watch a hungry creative work and love it, is great.
CH.89: What inspired you to start making music?
NK: I’ve always loved music and playing instruments. It wasn’t until around the age of 11 or 12 when I started to “write songs” haha. Most of it was terrible nonsense of course. At the age of 15 I wanted to start getting serious and began looking for my sound. I started a project called BEDROOM and was putting stuff out online with that up until last year. I think what originally inspired me to start making music at that specific age was just high school teen angst. You know, feeling confused about life and yourself during those times, I needed an outlet and music became the thing to do it for me.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new track?
NK: It differs. I used to make the entire instrumental first and then focus on lyrics. But I’ve gotten in to the habit of finding a pretty progression on something, whether its a piano or guitar, and then trying to sing a melody over it. After I have the main stuff down, I call it the skeleton of the track (guitars, bass, drums), I just try different things. Whenever you can feel it in your stomach, almost like butterflies, you know you’ve got a good sound and to just roll with it.
CH.89: What would you want people/ the listener to take from your music?
NK: Whatever they want. I make music for myself, to help me with thoughts and feelings. I put it in to something that I can look at, like looking at your track online with the art and everything is the best feeling to me. I just want people to know that they aren’t alone. I’m writing about personal things, struggles of anxiety and stuff. I want people to be able to relate to it and to take whatever they want from it.
NK: Well, I think it’s pretty well known artists don’t make much money at all. So I think I’ve turned in to an extremely hard worker because of that. I’m not the type of artist to just chill and smoke a bowl haha. I often times obsess over things I’m doing and try to make it all better. I handle my own press and stuff too so I’m in a business mindset a lot of the time. It can be pretty stressful.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
NK: I used to just go in and see what happens. I’ve started to act on ideas. Like I’ll see or hear something and I’ll be like “oh it’d be cool if I did this or this”. I’d say half and half is good, a decent balance between knowing and not knowing is key. *dj khaled voice*
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?
NK: Never ever ever let anyone ever tell you how to create your art. Make it for yourself. Let it guide you, let it eat you up and ruin you at times. Always do what you want to do. That’s what art is to me. There are of course techniques of doing stuff, some people rely way too heavily on that and become annoying. I hate that. Just make the art you want to make, people recognize genuine art.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
NK: Maybe not the highest of importance but I definitely think it counts for something. I personally love clothes and fashion. I want to design clothes one day. I think an outfit is a form of expression. Carrying yourself with confidence is important, an outfit can help that. If you’re walking around in a dope fit, you feel dope. You act dope and therefore your actions become dope. I used to have a baseball coach (I only ever played baseball in like the 4th grade) who was really on us all the time about our uniforms. He’d say, “You look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. I want to play good, don’t you?”
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
NK: Seeing things for what they are. Like seeing past the bullshit. Feeling misunderstood by the majority of people can be tough.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
NK: I just love making shit. I don’t care what it is to be honest. Music is one part of what I do. I love it all. I want to make movies one day. I just love creating something and looking at it and saying “I did this. It’s mine”. I feel like we’re all here to create something.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?
NK: Yeah, I love Kubrick. I love how he took every project super seriously. He let his art speak for him. He made incredible things. I also really love Kanye. I know he says some pretty dumb shit sometimes, but I think past all of the celebrity stuff, he genuinely cares about good art. He wants everyone to know that it’s okay to make things and pushes the youth to do so. I also love Childish Gambino, really anything DG does is great. Also Frank Ocean. Where ya at man.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
NK: Technology is almost everything. It allows me to have a fanbase and sell my work. My entire career has been based off of the internet, anything I’ve done has happened from the internet. Labels I’ve worked with, other artists, etc. It’s a platform for artists to build their image, create their fanbase and to hopefully start a career. It’s hard because SO many kids are making music and throwing it up on Soundcloud. But if you use the tools we’re blessed enough to have the right way, you can make some shit happen. Email some blogs, get some press going, drop some art, get it shared, get likes, downloads. It’s helping artists develop a business mindset.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
NK: Yeah for sure. Although I think even those who don’t follow creative paths still see things the way we creatives do, the difference is that we turn it into something tangible.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
NK: I love traveling. I haven’t been around too much, I toured the southeast a couple of summers ago, that was fun. I’ve been to Mexico. I really love Savannah, GA. I also may be in LA soon.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
NK: I don’t read very much to be honest. It’s one of those “I wanna do this more” things but never do. I read a book called “Class” by Paul Fussell recently. It was fantastic. It’s about the american status system.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?
NK: Oh for sure. I’m starting to release new music, getting shows together, merch, the whole nine. I’m so excited for the future.
CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?
NK: Impossible by Travis Scott. Really cool artist.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
NK: Feeling the need or desire to get something out of your mind or off of your heart through a creative outlet in hopes of effecting someone else is beautiful. I feel the need to do so everyday. That’s what being an artist means to me.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music?
NK: I just wanna make great stuff.
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