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Introduction to Artist " NI KO " from Maine

WMH : 1. What first got you into music?

NI KO : “Ive been surrounded by music from as early on as I can remember, but my mom really introduced me to all different kinds of music which definitely brought me closer to it as a whole from a young age.”

WMH : 2. Who or what inspired you to make music?

NI KO : “When I was like 6 I was really into rock bands and stars like Bon Jovi, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, etc. so for longest time I had always aspired to be like them. I even gave myself an alias and told my parents not to call me by actual name anymore… also growing up a lot of my friends were really good athletes and I wasn’t so much so I gravitated towards something I could be the best at instead.

WMH : 3. What is your creative process like?

NI KO : I really prefer to be alone when I create. I usually don’t write anything beforehand. I basically start by scatting different melodies and flows over a beat and let the lyrics write themselves once I find what I like or just freestyle different punch-ins as I go.

WMH : 4. Has your musical journey had a deliberate direction?

NI KO : I definitely think that my passion for music at a young age played a big part of my long term development into an artist. By the age of 6 I was already getting into “atozlyrics.com” and learning all my favorite songs by heart. Getting my first guitar in 3rd grade and playing various instruments in the school band throughout elementary and into high school was really just the framework and it quickly transitioned to a serious passion when I started to experiment with making beats and recording.

WMH : 5. What is your biggest musical challenge?

NI KO : After I make a song I tend to feel like I could have done something better, change something, or like it’s just not quite done. I’ve started to open my mind to collaboration which I definitely feel has helped me overcome that hurdle in a lot of ways.

WMH : 6. What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

NI KO : Honestly I can’t really see myself doing anything else. Music has given me the ability to convey my message and impact others in a similar way that it has impacted me, which is what I have always wanted to do.

WMH : 7. How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

NI KO : There are definitely a lot of angles to this question but overall I think ability to network with other creatives, market your music, and build a brand all from a phone is huge for artists trying to come up. There has definitely been a huge influx of new artists this generation on the saturation of the market but the internet also creates new sub-genres.

WMH : 8. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

NI KO : Never be satisfied. This also creates my biggest challenge as an artist.

WMH : 9. If you were talking to a younger version of you, what advice would you give yourself?

NI KO : Always know your worth, trust yourself, and be patient. There isn’t much else to it - Once I found those two things within myself it helped me focus on what really matters.

WMH : 10. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

NI KO : Artists of this generation have to treat their music like a business/brand in order to get themselves out there. Aside from other factors, there is so much undiscovered talent to be found in the underground that gets turned away from the business aspect of music. The industry would be much happier and better off in a world where creatives are given the free-reign to do just that, create.

WMH : 11. What’s next for you?

NI KO : My producer and I have been making the best music we have ever made recently. At this point there’s really no telling where it’ll end up going, its just up from here.

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