Hi Nic, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been real good!
Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Aisha¨?
In contrast to music sometimes having an…unfortunate way of objectifying people, I’ve been writing a lot of songs where I do the opposite, and try to personify objects, taking into account the effect they have on my life and what shared personality traits they have with people I’ve experienced. “Aisha” is half about a specific girl from Philly, where I’m from, and half about coffee, which certainly has a powerful impact on my life.
Did any event in particular inspire the song?
I was at the Odunde festival over the summer when I began writing the song, but I wouldn’t say that the event necessarily inspired it. There’s really just a certain energy Philly possesses that becomes especially prevalent at large, city-wide gatherings. That vibe is what’s super inspiring, and it simply isn’t in the air anywhere else I’ve been.
How was the recording and writing process?
I actually started writing this song specifically about a girl and then got an opportunity to play in the Coffee Music Festival, where I had to write a song about coffee. The whole thing ended up meshing really well. I recorded the track with Ben Thomas, my engineer down in Philly who I’ve known forever and who – with whom – I’m tracking my EP; that’s usually a pretty smooth process at this point.
Speaking of which, how´s your debut EP coming along?
Oh, real well. Super excited to share it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m not sure about a title, we actually might release everything song-by-song, so we’ll see. In terms of a date, everything will probably be pretty spread out over the first half of 2016.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not really, I’d rather stay focused here and work on building upon what I already have.
What else is happening next in Nic Hanson´s world?
I’m working on a bunch of stuff! A smooth electronic-funk EP with Tyler Caldwell, who’s a good friend of mine and producer from LA, another with my man The 83rd making very vengeful, futuristic electronic music. I’m also doing a hip-hop project with some of the people I grew up with, and a series of collaborations with various Philly and NYC-based artists and producers. Stay tuned!