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INTERVIEW: Nick Dakota

How would you classify your music?

Nick Dakota’s debut album “Vision” would be classified as pop country rock.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Steely Dan; Allman Brothers; Tom Petty; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and last but not least, Johnny Cash

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I would like my fans to recognize and appreciate “Vision” as being high quality music involving a wide range of feeling and musical ability. The lyrics are impactful, catchy, memorable, and relate to all ages and demographics.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

West Michigan is not a large musical hub, therefore, we’ve utilized some of the best musicians that Nashville has to offer. All of the production professionals and musicians on this album have played with many well-known, successful artists.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

My favorite concert had to have been Tom Petty with Crippled Crutch (Summer Camp 2015.) However, the most impressive live production I have ever seen was Bass Nectar (Tomorrow World in 2014.) The lighting and audio quality were out of this world! What I like about live performances is the energy that comes from the band, audience and crew when everyone and everything are clicking together.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

My favorite song is “Past You and Me” because I was able to express a side of my musical range that was not often used in the other songs on this album. This song gave me a chance to utilize my vocal diversity which has always been important to me.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

My singing and vocal range have expanded rapidly over the past year. I find myself able to sing melodies that were difficult in the past. By working with an excellent producer (Robyn Robins) and incredible musicians, I am now able to execute a stronger, more distinguished and professional song delivery.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

I would liked to have hung out with Tom Petty. He worked with all of the biggest rock & roll names in history and recorded many fantastic albums independently and with other musical greats.

What’s next for you?

My next move is to put together a quality band and tour, while continuing work on my next album.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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