INTERVIEW: Nicola Thoms

How would you classify your music?

I would describe my music as poppy soul.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Top 5 would probably be: Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Lianne La Havas, Jessie Ware and Eva Cassidy. A varied bunch, but they’re my favorites and definitely who I have taken most inspiration from in terms of artistry, writing, and vocal agility.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I always want my songs to come across as honest and raw. I want them to feel the emotion that I feel when I’m writing and hopefully find their own way to relate to what I’m saying and expressing. After all, that’s all music is about.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

The London music scene is awesome. It’s so varied and vast that literally anything goes. But that’s what I love about it, you can be a traditional song writer/ artist or you can be as left field as you like. I like that there is room for you to write exactly how and what you want to write and there will be someone/ some place that can connect to it.

What is your Creative process? 

As a standard I am always writing ideas down as I live my daily life. I’m that person that always has a notebook in her bag (I quite often now take notes and voice notes on my phone! iPhone generation!) so that when the moment strikes I just jot it down and then I come back to it when I’m fully writing the song. I like to work with other people as well, it’s so great to work with people who have the same vision as you but can also bring something fresh to the sound of a song and take it to another level. I used to be quite a lone wolf when it came to writing a song, but I’ve learned to not be so precious and embarrassed to share my ideas now!

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

I’d say the best concert that I’ve ever been to has to be Stevie Wonder in Hyde Park. I don’t think I could ever compare another artist to him. The sheer energy that he and the band had and the way in which the energy literally electrified the crowd; I was stunned. Their musicianship and Stevie’s ability to get the emotion of a song across every single time. It truly was an inspiring day for me and I’ll never forget it!

Describe to us a few words about your new song.

I wrote this song about my Grandad. He was the kindest, funniest man who was the most amazing Dad, Grandad and Husband. My sisters and I were very close with him and when we lost him it was the first real sense of grief that I’d experienced and truly understood; it really hit me hard. He was the anchor to our family and after losing him things really started to change. He was home to us all and I truly never have and never will meet anyone quite like him. I wrote this song as a tribute to the most wonderful Grandad who I love with all my heart.

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

I think as an artist you are always learning and evolving, but this past year in particular I have learned to become comfortable being myself. I think in the music industry it’s hard sometimes, as it’s human nature to always compare yourself to everyone around you, but the best thing that I’ve learned and I’m still learning is that we are all on our own journey and it’s okay to be you and create the music that you want to make and tell your own truth.

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 LOVE to…
Meet: Whitney Houston
Play a gig with: Bruno Mars
Co-write a song with: Mark Ronson
Have dinner with: Kanye
Have a drink with: Beyonce

I couldn’t pick one!

What’s next for you?

I’ll be releasing more music later this year! Keep an eye/ear out!

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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