Pretty good, can’t complain. The music has reinvigorated my spirit so I’m ready to work.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Amen”?
“Amen” is a very important song to me because I discuss some very personal topics that hit home. It was a tough one to work on, the stuff I’m talking about is all true so I wanted to make sure the message was conveyed in the right way.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
A few actually. One of my ex-girlfriends passed away from an overdose and it made me rethink a lot of my life. She was someone I cared about a great deal and we weren’t together at the time but her death really hit me. She was a really good person that just couldn’t shake her addictions no matter how hard she tried. I felt so conflicted because there were times I felt the same way. So I was grateful to be alive but miserable that the world has lost a gentle soul. The other was my friends battle with bi-polar disorder. He was experiencing some really dark lows and I didn’t know how to help him. But seeing him turn it around and get his life back on track was so inspiring to me. Every day is still a battle but how could I complain about my life if he was able to battle his own mind? It made me very grateful.
Was it easy for you to tackle these dark themes?
No. But that tends to be where my music takes me. I’ve been a few different people in my lifetime and I’ve seen people struggle in all sorts of ways. I developed some demons of my own. The best way I know how to deal with them is to rap about them and perform the songs. It’s the best vice I’ve ever had.
Did you ever have second thoughts throughout the brainstorm process?
Of course, whenever you’re talking about such a touchy subject you feel like you don’t want to hurt anyone or come off as disingenuous. But I spoke with my friend and the family of my ex and they both gave me the go ahead. When your friends believe in your ability to tell a story it makes all of this a lot easier.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes I’m in pre-production for a video as we speak. Can’t wait to shoot it.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was really organic. I had been waiting to tell these stories for a while and when I heard that Homage beat I was mesmerized. I remember it was really late at night when I first heard that “Hallelujah” and I started writing. I may or may not have shed a tear writing it. I can’t remember.
What role does Long Island play in your music?
Well that’s where I got my start. I spent half of my life in Brooklyn, half in Long Island, and now I live in Queens so I’m really a New Yorker at heart. But Long Island is where I first stepped onto the music scene. It’s where my home base is. it’s where my family is. I learned so much from my time there. We’re super slept on. People just ignore the island but in reality there are so many talented artists out here. It’s insane.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, “Amen” is the single for a project I have in the works. It’s been a long time coming but the process has been so cathartic and eye opening for me. I can’t wait to drop the music.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The Quiet One – November 15th.
Any plans to hit the road?
The Quiet 1 Tour
11/16 – Hartford, CT- ITS The Room
11/20 – Washington DC- Takoma Station
11/23 – New York- The Delancey
11/26 – Boston, MA – The Middle East Upstairs
I’ve been planning this for a while. Performing is my favorite thing to do on this Earth and you’ll see that when I touch the stage at the Delancey and every city. it’s going to be a blast.
What else is happening next in NIKMOODY’s world?
I have an albums worth of material I’ve been sitting on. Now’s the time to make it happen. I’ll be shooting a lot of videos. Dropping a lot of music. Hopefully putting together more tours. I have a line of merch for my brand “The Manix” on the way that will be available online. I’m excited. I made the commitment to make music my number one goal about 3 years ago. I quit my day job, got a side job and attacked this full force. That decision has taken me on a lot of ups and downs. My world is finally starting to make some sense now and all I care about is growing my fanbase. Fingers Crossed.