Hi ladies, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Nichole: Everything’s alright. These are challenging times so I always try to put life into perspective and stay positive. Give yourself a hug today. Hope you are safe and well!
Nina: I’ve been pretty good recently. Melbourne seems to be getting out of lockdown very soon so I’m really looking forward to the summer. Hopefully I get to work with more artists over the break and make more music.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Civil War”?
Nichole: Definitely! It’s a dramatic song that highlights internal struggles with the self. It carries different meanings to each listener which is wonderful. I’d ask our audience to think about what is causing their own personal battles in life and what they’ve learned from those experiences.
Nina: Yeah couldn’t have said it better really. It’s about one’s own internal struggle and the claustrophobia that comes with having to handle it all on your own- and that struggle varies for each individual so it’s really up for self-interpretation. It’s also a message of hope and validation.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Nichole: There wasn’t one particular event. I remember having the idea that if I wrote about the possibility of experiencing life’s worst pains and hardships, it would all seem less scary and maybe wouldn’t hurt as much. It’s a relevant title for the times we are living in. The pandemic, elections, disconnect from family and friends has shown us huge divides between people. I think the first way to heal that is by fixing the civil war within oneself.
Nina: I mean Nichole wrote the song, she’s brilliant.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Nichole: Hopefully! If we can film something across the hemispheres.
Nina: I mean that’s the goal, it’s just about coming up with the idea and yes dealing with the geographical separation.
How was the recording and writing process?
Nichole: It was global. I started writing the song last year when I was taking songwriting classes at the University of Southern California. I went on exchange to Melbourne and transferred to a university in Australia this year where the rest of the process began! I met Nina at college and now we’re flatmates who write music together. I had a demo of “Civil War” from Los Angeles and she has a killer voice so we put the two together.
Nina: Yeah it was such a privilege to be able to do vocals for this song. We managed to record a few vocal takes with the full backing track with a friend and get it mastered in LA.
What role does Melbourne play in your music?
Nichole: A huge role since it’s the city where I met (the angel herself) Nina Lo and started our music duo! Australia has a really cool music scene. There’s less pressure to be mainstream so I notice that there’s more acceptance of artists who are candidly vulnerable and raw with the messages in their music.
Nina: I agree – I think what I loved about moving to Melbourne from Perth was the huge cultural shift towards a live music scene. I’m hoping I can see more of that as we move towards 2021.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Nichole: Of course. This is just the beginning!
Nina: Always, it’s our first song, but definitely not the last. We’ve actually got a few songs in progress that we’ve co-written and we’re in the process of finding our sound as well.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Nichole: Yes, our next single after this is called “What It Was” and we can’t wait to release it. It has more of a slowed down R&B vibe to it so please stay tuned and follow us for updates (@nikinaofficial).
Nina: For Civil War we’re hoping at least by the end of 2020 to get it out there. And yes our next song “What it Was” should follow shortly after. Please give us a follow on instagram!
What else is happening next in NIKINA’s world?
Nichole: I’m flying out of Australia and back to the United States for the holidays. We’re planning on writing music and collaborating remotely until we’re in the same city. My goal is to write hit songs with Nina, start new screenplays, educate myself on social justice issues and spread positivity via time spent with loved ones.
Nina: I’m taking the summer off which means I have three whole months to listen, write and create music. I’m beyond excited and I can’t wait where this journey takes me. Our goal is to have some live gigs lined up sometime in 2021 (which could be later in the year).