Nikolas With a k

Story

I started making music with my brother in our garage when I was 9 as lead vocalist (unfortunately the singing-gene died from lack of use over 7 years) and drummer. I then worked making music on-and-off for a few years until 2016. Around 2016 is when I really started making music more often because I was making video-games at the time and they needed soundtracks. In 2017 is when I started making music separate from games and not much has changed since then but better equipment(and better taste on what type of music to make :P).

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

I don't really know, I just enjoy it. Hard to describe.

What is your music dream?

To not be shit.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Separation of church-and-state. That'd solve a lot of our problems really fast.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Mr. Roboto by Styx or We Will Rock You by Queen. My dad had a lot of influence on my musical tastes as a kid.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

The White Stripes, Twenty One Pilots, Tyler The Creator, and anything Jack White touches.

What inspires you to make music?

The hope of the end-product not sounding like trash and getting that little dopamine hit from it.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

You can make music no matter your equipment, a lesson which I learned and ripped from Jack White, admittedly.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Never have. I mean I did once when I was like 11 in a band with my brother performing for our mom and I felt like a rock-star at the time.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Equipment doesn't equal success, and hard work also doesn't always equal success. Not really sure how to resolve the latter with how over-saturated the music industry is.

What do you think of Drooble?

Seems pretty cool so far.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Working for ages on something that ends up sounding like garbage no matter what to do to it because your fundamental starting-point was flawed.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I follow some local punk-bands as they come far-and-few between the over-saturated hip-hop scene in Georgia.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Personality and not just trying to sound like their idols.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Michael Cera Palin - Punk/emo rock band. Unfortunately they broke up in 2018 but left 2 amazing EPs. The Coathangers - All female punk-band. They would be huge if they got a better producer who knew how to mix properly. King and Queen of Losers - A small 2-piece indie rock band. Black Tar Road is a bop. Landon Tewers - Makes some slammer metal and great folk/rock songs. Temporex - Amazing weird electronic-indie dream pop. I can't really find proper words to describe him.