Nikïa – Pretty Brown Skin [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Raw, Authentic and Spontaneous

Tell us a few things about your new work “Pretty Brown Skin”.

Pretty Brown Skin was inspired by this guy I was talking to (who turned about to be a misogynistic and way worse person) and his voice and the way he talked just had this really mellow almost sensual vibe that I guess I picked up on that allowed me to make the chord progression and the beat and eventual lyrics. It took some time making it as I made a draft beat so crap and wasn’t syncing the melody and chords together sounded like a hot mess. This was due to doing things through MIDI as a challenge to myself as I am more of a sit at the keyboard and make noise until something I like comes out. Also, Pretty Brown Skin apparently gave summer vibes but I am releasing it in Autumn so ha. Because the guy wasn’t a pleasant person it showed me at the time to love myself and not bother look for love or romance right now which inspired Pretty Brown Skin

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

My most personal and honest lyric is ‘Bathtub tears, saddened face, it’s just another day of getting by’ from a song that is in an upcoming project of mine where it’s really for me. But you will be hearing of it soon.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

Amy Winehouse is defo my inspiration and influenced me the most. Missy Elliot, Freddie Mercury, ELO recently, Marvin Gaye a bit, Adele, Melanie Martinez, Left Eye, Aaliyah and Erykah Badu are the ones popping in my head right now.

What would you change in the music industry?

I would change the time expectancy. Meaning the time an artist or idol is allowed to take time to make their music before coming back in the limelight. There is a lot of singles more than there is a solid album these days (I can’t chat much as I am doing that right now) and concert wise, having just singles is quite unbalanced sonically. How would you shift into the next song or link them? And, I would like the change the expectation of an artist being perfect from the get go considering artist and development isn’t given to aspiring performers/creatives the way it was around the 70s or 80s. I know I have to improve much more and work on my singing but people seem to be quick to say shit then think in today’s world, people may not have access to certain faculties.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

From what I heard from listeners and friends that hear my music. After a long day at work, just getting back home and want to listen to something to relax or ‘detox’

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

I’m a pretty dull person so I don’t think I have been in major trouble. But, the one that pops in my mind is when me and my cousin were throwing tomatoes at someone’s house (I was between 6-10 at the time) that we may have not bought. And I remember he kept going at it and I got lost somewhere because I couldn’t keep up with as he was on a bike and I was running. So I walked back to my Auntie’s place to be met with a cussing and I was scared lol. He got the same cussing and we were forced to stay inside for the rest of the day.

Thank you!

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