Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Nick Wilson to find out more...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from London, and I think being raised in a family that constantly played different music all the time meant that I've kind of always been into music. At least as far as I can remember! I think I first properly got into lyrics and melodies in my teenage years, when I started listening to music more critically.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I grew up listening to a whole bunch of different genres, it always came back to The Fray, Gavin DeGraw, Coldplay etc. I definitely think that influenced the way I write and sing, but now i'd say some of my biggest influences are John Mayer, Noah Gundersen and a whole bunch of other incredible lyricists.
How would you describe your sound?
I'm never too sure how to answer this question haha! I would say melody driven, alternative pop? But I started out making acoustic music so there is definitely an undercurrent of that.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The new single is called Get Up, and it's about picking yourself up from a bad situation and trying to think positively about it. I think sometimes we have a tendency to stay in a bad situation or mind frame because its often the easier option. Get Up I guess is my attempt at an inspirational kick up the backside haha.
What’s your local music scene like?
So being based in London means the music scene is always evolving and constantly thriving. I love it, there's always something to go and do and new bands or musicians to support or discover. It's a big motivation to know there are so many other artists trying to do the same thing as you!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
There will definitely be new music. At the moment, I have a whole bunch of songs that I'm trying to figure out how best to release. No full album on the cards just yet, but possibly something more than a single. I'm playing the Servant Jazz Quarters on September 19th in London too, which will be fun!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
So many people I'd love to work with. I've been lucky enough to write with some personal inspirations of mine, but the dream would be to work with John Mayer on something, if anything just to see how he works.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I've actually never had any crazy live performance cock ups, when I was first starting out I accidentally had the capo on a fret that was way too high, and didn't notice until half way through the song when my voice could not reach the high notes at all. It hasn't happened since thankfully.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I can play the crazy frog song by slapping my cheek. If that isn't cool, I don't know what is.