Exclusive: An Interview With Nica

By: Kat Harlton
https://punchbugrecords.com/nica

New York-based rock singer-songwriter and pianist Nica recently released her debut album Bruised. 

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When listening to Bruised, you enter Nica’s stream of consciousness depicting the chaotic nature of transitions, change, growth, and letting go. The heavy rock n’ roll backbeat drives the coming-of-age collection, allowing Nica’s lead vocal and upfront lyrics to soar against glistening harmonies.

The album was composed and executive-produced by Nica, with additional production and instrumentation provided by Jake Fineman.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Nica and discuss her inspiration, songwriting and social media.

Kat: Could you talk about the inspiration behind your debut album “Bruised”?

Nica: Pain was the driving force of Bruised. I was in the most vulnerable phase of my early twenties. Writing songs about my anxiety, and my bruised insides helped me understand myself better.

Kat: Could you speak about the songwriting process? How does a track normally start for you?

Nica: Emotion triggers a lyric, accompanied by melodies from my imagination. If I’m not close to a piano, I’ll sing into the voice memo app and come back to the idea ASAP. If I’m home with my piano, I’m usually there for a few hours, crying about what is inspiring the song, trying to find the chords I hear in my head and expanding the lyrics. I try to finish the entire song as fast as I can, so I can record a demo and do revisions/ add more instruments at another time. Taking breaks is helpful for the ears and brain.

Kat: Have you ever been given any advice career wise that has made an impact, or alternatively do you know have any advice for emerging artists?

Nica:

Make eye contact
Leave the audience wanting more.
Karma is real.

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Kat: In a world where everyone is heavily on social media, how do you handle your online presence and potentially being seen as a role model?

Nica: I love social media. My online presence is an extension of myself. I have multiple accounts. @nica_music_official is my artist page that has solely become only about my music. I have another account @nicathevegan which is more personal to my lifestyle and beliefs.

Kat: What on your playlist?

Nica: I’ve honestly been on an NPR podcast flow. TedTalk Radio hour, Serial, This American Life, Invisibilia.

Kat: What’s next?

Nica: I am in the process of writing and recording new projects. I want to get more into music videos and film live in the studio sessions. I’d love to perform live more often. Soon!

To discover more Nica visithttps://punchbugrecords.com/nica

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