IT has been cool speaking with Nick Lopez…
about his new song, Words, and where he heads from here. Lopez reveals when music came into his life and which artists compel him; if there are gigs booked in the diary – he recommends some rising artists that are worth a shout.
Lopez talks about his plans for the remainder of the year and what he would say to artists coming through; if he gets time to relax away from music – he ends the interview with a great song choice.
Hi, Nick. How are you? How has your week been?
This week has been great! I am currently at my beach house relaxing.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I am a Pop artist and songwriter. I write songs about my life in Los Angeles.
Can you talk about the inspiration behind the track, Words? How did it start life?
It’s about a friend who was going through a rough patch in her life and me basically reassuring her that everything was gonna be ok if we just took a spontaneous road trip to get out of L.A.
Might we see more material next year? How far ahead do you look?
Yes. Probably another single or two before the end of this year!
How did music come into your life? Which artists did you follow as a child?
I grew up listening to a lot of Alternative and Soft-Rock music - The Maine; Lifehouse, Train; The Fray etc. I just always had a natural love for music and singing. Once I started playing piano and writing songs I was hooked.
Is it true you played in front of 5,000 people are a rally at high-school?! Is that when you knew music was what you were meant to do?
Ha. Well more like 2,500. But, yes. I performed an original song at a high-school rally in front of the whole school and the reaction I got made it clear to me that music should be my main focus in life.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
A few more songs released and, hopefully, some cool collaborations with other artists. I also have been writing songs with groups like Xuitcasecity, my friend Zach from the band A R I Z O N A; gianni & kyle, ASTN; Christian French, Crankdat and more up-and-coming artists. Hopefully, some of those get released too.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
I always like going to music festivals and watching my friends perform for tens of thousands of people. I hope that one day I can be on the stage like them.
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
Room for Squares by John Mayer is the first album that I really fell in love with. Pioneer by The Maine is probably, through and through, my favorite album of all time. California 37 by Train is also a very great album - especially the songs that weren’t the Pop radio singles.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Probably John Mayer. I wouldn’t even be thinking about the rider…
Will there be some tour dates coming up? Where might we be able to catch you play?
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Don’t be afraid to write songs for other artists at first. It’s a great way to break into the industry even if you don’t have a big following.
IN THIS PHOTO: ASTN
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I really don’t - which is why I’m stressed all the time. Haha.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Like We Did (Windows Down) by The Maine (smiles)
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