Nick Hakim says his songs “are like self-portraits,” and he certainly reveals himself eloquently through his soulful music. Hakim grew up in Washington, DC, and taught himself piano in high school. He moved to Boston to hone his skills, and in 2014 released a pair of acclaimed EPs, ‘Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II,’ before settling in Brooklyn. After solo shows and opening slots for Maxwell and King he cut the evocative tracks of his debut album, ‘Green Twins.’ He says the project was influenced by the likes of Marvin Gaye and My Bloody Valentine, and he strived to make it “sound like if RZA had produced a Portishead album”; NPR called it “soul music from outer space.” Whenever Hakim gets to work, the result is always inventive. In our exclusive interview “A Little Bit Bigger,” Nick talks about his musical identity, and we watch him at work in the studio, mentoring aspiring music students at Brooklyn’s City-As-School. He’s all about bolstering young talent. “I enjoy being around them; they have a pureness to them. Sometimes there are kids who know more shit that I do,” he says. “It’s crazy.”
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August 31, 2017
(updated March 29, 2020)
Published by Candy Flakes
Inspiration comes from within, from your thoughts, your dreams, your semi-awake moments in bed, when you think of a beat or musical overture, or the words to a verse and suddenly you jump away from what you’re doing, or out of bed, and run to your computer or instrument, paper and pen, and somehow record your thoughts before you forget them. And bingo, a song has been created.
A song is created the moment you sing or record the first line. Then the hard work begins. The hours it takes to complete the wording for the song. The hours of dedication to record all the instruments. I’ve jumped out of bed during the night many times, when I thought of a good line for a song.
For instance, I once thought of the line “If you could feel, like only you can feel”. I could even hear the music it in my mind, jumped out of bed and ran to my computer desk, where the work of completing this newly created song began. I followed the thought with “You must know, my days are not the same”. And then, “Though I’ve tried, to live without you” followed by “I will never, win this game”. Sometimes, in order to complete the rhyme and come up with a good line, it’s recommendable to reverse the process, that is, think of words that rhyme with the word you need to rhyme with, then try different wording which uses that, or those words. For instance, I needed to make a line that rhymed with the word “same” in the example above. I thought of name, game, train, lame, came, dame, fame, etc. And finally came up with the line, using game, “I will never, win this game”.
I have always found that my best inspirational thoughts come with my eyes closed, laying down. You will undoubtedly find the best time and place for your best thoughts. After all, it’s your thoughts which are transposed into music and — songs. The difficult part is getting your thoughts onto a medium, as precisely as possible. This then is the mark of a successful electronic music producer – – – that ability to reproduce thoughts onto a playable medium.
Lastly, do not stop or give up, until the project is finished
Posted a video of me singing this in my bedroom and a lot of you asked me to make a version with better audio quality so I went to Jones’ studio and made a new video. Here you go. Tribute to Whitney. I love you.
August 28, 2017
(updated March 29, 2020)
Published by Suzy Qiu
Gwen Stefani in single orange county girl. Too bad there is no video produced for this song, and only some pictures, as far as I can see. That’s a low grade production, much less than we expect from an acclaimed artist. So let’s concentrate on the song and music then, and it’s at about the same level as the non-existent video, not much there either! Sorry but, we need more!
Ariana Grande performs “Problem” live on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater LA.
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August 25, 2017
(updated August 29, 2017)
Published by morphmoney
This would be Gwen Stefani at her best, with an outstanding video, one that tells us a story, an entertaining one at that. This is well thought out work, demonstrating some pretty strong effort while showing a desire to give us something meaningfull, something we can relate to. This work is reminiscent of Gwen’s beginnings, with the pure vocals and strong personal input. Bravo!