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
Ariana Grande performs “Problem” live on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater LA.
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August 27, 2017
(updated March 29, 2020)
Published by Candy Flakes
Date: 2016-06-13 07:00:01
Certainly in some respects Ariana Grande could be touted as the next Mariah Carey, and from a vocal prowess perspective, certainly, she would qualify. And, in so many other perspectives, also there she would comply, as in good looks, beauty, passion, crowd control, etc.,. However, there is an element that is missing, and that would be the true artistic professionalism which only the very few true charmers have had, and those very few would include Mariah Carey. In her attempt to reach this echelon, Ariana does too much woo hooweing, and not enough true singing, as in you know, those long passionate notes, notes which are missing in Ariana’s renditions, due to constant voice reverberations which become monotonous due to the overabundance of same. Time will tell, if indeed Ariana will reach the echelons pricipitated to be.
August 25, 2017
(updated August 25, 2017)
Published by morphmoney
It seems they all do it, start talking about how much money they’re making, when they run out of ideas for new songs, and unfortunately, Gwen Stefani, as it turns out, is no exception. And this artist would be the last one, as we would imagine, that would have to resort to such a low level. But then, the song is somewhat entertaining, if not that original. And the video, is what, mediocre? Nonetheless, the video does tell a story. And just like in reality … when you think you can’t live with a person, you leave but only in theory, because a part of you will remain with the love, a love which lasts forever, changes and becomes a part of you. And so in the end, we can only really congratulate Gwen one more time for giving us once again, something memorable and entertaining.
Gwen Stefani – Rich Girl ft. Eve. (C) 2004 Interscope Records