Nick Howard is a talented British Singer / Songwriter who is currently living in New York. Despite Nick’s incredibly hectic schedule we were delighted when he agreed to complete a full in-depth interview with Song Revelation. Read on to discover what Nick’s musical background is, what he’s currently working on and what he does to relax.
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?
Acoustic, Melodic, Catchy, Thoughtful, Pop, Rock, Singer-Singer/Songwriter…that’s me in a nutshell.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Tea obsessed British Singer/Songwriter from Brighton who moved to New York six years ago with his guitar, suitcase and a lot of ambition.
Q: What is your musical background?
Marty McFly’s rendition of Jonny Be Goode, Michael Jackson’s moonwalk and The Beatles rooftop performance inspired me to become a performer. It’s been my dream as long as I can remember. I’ve taught myself everything through listening and making mistakes and decided not to learn to read music. Someone told me once that it’s what you ‘don’t know’ that makes you unique…I like living by that rule.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
Amazing. I was able to quit the day and night jobs I’d had to work to support the early stages of my music career. I played 150 shows throughout the year including some of the best concerts of my life opening for Lifehouse and Boyce Avenue. I’ll never forget the year that I could finally call myself a musician and not a waiter ‘who is trying to get his music career going’.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Absolutely everyone. Paul McCartney remains one of my biggest influences musically and professionally. Michael Jackson showed me what a performance really is. James Taylor showed me that you don’t need anything more than a guitar and stool to move people. Bands like Oasis and Coldplay showed me that it’s cool to be British. Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Jack Johnson showed me that the genre of music I write can actually work out and people actually enjoy it .:)
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
If I could one day open for Paul McCartney I’d retire (don’t hold me to that). I’d love to open for The Script or Coldplay, they’re two of my favorite bands and to work with them at any level would be amazing.
Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?
I DJ’d in our tour bus yesterday (currently on tour in Europe) and had a bit of a Motown obsession going on. We had some Marvin Gaye, some Smokey Robinson, some Jackson 5 and some other classics of that era. Seemed to get the band and crew in a good mood for the day
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I start by messing around with chords or licks on the guitar and piano, then once it starts taking some shape just sing anything that comes to mind. I trust that my emotion will dictate to me what that song should be about…so out of my mumbling I try and decipher what my heart is trying to articulate…then start jotting things down.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Both are equally important. Melody tends to be what hooks people in off the bat…once you’ve got their attention you can get your message across to them through lyrics, which is what will make them keep listening.
Q: Where are you based?
New York now but from Brighton, England originally and it’s still my real home
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Great, I was lucky to grow up in Brighton. Its really diverse culturally which sets you up for an open-minded life in the future. It’s also full of art and music so it was a natural environment to develop a passion for music.
Q: What are you currently working on?
Promoting my currently album in Europe and the US by doing a combination of tour dates and radio promotion. Right now we’re in the midst of a 14 dates European Tour which is going great. After we’re done with all this I’ll probably start work on album number 3
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
It’s really hard to say. I think opening for some of my idols has been pretty amazing, but also then developing my own fanbase and playing my own shows has also been incredible. The first festival I played will always remain etched in my memory, and hearing my songs on TV and radio for the first time was also pretty cool
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Just building my fanbase and playing to as many people as possible. I’d love to set a great foundation for the next album, and move onto even bigger things for that one.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
I have a shows in London on October 26th. This is an intimate acoustic show to celebrate the UK release of my album ‘When The Lights Go Up’.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I’m a bit of a sport nut and will watch everything from cricket to hurling. I’m a reluctant Crystal Palace fan but that probably wouldn’t fall into the ‘relaxing’ category.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Yes, please come and see me play live. It’s my favorite part of the whole process and I love nothing more than connecting with audiences in person.
Editor’s Note: Nick Howard has the personality, drive, talent and great songs to have sell-out gigs for a long time to come.
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