Nikki describes her music as “pop music with cuts, tattoos, and honesty.” With straightforward, yet poignant, lyrics like, “Don’t know who to trust and who to doubt” and “Someone like you is much too wonderful, lovely for someone as sad as me,” Nikki has already garnered attention for her songwriting prowess.
Check out her lyric driven hit, “Transparent Hands” and find out the reasons behind her great music.
Why did you select this song as your current single?
I picked this song for my first single because I felt that it kind of captured the collective sound of the EP. Everything about it just seemed right to me, I thought it would be perfect to release as the single!
How does this single relate to the rest of the Album, EP or Mix-tape ?
The song is a little different content wise than the rest of the songs, but I think that it captures the essence of all the songs. A lot of the song on the EP are about more serious topics, so Transparent Hands was a way to bring in some light, but also keep with the theme of the other songs. The songs about loving someone but feeling like you’re not a happy enough person for them.
What was the writing the process like?
This song originally started out as a poem that I wrote when I was bored sitting my my grade 10 science class. When I got home I figured out some chords on the piano and a melody. The song, how it is now, is almost the same song I wrote that day. I was having some problems coming up with a chorus that really punched, so I did a collabortation with my producer, Gavin Brown, and song writer, Karen Kosowski. We finished off the chorus in a couple hours!
What does this songs lyrics mean to you?
Lyrics are my favourite part of creating music. I love putting words together to try and create emotional stimulus for the listener, but you can only use a limited number of words! It can be a challenge sometimes, but I love it. The lyrics on Transparent Hands are particular special to me because they showcase the two sides of me; Happy and upbeat or sad.
What would it be like to see you perform this song in person?
When we perform this song its really fun, it’s a good song to dance along to! I like to move around and dance a little bit, the beat is nice and driving.
Could your fans summarize who you are by this song?
I think they could. It’s really nice to have a song thats a little more upbeat musically wise, but has lyrics that deeply relate to your life. Transparent Hands is that for me, it reminds me that I need to keep balance in my life. I love this song so much and it was my biggest hope that other people would feel the same way.
Is there a video planned or released?
We did a video for Transparent Hands last march! The idea behind the video was love is love. In the video my love interest is a girl, but you can’t tell what gender she is until the very end of the video. I wanted to show people that it shouldn’t matter who you love or who you’re with. The video takes place in 4 different locations, a school, a limo, a beach/forest, and the Toronto water filtration plant. The concept was that when I was with this person I changed into who I really am, but when I’m pretending to be someone else I look like everyone else. Doc Martens also were a big part of the video, they were featured in every scene!
What is your motivation behind your music?
I started out just writing music for myself, and I still do, but now I want to write to give people hope or something to look forward to. I’ve struggled a lot with some shitty internal things so I just wanna let people know that it’s totally ok, you don’t need to feel weird and out of place. Everyone else is going through stuff too, just remember that.