“I think these days the problem isn’t what’s being released, the problem is what’s being promoted. We’re pushing unintelligent, easily manipulated artists.”

Check out the interview with Nick Givechi exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Nick Givechi:
I’ve always been drawn to performance arts of any kind. As time went on I wanted to be known for something more than just being a parrot for things I watched, so I moved away from home and started living an unconventional life writing my own material out of real, hard experiences and putting production value to it. I’m doing alright for myself, mainly in spoken word poetry.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The only real advice I can give as someone who hasn’t found obscene wealth and superstardom in this field yet is you better want it. Don’t do this shit if it isn’t who you are down to the core. There are plenty of lucrative jobs out there and money is available in Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 shifts.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Like I said, you really just have to know what you’re getting into. Art is who I am, so the creative process is the fun part. The challenge of this lifestyle, across the board, is the house of cards it’s built on and never knowing if you’ll find your wildest dreams around the next corner or any corner at all.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
In this world of social media personalized interaction with your fans is almost 100% of the game. That is exactly what has brought me this far, communicating with every single person that likes, shares, comments on my posts with friend requests and genuine gratitude.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
Lawrence, KS is incredibly progressive and artistically minded. Art lives and breathes here; every street, every house, all of downtown drips with life. That being said, you can also easily alienate yourself in these streets by being an egotistical, mainstream profiteer. Like any city, or any community at all, the love you give is the love you get.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I don’t like to impose my importance on my audience. That’s really up to them. I make art that I hope will benefit the world in an uplifting or self-reflective way. If they don’t see themselves in me, I won’t be anywhere different in a year. I’m the people’s voice. I’m their canvas. The pictures they paint on me are the pictures I paint in words.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
The people/projects that have influenced my growth the most are Kevin Smith, Good Will Hunting, Eminem, Talib Kweli, “Basic Economics” (poem by Def Poet Tommy Bottoms), Fight Club (book and movie), and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (book). There are many more, but those are the ones that top the list.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think these days the problem isn’t what’s being released, the problem is what’s being promoted. We’re pushing unintelligent, easily manipulated artists. Music has been reduced to glorified spokesmen and spokeswomen for product advertisement.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NickrodGivechi
Instagram: @NiquePoetry