“I usually find places or events with a lot of people, award show parties or music festivals and try to perform or have my music played to get people used to hearing my work.”
Check out the interview with Nikko Wadley exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Nikko Wadley: I got my first contract playing Arena Football. I was balling hard my first season and got an injury that forced me to retire. I ended up in my friend’s in house studio recording myself every morning until I developed a style that was worth putting money into.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I usually find places or events with a lot of people, award show parties or music festivals and try to perform or have my music played to get people used to hearing my work.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I would like to produce and write songs for younger artists; have a movie production company that allows me to make movie and commercial music; I want to hear my music in movies and at NFL or NBA events; I want to see my music hit the Billboard Charts; and I want to get into clothing to create a platform for my style of clothing and models.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
The hardest thing is when your fans don’t understand the business and want to see you in the biggest places with the best artists. Everyone asks for money to get you on the air, of course we get drowned out by the big budgets of major labels. People can love your music, but it never gets heard by the world.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I’ve honestly been in India, London, Sweden, Austin, LA, and Houston the past few years. Some places are slow to hip hop, others loved what I was doing. I think connecting and networking keeps a lot of money from being made. Everyone wants to be the best, but people need to come together to create a movement so big everyone eats.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Just because one person doesn’t feel you don’t lose motivation. Most people are stuck in their ways. Travel to new markets and create your own fan base. No one will help you until you help yourself!
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I just won an independent music award and got a little taste of the red carpet. The best thing by far were my trips to Sweden, London, and India. The people I met made me want to stay forever. The love they had for music and what I did was exactly why I still work hard today. They taught me to be original and don’t follow American trends.
What is your inspiration?
My family’s the funniest people I know. They keep me creative and always have had my back through this process. I want the best for them and I’ll travel any length to make it happen.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Anyone that has a chance to be heard and promoted properly can make it. The talent will speak for itself at the end of the day. People can be popular following trends. The trendsetters may not be heard in the beginning, but the music will be timeless. Every star comes to the light one day.