“I’ve moved around quite a bit, but the SF Bay Area has a huge mix of talented artists. I feel like if you build a fan base they will rock with you until the very end. You can come across the haters yes, but the fans you have will show nothing but love and support in what you do. I love my fans.”
Check out the interview with Sir Nicholas exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Sir Nicholas: It started when I was about 18. I was living in Castro Valley, CA just outside of Oakland. A couple of friends and I thought to ourselves, “If all these other rappers are producing trash for music, what’s stopping us from making good music?” So my journey begins. I’ve always had a passion for music ever since I was young. I practiced every day until I felt myself becoming better each day. After that it just took off and here we are today.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Make the music come from your heart and soul. Put blood, sweat, and tears into everything you do and greatness will follow. Challenge yourself and keep pushing until the very end.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I’d say some hard challenges would be finding the right style that fits my personality and the message I would want to deliver to my listeners. Some of the harder tasks are doing it all by my lonesome, learning new things, and trying to use that knowledge to better my music. As well as motivating myself in the dark times to stay positive.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Get out there and show the people what you are made of.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’ve moved around quite a bit, but the SF Bay Area has a huge mix of talented artists. I feel like if you build a fan base they will rock with you until the very end. You can come across the haters yes, but the fans you have will show nothing but love and support in what you do. I love my fans.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself running with the top dogs of the industry creating beautiful music with excellent artists from around the world.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I really look up to Tech N9ne, not only is he the best rapper in the biz, but he speaks on the things most people wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole and it’s from his heart. I also look up to all of the Strange Music artists because they want to see people like me succeed in the industry. They speak words of wisdom and give back to the fans that support them. That’s the kind of rapper/emcee I strive to be.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Some music I do like, but most of the music today is just garbage to me. No heart, no soul. I feel it’s just a waste of time even listening to the tracks they produce. Sometimes I hear these tracks and think to myself, “How do they consider that to be music?” I grew up with real rap music (i.e.: A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Ice Cube, Jurassic 5, Tech N9ne, Tupac, Wu-Tang Clan, The Fugees, etc.). Now that’s real music.