Nikki Era the Music and the Person


 

 

in magazine photo credits: Alex Reckert, Sky Rizzo, Sky Rizzo, and Mikey Pop

  • What is it about the 80s era that you are drawn to?

I just love how BIG everything was back then in every way. The fashion choices, hairstyles, makeup, synths, drums, etc! It was such an excessive time and unapologetically gaudy. I'm obsessed with that! That's why I wanted to incorporate that concept into the LP title and "MEGA" just popped into my head.
 

  • What is your favorite band or artist from that era?
From that era specifically, I'd have to say, Billy Joel and Cyndi Lauper. But there are so many!! The 80s gave us Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Prince, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Elton John... I mean these people defined music as we know it. So magical!!
 
How do you describe your personal style?
Somewhere between naked and a rainbow faux fur jacket. 
 
How long have you been a singer? Where were you discovered?
I've been a singer forever. I feel like as singers you're always getting "discovered" by new people at different parts of your career but the first time anyone realized I could sing I was 4 and I sang at my Kindergarten graduation. I didn't tell anyone and my parents were like omg what's happening. Afterward, people were like, "she's good! put her in musical theater!" So I did that for most of my life and I still love musical theater so much. 
 
What’s a writing session like when writing with a celebrity artist?
It's always different. People are people and they have their own ways of doing things. You just have to be positive and ready to adapt to the vibe in the room.
 
Is there a particular song you have written that’s your favorite? Why?
My favorite song I've ever written is a song called "Wild". We are re-thinking the production of it for the new album but the bones of the record are what make it so special to me. One of my favorite people in the world taught me to play the piano a few years back and it's helped me so much with my writing. I was going through some stuff and I sat down at the piano and wrote the record and put chords to it and it was such cathartic. It's really special to me and my favorite song to perform! (thanks jwb<3)
 
Who thinks of the concepts for your music videos? Do you get any say if any of the other creative processes?
I think of them most of the time. But so many amazing people have definitely helped me along the way. I'm kind of all over the place so it's good to have other creatives around to bounce ideas off of. I've made a bunch of videos with this artist named Rook and he's one of my favorite people to work with because he thinks I'm crazy and says working on my concepts is like "going down the rabbit hole." I love Alice in Wonderland so I don't mind haha. For this album though I really am trying to work with as many females as possible. I recently did a photo shoot with this fab female photographer named Meesh out in L.A. and it was so perfect!
 
Do you have any live shows this year?
I'm still putting the live show together! I definitely want it to be SPECTACLE honey!!! So I need to really come at it like it's a production and not just a performance. The musical theater baby inside of me needs a keytar and dancers for this tour. 
 
Do you have any hidden talents that we don’t know? 
I've started editing my own videos so that's a new talent I'm working on currently.
 
How long did it take to write Fantasy Boy?
It was so fast! Fantasy Boy came out of the left field but opened up an entirely new chapter in my career and gave me a direction I didn't even know I was looking for! It honestly took like 2 hours. It was so meant to be. I like to think it was a little gift from the universe.
 
Where can fans find you via social media?
@TheNikkiEra on Instagram
 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Touring the world and spreading my BDE---Big Diva Energy <3 

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