A lover of lyrics and multi-talented Singer/Song Writer are just a few of the things you can use to describe Nikki Jean. After viewing just a few of her videos on YouTube and numerous daily posts on her Myspace page, you quickly understand that her success is far from being an overnight thing. Her vocals and attention to lyrics is what makes it hard to take your ears and eyes off of her. Arize had the privelege to sit down with Nikki between her hectic schedule, on tour with Lupe Fiasco and others during the "Glow in the Dark Tour", and really gave us a better understanding of who Nikki Jean really is as an artist and as someone whom you cant label as just a R&B singer.
Arize: Being an indie artist, what do you think lacks in todays music industry? And what do you think the creative differences are in indie as compared to major music companies?
I think the music industry is in a state of transition. . so stability is one of the many things lacking. Some people say that the industry lacks creativity or innovation, but I think you just have to know where to look. In terms of companies, I don’t believe in good ones or bad ones. The people who run the companies are what make them functional or not. . so I believe in good people, who are passionate about music and musicians. There are people like that at major labels and indies, you just have to find them.
Arize: What R&B does Nikki Jean listen to? I would assume you’re so critical to others as well as yourself just off the simple fact that your voice and sound is so unique and 100% Your sound.
Yikes. . I’m not a big R&B listener. . I think that being surrounded by the artists I’m surrounded by (primarily hip hop) and being brown has caused me to get a few good looks in the R&B genre, and has caused me to be classified as an R&B artist. I don’t mind it, I just think it’s inaccurate. . . its like when people think I’m Latina. . I love latino people. . they’re beautiful. . in all their shades and incarnations. . some of my favorite food is Mexican, Dominican, etc. . I however. . am not Latina. In terms of R&B, I like Bill Withers, I like Smokey Robinson. . I like good songwriters.
Arize: The video blogs give us a insight of who Nikki Jean is…You even put a blog up about the day you quit your job…How have people accepted you as a person after all these blogs? And has anything creepy ever came from these?
People have been extremely supportive, there is always a the occasional heckler, but for the most part I would say blogging has been a great experience for me. More and more people recognize me from the blog, and THAT is crazy. . nothing really creepy yet. . God willing we can just skip that whole thing.
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