My name is Nick Summit. I am from the U.S. My birthday is April 9, 1995. I was born near the banks of the Mississippi (New Orleans). There’s a lot of truth to that. I grew up on the levee and rode bikes on the neutral ground outside my house.
I had been writing songs for about eight years before I got to go into the studio to record. I was really inspired by Billy Joel and the Beatles. Since 2014, I play keyboards in a Funk R&B wedding group called “Lateeveningband”. I can’t say I’m an incredible pianist, guitarist, or singer, but I’m an expert whistler.
My melodies are inspired by songs across several genres, but I think the sound of my compositions is similar to a lot of early Coldplay. Some of my rock songs have a vibe close to Third Eye Blind and The White Stripes. People tell me that my melodies remind them of John Lennon. The concept of my unreleased music video is a man who has to recreate the woman that he lost.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
I can’t say I’ve really faced a down side. Recording in the studio was a lot more work than I anticipated. But I enjoyed it, and it was one of the most enriching experiences I’ve ever had. I can live in the studio. Just hearing somebody say that they enjoyed my music is an UP. I get a lot of friends and family that genuinely enjoy my music. I don’t really write music to be popular. I would be happy listening to my own homemade demos. But when you go through the work of recording songs professionally and adjusting them to fit the ears of other listeners, it’s definitely great to see people enjoying them.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
The Funk band I play keyboards in has been together for over 40 years. I’ve only been with them for 4 years. They call me “The Band Baby”. My music producer is Kenny Royster of Direct Image Studios in Nashville. The first day I went into the studio I had planned on “Elena” just being a “filler” song that we could record in case we had some extra time. We didn’t. But I came back months later with a completely revamped version of it. Better lyrics. Better chord progression. And now it’s my favorite of the nine songs I recorded.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I guess people would say that I became an artist in the music industry when I released my first single in January 2017. I feel like I’ve been in it for years. My goal is to record another four songs around December 2018.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
It’s hard finding songs that I love. It’s so hard that sometimes it’s easier just to write one. Also I am inspired by the ocean.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I think people get stuck in a certain mindset whenever they start writing a song that they severely limit their possibilities. Take off the filter. Write about stupid stuff that makes no sense for a few minutes. Try writing lyrics with as many generic cliches as you can for a few minutes. You end up just writing instead of thinking about what you’re gonna write.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
“Look Mom. I made it.” And to everyone else, thank you for your support. Can’t do it without you.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Buy my album. You’ll learn a lot….
If you want to make money doing something that a lot of people will do for free, you better make sure you’re that good. Also, never give advice. That way you can’t get sued.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
I came in second in two different “Radioairplay” song contests for my singles “Elena” and “Everlasting Soda”.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
KRXM Radio, Radioairplay, Purple Melon Music, SirChillicious, Indie & Folk Radio.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Hopefully one day I’ll be able to use randomlyricgenerator.com for my songwriting. But for now when I’m working on a song, I like to sing it in an undertone to myself and get into it. It doesn’t feel like work, especially when I first start writing. I make my voice sound weird on purpose a lot. I like to be alone to do this so I don’t have to be embarrassed about the quality of my raw, writing voice.
Name five biggest artists that you like.
Mr. Little Jeans
Lana Del Rey
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I have never co wrote or co produced a song with another artist. If I get the chance I think it would be cool to make a record with Mr. Little Jeans because I really like her stuff but her style is very different from mine so it would help me grow as an artist.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Elena – Single by Nick Summit
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
I might have to go with Saints winning the super bowl for my happiest day. My saddest day was when my fish and my dog died on the same day. I might write a country song about it.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I would adopt a three legged dog and get him a prosthetic. I would get a billboard that says “keep your hands off my million dollars”.
I will use it to pick up starving people and take them to where the food is. I would forget everyone I know and make real friends in Hollywood.