Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Nick Ralg and I was born on January 9th 1993 in the town of Webster, NY USA. I grew up with both my parents and my two older brothers myself being the youngest. I played hockey as a kid and a little baseball. At six I was diagnosed with type one diabetes but with the help of my wonderful family and friends I manage to keep myself healthy through the years. I also started drawing as kid mainly self-portraits like Bob Dylan and my favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I started listening to music at a young age being in the school choir since was in 3rd grade to 8th grade. I listened to artists like The Beatles and Eric Clapton as some of my earliest influences then having my mind blown when my eldest brother introduced me to the musical genius of Bob Dylan. Then other artist that were pivotal in my musical identity were Tom Waits, Nick Drake, Big Star, Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Kate Bush, The Cure, The Smiths, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell and Jackson Browne just some of the top of my head. I started writing lyrics before ever picking up an acoustic guitar at age 13 in the hopes of my talented cousins would play and sing my words. Once I picked up a guitar and my brother taught me the first chords of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heavens Door” I was set to create my own music. I knew I wanted to be a solo act and figure out how to play certain instruments to the best of my ability to create what I truly wanted to hear. I started playing keyboard on certain tracks to add more to my music and I’m so glad I did. Though I don’t know how to read or write music I learned from playing by ear and certain courses in school. During my community college year at Monroe Community College I took certain music classes that I loved like Vocal Class, Songwriting Class, Guitar Class, Music Appreciation and Rock N Roll Class.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

What I mostly play is folk singer songwriter kind of music. I record all my instruments myself as well as produce each song. ‘When You Said’ lyrics deal with losing someone you thought you could trust and the heartbreak of that kind of rejection and loss.

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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.

As a musician there are a lot of up and downs. Rejection is one of them but you have to persevere. I love what I do and for me I love crafting a song and working on it until I think it sounds right. The whole process is a joy to me and I love recording and hearing the final product.

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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.

I am the only one who actually records all my music. That includes playing all the instruments and producing each of my songs. On ‘When You Said’ I recorded the vocals and keyboard on one track then used GarageBand to add more background vocals as well as an acoustic guitar part and several keyboard arrangements.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been a musician for around ten years. I’ve recorded so many songs through those times and I’ve grown as musician each new song I do. My future goal is to grow my fan base and have more people enjoy my music. I also want to keep on growing as a musician and become better and better.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I have a lot of influences as I mentioned above but my biggest has to be Ryan Adams. His music has always moved me and makes me want to become a more soulful and better. Through my beginning stages I was looking for my voice but as I listened to musicians like Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and many more I started to gain confidence in myself and find my voice as a musician.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t think there’s a secret in creating a ‘hit song’ but when recording, playing and singing your own song in the right moment it’s a beautiful thing. Hearing back to your song and hearing that emotion you wanted to get across through your words and music there’s nothing better.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

The message I want to send to any fans I have is that if you’re passionate about anything then just don’t give up no matter how much rejection you face. Keep working on your craft and enjoy what you put out in the world because that’s always a truly wonderful part of creating.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Practice makes perfect. Whatever perfect means to you. I get a kick out of playing and recording something that I can tell I gave my all into and to me that’s true perfection.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I’ve mainly done a lot of recording less touring or playing at coffee houses. I came out with a record in the late summer called ‘Home’ that I’m so proud of and so happy that anyone has listened to it. I’ve been mentioned in certain music blogs from songs that came from the new record and for that I’m forever grateful.

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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.

Some music blogs include Adobe & Teardrops, For The Rabbits, EarToTheGround, Santa Rosa Records, Eternity Records, heroboard and KRXM Radio.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

In the beginning stages I used to write the lyrics first and then I would put music to the words. Now as I grow as a musician I tend to pick up an acoustic guitar and then come up with chords and a melody then write the words. Sometimes, like in this case, I’ll write a song starting with a keyboard. I mostly record everything separately then mix the tracks into each other. I started recording with a Tascam 8 track recorder I got from my friend then I started to record using GarageBand which has made my sound much better.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Five huge artists in my life would be Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits.

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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.

Like I said before I mainly record everything myself. There’s rarely anyone I ever collaborate with except a couple times with my friends. I would love to record and collaborate with any of those huge influences I mentioned and a producer like Ethan Johns.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Here are social media links where you can follow me.

Twitter

https://twitter.com/NickRalg55

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/nick.ralg

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/nickralg/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Here are some links to where you can find my new record ‘Home’ and my other music.

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/home/1268864515

 

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/1jkFRcjDOAL8AQAHVnoWFk

 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Home-Nick-Ralg/dp/B074MKBTGG/ref=sr_1_2?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1511586110&sr=8-2&keywords=home+nick+ralg

 

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/nick-ralg

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would spend a million dollars on my family and loved ones who would need it. And of course a lot of sushi.

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