Aria Nichols – See Where This Goes

 

 

Aria Nichols - See Where This Goes
Aria Nichols – See Where This Goes

 

Aria Nichols – See Where This Goes

 

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

I was born in a small town in New Zealand on 7th July 1988, named Tania Williams, but that name was already taken on social media! I grew up surrounded by farms and attended a small country school.  I followed my two older brothers everywhere and had a lot of great adventures.  My teachers remember me as the little girl who wore pretty white dresses and played with mud and snails. I was academically gifted and was always daydreaming.

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

I began writing songs at the age of five, and sung in a few small acapella groups at school.  We had a piano at home and I would pretend I was playing for hours, making up my own melodies.  Although I attempted a few instruments I am not a musician, nor was I trained as a singer. I sing and write by ear.

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

My genre was a bit of an experiment; I met my producer with a handful of songs I had written for him the day before.  I told him I didn’t really know what to do with my jazzy and slightly retro sound.  He suggested trap and future bass – both of those I had been listening to so we trialed it and it worked.  I love what we have produced!

 

 

My song ‘See Where This Goes’ was a melody that came to me while I was doing the dishes – the lyrics were improv and they just fit.  Whatever is on my mind comes out in my improv, so the decision about a new relationship became the topic of the song.

 

 

The music video has a dreamy vintage vibe and features my producer (Don Fuego) on piano and a model (Louis Lameh) who acts frustrated by my lack of commitment. It’s very elegant.

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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.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I find it hard to work to deadlines, I keep wanting to go back and fix things.  My album cover took about nine weeks from the photo shoot to getting the right design. I can’t do that to myself! The reward is seeing my fans share my music and be genuinely excited to follow my journey.  That’s an amazing feeling.

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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.

The song was recorded in one take, without a clicker – my poor producer had his work cut out for him. After that I learned correct timing and would tell him the bpm before we started.

 

 

The music video was filmed in a villa in Dubai and directed by Hashem Zaini, we worked well together and he brought my weird ideas to life beautifully. I was very hands on, I designed the metal rig for the aerial silk which I had learned especially for the video, at one point during shooting I got so hot and tired that I felt dizzy, the model (Louis) had to catch me. It was a hilarious blooper scene though!

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

I’ve been writing music and singing for years, but only started to take it seriously two years ago. I won a couple of talent shows but it was just a hobby while I was studying medicine. It wasn’t until my final year that I began to take it seriously.

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

I always write while I’m driving or doing mindless tasks like cooking and cleaning. I guess I zone out and next thing I know I’ve written a song.  I have hundreds of songs on my iPhone.  The lyrics come from my subconscious and are always an expression of an issue that I’m facing; it’s my way of expressing what’s on my mind.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I record a voice note and if I find myself coming back to that melody by accident I know it must be catchy. It takes about 3-5 minutes to write each song, I usually finish writing when I arrive in studio to record them.  I don’t have a particular formula, just whatever feels right.

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

I have a tattoo on my arm in Maori which translates to ‘Stay strong and stay true to yourself’ it’s so hard to be yourself and follow your dreams. I hope my fans can feel that strength and use it. That sounds so cheese.

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

Hard work pays off! Put in the time and passion to get what you want.  Spend time defining your sound and getting to know yourself, then share it with just as much passion.

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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.

I’ve had some wonderful support from blogs so far, it’s quite addictive to google myself lately haha.  Highlights were when I needed help from my first blogger (Loudersoft) to change the permissions on my Soundcloud so he could embed it, and then when I was trying to submit my track to a radio station that had approved it (AT Radio – UK); I kept sending him the wrong file, he had to convert it for me in the end.  Some really great people out there who support you when you screw up.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

I like Lorde (a fellow kiwi), Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo, Lana del Ray and I’m really loving Jessie Reyez at the moment, her lyrics are powerful, she’s amazing.

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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.

I have collaborated with L’omari a Canadian/Qatari rapper; we produced a great track which I can’t wait to release! I also worked with a UK rapper called Menace, he featured on a house track of mine – it’s very catchy.

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

 

Instagram

 

 

Facebook

 

 

Twitter

 

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

CD Baby

 

 

My music is available in most digital stores.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Ah I was dreading this question, I’m glad it’s at the end! I don’t talk about it much but I had a baby last year with a heart condition, she didn’t make it through her surgery. Her name was Lamees, she was beautiful. The release date of ‘See Where This Goes’ would have been her first birthday. It’s been tough pushing forward with my goals whilst trying to deal with that, especially in the early months I was so frustrated with myself for my lack of motivation but looking back I was crazy to bully myself like that.

 

 

I kept to myself during that time. If you look saw my Instagram you wouldn’t even know it happened. I think that experience changed my sound a lot; I’m freer with my writing, not afraid to be myself. When you go through something like that nothing scares you anymore.

 

 

Happiest day… I’ve had too many to choose. There was a time when I was a teenager and I found myself in deep depression, for six months I didn’t know what was wrong with me. My boyfriend told me what it was and it was the most incredible feeling, just knowing what was going on. I immediately started to feel better. I walked to the shops and bought a mug with a smiley face on it. I had clarity, identifying the problem meant I could deal with it.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I’ve been doing charity work over the years, in particular raising funds for children in poverty to have lifesaving heart surgery (the irony wasn’t lost on me). A million dollars would save a lot of kids!

 

 

 

 

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