2017-06-07 / Features

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Nikmoody

Nikmoody is a writer, rapper and songwriter from Long Island. Raised in a blue-collar Italian family, he experienced some loss and depression at an early age. Over time, he learned the importance of a positive mindset, and made it the focal point of his music. After 7 years of changing names and experimenting he’s finally found himself in the music. His logo, a skeleton hand with its fingers crossed is not just a symbol, but also a mantra that he lives by. He explains, “Hope until the very end.”

His debut EP, “House of Mirrors,” came out on May 23. The 5 songs play like a reminder to oneself: “Keep pushing forward.”

QG: Describe some of what it was like to create and record your album.

N: Creating my album was a long process. The writing of the music was actually the easy part. I wrote most of it in the span of a week last March, and it was intended for something completely different. It took me until January of this year to have enough money tucked away to start working on it at Dream Recording Studios in Bellmore. The atmosphere in the studio was so positive. Each song flowed very smoothly and it was really special to be able to have a 2-month turnover time. By March everything was finished and we were on our way. These songs meant so much to me. They were written at a particularly difficult time in my life, so once we got into the studio they fell out of me. It was special.

QG: Is there anything in particular that you hope your audience will gain from your new album?

N: I want my audience to gain perspective – on me, on them, on our society. The whole concept of this project was to show listeners vastly different sides of myself in an attempt to gain insight. With each song [having] its own identity and its own vibe, “House of Mirrors” explores the depths of perception over vastly different production styles. From old school boom-bap to Jeff Beck-like guitar riffs, the vibe always serves a greater purpose, to urge listeners to change their perspective. The project plays like a trip through an actual house of mirrors, with each room distorting the image of self on a journey towards hope. I just want my audience to feel something.

QG: How did it feel to win the Art Fest Showcase at the Afrikan Poetry Theatre?

N: It felt great. As a relatively unknown artist to the Queens crowd, it was really inspiring to have so many people unanimously pick me to be the winner. I will definitely be returning on June 17 to defend my title.

QG: What are some of your long-term ambitions in the music business?

N: All I think about is touring the world and playing music. For me, the live aspect of the music is the most important thing. My music comes from a very deep and real place, so having the chance to perform it in front of people who believe in me and are fans of mine would be my ultimate goal. I’ve always dreamed of being able to go overseas and have fans there. I want to keep growing as an artist. It’s a process, but I love performing, and to do it for a living would be a dream.

QG: What are some of your favorite things to do in Queens?

N: I have a lot of friends who live in Astoria, so I’m always in the neighborhood. It’s such a vibrant place. There’s so much culture. We love going to beer gardens like Bohemian Hall and simply enjoying life. You can meet someone from almost anywhere in Queens. I love that aspect of it.

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