Interview: Megan Nicole
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:12:56
What's the best part of summer? Well, it's the music of course!
That brings us to Megan Nicole. Her brand new single "Summer Forever" heats up the season like no other song on airwaves at the moment. Megan's voice coasts over the wavy beat with immediate energy, while the hook takes flight. It's a sun-kissed anthem you're going to play all year round. It's also the introduction to one of pop's most exciting new voices…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Megan Nicole talks "Summer Forever" and so much more.
What's the story behind "Summer Forever"?
Ironically enough, we wrote it back in December. We were throwing around ideas for the album. I didn't have any fun, lighthearted, good, upbeat, danceable songs. I thought the best way to portray that was summertime. It's hanging out with your friends. Even though it talks about "Summer Forever", some people take it so literally like it's the season of summer. I think it's more about not wanting summer to end because at the end of summer, you're worried about that "summer love" ending.
The lyrics are definitely visual.
Yeah, that was something really important which we took time on. There's a reference to an "old Mustang", having your "hair up", and "Chucks on". It's really fun!
What was your best summer?
I like the little moments. Back when you had summer break during school, you didn't have to do anything in the summer [Laughs]. Those were some of the best moments. One of my best friends lived down the street from me growing up so we would hang out and do nothing.
Does "Summer Forever" open up the doorway to the album?
I definitely think so. The video portrays my goofy side. I was singing in a giant inflatable donut, and that was one of my ideas. There's a crazy swan in the video. It's very lighthearted and fun. There will be a few songs on the album about being young and living in the moment. Hopefully, the fans can relate to that. There are a lot more emotional, mid-tempo tracks. Overall, I hope the fans can find a way to connect to the songs. A lot of them are very personal for me.
What's your vision for the record as a whole?
We're definitely keeping it pop but not too dance-y. It's important for me to incorporate the live instruments. A lot of the songs are piano-driven or guitar-driven. I have some live drums. Growing up, I listened to a lot of sixties and seventies music like Al Green and Stevie Wonder. Then, I listened to some eighties like Queen. They're a big influence to me musically. As I continue to grow as an artist, I'd like to take my music in that funk-influenced direction, which a lot of artist are doing today. The new Daft Punk song is very funk and EDM-driven. Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars have been incorporating that into their music for a while. I'd love to take my music more in that direction.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
Yeah, I really enjoy doing that. I think someone who does a really good job of that and is also an inspiration to me musically is Katy Perry. She's really great at telling a full story and conveying the visual imagery of everything going on.
What artists shaped you?
I still listen to a lot of Stevie Wonder, Al Green, and Queen. I enjoy Taylor Swift. She's a really good performer. I've seen her a couple of times live. She has a great attitude on stage. Bruno Mars has so much soul when he sings. I've been listening to Maroon 5 for a while. When I was in fifth grade, my ant gave me a Songs About Jane CD. She has been a big influence to me musically as well.
What are some of your favorite movies?
I like The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger as "The Joker", Clueless, Dumb and Dumber…I like action movies and comedies. Those are my go-tos.
What's next for you?
I'm getting out on the road and connecting with the fans. YouTube is a great platform, but now it's time to get out there and reach some of those people. That's the next step. I'm looking forward to doing that. There's nothing like performing live. One of my favorite aspects is connecting with the fans. There's nothing like it.
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