Nikki Williams Talks "Kill, Fuck, Marry", Influences, "Step Brothers", and More
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:37:42
Nikki Williams has got some big ideas.
"I want my live show to be like a diary," she smiles. "I want to step into the situation of every song like a musical. It's the story of my life, and every song reflects a different scene".
It's a brilliant idea, and from her first single, the confessional, commanding, and catchy "Kill, Fuck, Marry", it's clear that it's only a matter of time before she realizes that goal. Williams manages to capture the spirit of classic soul within the landscape of stark, strange modernism. As a result, she comes out of the gate with one of the best songs of 2012 and something of a clarion call for her arrival—with a bang.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Nikki Williams opens up about "Kill, Fuck, Marry" and all of those big ideas she's got…
What's the story behind "Kill, Fuck, Marry"?
You know what? It comes across as a love song. For me personally, it's a look within myself though. I'm looking in the mirror and talking to myself about all of the shit I've been through. It's the love and hate relationship that every person really has with him or herself. I think everyone can relate to it in their own way.
Is that an important element of songwriting for you?
It definitely is. I want everyone to relate to every song I have. I think it's important for people to get to know both me and look inside of themselves a little bit and be honest.
How did the song come together?
Sia wrote it, and she thought it would be perfect for me. We met and talked for a little bit. She just got it. When I heard it, I was like, "This is definitely my song!" From the second it started, I loved it. It was like true love [Laughs]. Sia is one of my favorite writers of all time. Seriously, she's a poet.
Where did "Glowing" come from?
It's a super uplifting and fun song about being in love and having a good time. It's not too serious. You can dance to it. You can sing along to it in the car. When I sang the song, it reminded me of when I was 12-years-old and I fell in love for the first time. I had my first boyfriend, and all I could think about was holding his hand. That gave me a full-on heart attack [Laughs]. It's that vibe.
What artists shaped you?
Queen, Janis Joplin, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and all of the cool oldies…Alanis Morissette is also one of my favorites. I used to sit right in front of my CD player with my face towards the speakers, and I'd play Jagged Little Pill on repeat for hours.
What's the vision for the album as a whole?
The vision for this record is basically it's about my life. I've had one hell of a year-and-a-half behind me. It's about the good times and the bad times. My therapy to get through it all was making this record. Every song is pretty unique. It's about a different person or situation I've been in. There's anger, frustration, and happiness. It's the journey to where I am today which is feeling much better!
What inspires you outside of music?
I love to read. It's the funniest thing. I read teenager books like Twilight because I'm such a romantic. I'm going to see the new film tonight. I love watching TV shows. I'm obsessed with documentaries about artists and different types of people. Last week, I watched that Joaquin Phoenix documentary I'm Still Here, and my mind was blown. It's amazing being inside the lives of these people and what makes them tick. It's interesting for me.
What movies do you come back to?
Step Brothers [Laughs]. I like anything that is with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. I'm obsessed. Sometimes, I imagine that we're imaginary best friends. I take the Step Brothers DVD everywhere I go. I've seen it 100 times. I kid you not. I don't know what it is, but it's great.
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