A testament to an artist’s work is the effect it has on the people. The type of work that even when it’s done people still rave over it. That’s what Nickolas Joy has done since his live performance on the Global World Concert Series. A performance that even weeks after the set, it’s still referenced as the standard for greatness. He’s fresh off his release “Sunset Drippin'” and was gracious enough to take time to answer some questions for us. Below is the interview.
Who is Nickolas Joy the artist?
A songwriter/producer… A Storyteller. I’m a lot of things but that’s a good place to start.
Who are some of the influences and how do you incorporate that into the music?
I listen to everything from blues, to folk, to jazz, to R&B… As far as hip hop goes my favorite music always came out of the South. Guys like Pimp-C, Bun-B, Luda, Gucci, Wayne. I don’t consciously try to sound like anyone but me, so I’d say my music is mainly a result of what I’m naturally attracted to.
What was the creative process for your new song “Sunset Drippin'”?
It always starts with the music and Sunset Drippin’ was no different… This time the guitar sample was the foundation and I just wanted to create an immersive vibe. Something that really had a character and feeling of its own.
How does it feel now that people get to hear the official audio for “Sunset Drippin'” after performing it live?
I think it’s great. I place a ton of importance on my beats and production.. My lyrics wouldn’t have the same impact without the music driving the energy that I’m trying to create.
What is the biggest thing you want people to take away from your music?
Versatility and Quality… I’m inspired by so many great genres and I want my music to reflect that. Also having quality music with replay value is extremely important to me. If I have to sacrifice quantity then so be it; I’d rather take my time with my craft than continuously pump mediocre records.
What’s next for Nickolas Joy?
I’m going to release my debut project, Poetry Ascending, during the month of May.. I’m excited to release it and just see what happens.
Check out Nickolas Joy “Sunset Drippin’” below and follow him on Instagram. Stay Global my Friends!