Drawing inspiration from the visual over stimulation of the early 2000s, electronic artist, animator, and producer nicopop. is the answer to two decades of pop culture obsession; internet consumption, celebrity excess, superstar magnificence, reality television gluttony, social media dependency, curation addiction, and art disruption. He carves out a unique space in the electronic pop world, resurrecting a classic sound with an upbeat new twist, that we discussed in the interview we did with him. Enjoy!
How did all start for you?
I started when I was 11 years old, my parents bought me a music making program for an old ’95 Toshiba laptop, a casio keyboard and a cheap USB mic. I fell in love immediately. They would check in on me and my brothers every night to make sure we were sleeping only to find me up at 4am making beats for random rappers on youtube.
Do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I always like to have a part in the writing of my songs. It’s one of my favorite parts of being a musician.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
Melody is king, if they melody isn’t strong, am I really doing my job?
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Not at all! You can pretty much figure out everything about me from listening to my music. Lmao not really sure if that’s a good thing…
What inspired your latest song “Elephant”?
Elephant is about that moment when you really need to have a talk with your significant other, when there’s something clearly wrong and no one wants to address the situation at hand. If you ever been in a serious relationship, you know exactly what I’m talking about and IT IS NOT FUN. My favorite part of the song is the chorus because it’s just blatantly calling out the person that’s doing you wrong yet the track and production are so uplifting and light hearted. My music is all about bringing light to sometimes dark and uncomfortable subjects. Life’s too short for so much sorrow and I find it best to dance away all of my problems!
What was the best moment of your career? And the most difficult one?
The best moment of my career so far was touring with trance legend Gareth Emery. 32 cities was noooo joke! I had the time of my life dancing every night in random warehouses with hundred’s of amazing people. Don’t look like I’ll be back on the road for while, but it’s something I hope to do again one day. The most difficult moment of my career was dealing with the cumulative hangover following that tour that nearly killed me.
If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?
2007 its Britney bitch!
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
One More Time – Daft Punk (they will be playing this at my funeral while someone passes out margaritas)
What are your plans for 2018?
Make as much music as possible. I want to be releasing as many bops as I can. The party must never die!
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your sound: Robo-pop
- The best show you ever played: Montreal – New City Gas
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Eucalyptus towels would be nice
- The soundtrack of your childhood: “Anything” – Max Martin
- Your favorite song lyrically speaking but not written by you: “Time to Pretend” – MGMT
- Last question is “unusual”, we want to know your best relationship advice: stay single for as long as possible. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.