After the release of latest single, Wide Awake, released back in July, I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a chat with Nick Howe. Nick has also released IT BELONGS TO HER this year, and his debut EP, The Struggle Is Real, was released back in 2016. This multi-talented singer-songwriter is definitely one to watch out for.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from and where did music start for you?
My name is Nick Howe, I am a Singer/Songwriter and I was brought up in a household of musicians, my Dad actually signed to EMI the same week as Kate Bush. He didn’t have massive success in music but has been a successful actor for many years. At the age of 15 I was really inspired to get into songwriting after a trauma and watching my dad write songs for many years.
Songwriting is and was one of the most therapeutic things I do.
If you were to sum up your style in three words, what would you say?
Tell us about your latest single Wide Awake. What does this song mean to you?
The song was inspired by a friend’s battle with addiction, subsequent realisation and path to recovery. The song is especially relatable during lockdown, as many of us have been forced to look inward without the usual distractions and temptations of life. I hope it might provide comfort for people going through the same struggles during these strange times.
Is this a hint at more new music on the way?
Yes! I cannot wait to share the next singles and EP coming out for the rest of the year. The new music video will be out very soon.
Did you have any help with the making and producing process? How did that go?
Yes, I love the process of collaboration, My producer Callum Rose was really inspiring to work with on this.
It was a pleasure to work with Billy Lockett on this too, he’s a great songwriter and has taught me a lot about the process of writing.
How do you look to find inspiration?
Jeff Buckley had a profound effect on me. Other inspirations include Bon Iver and Trent Reznor, I like that they focus on pushing boundaries. 90% of my songs are written about people in my life. I tend to be inspired by people and by situations. I find falling in love and falling out of love can be the best inspirations for the raw powerful songs. In my experience, being in a heightened emotional state tends to inspire the best songs.
Who made the lyric video?
Mertcan Mertbilek http://mertcanmertbilek.com/
Did you play many shows pre-lockdown? Any plans to go back on the road when we are allowed to gigs?
Yes! I was gigging like crazy in the past five years. I actually just moved to Prague as it was one of the only cities with Live music during Lockdown. We are setting up some big events here and in Germany. All will be announced soon. I am heading to Berlin next before I come back to London.
Where do you hope to be this time next year?
My main ambition is to headline festivals so playing more festivals and push boundaries with my music and touring. I love playing in unconventional locations and next year we will be announcing an unconventional tour in Museums, galleries, natural spots.
In addition to this we hope to break a record collaborating with the most dancers in lockdown in a music video.
Where can we find out more about you?
Anything you would like to tell us?
Please keep an eye out for the follow up music video out in 2 days Aug 6th. Also, the follow up single coming is out on 28th Aug.
Well, you heard it here folks. Go and check out Nick’s latest single, Wide Awake, as well as the rest of his discography, and I hope to be able to catch him at show one day!