Interview with Nicki Wells
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I’ve always just done music, particularly writing songs and singing, which I started as a young kid, around 6 years old so it’s something that has always felt natural to me. If I wasn’t a musician I would still be doing creative like acting or photography, I do pottery which is my merch brand: www.turyapots.com
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
As I mentioned above, I do pottery and I find that very therapeutic and another way to express my creativity.
How long have you been making music?
Professionally since I was 16.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I am originally from London and what I love about London is the diverse melting pot of culture. In the pandemic I moved to the River Wye in Wales and being more in the nature has certainly influenced my music making by giving me more head space to write.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
A few of my favourite shows have been at the Royal Albert Hall, I sang a solo and the house lights came on after the song to find a standing ovation - that was wild. Other shows I’ve loved have been at the Union Chapel which is so intimate.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Some of the favourite venues I’ve played are Union Chapel, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, St Pancras Old Church, Camden’s KOKO
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Joni Mitchel, Bon Iver, Big Thief, Jeff Buckley (if he were alive)
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Work hard, don’t take anything or anyone for granted, nothing in life comes for free
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
You’re Alright Kid is the first single of my upcoming record. It’s a song to my 6 year old child self about reassurance, sometimes I need a sonic hug like that. My song Ocean meant a lot to me when I wrote it at 19, it summed up everything I felt about life at the time.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
My new favourite songs on my set right now are Art and Moth - which are yet to be recorded!
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
I feel compelled to write. Inspiration comes like a train you got to get on for the ride (writing the song) and leave when it’s time to get off (let the song have its own life after writing it).
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
A lot of my songs seem to be about seeking to express your genuine self, songs of reassurance, of surrender, letting go and songs of self transformation.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
My debut album as Nicki Wells comes out in Spring 2023
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