The psychedelic and hypnotising singer releases his new album WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD
Back with an irresistible tune from his new album, is New York-based musician Nick Hakim. Blending misfortune and cursed hope, “BOUNCING” takes us through a psychedelic and hypnotising journey with Hakim’s soft and emotional voice capturing our hearts.
Having already received critical acclaim, Hakim has been praised for his experimental and thoughtful lyricism, making him one of the most exciting artists to watch right now. Releasing his stunning and beautiful new album WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD today, Hakim showcases mellow and romantic melodies, with layers of distorted vocals and experimental sounds.
We caught up with the singer talking quarantine, the new album and creativity.
Check out the interview below…
Hey Nick how are you doing?
I’m doing well, thank you how are you?
How has lockdown been for you? What’s your set-up? What’s keeping you comfortable right now?
I’m in my room most of the day with a few synths and guitars and a recording setup to record demos and to finish projects. I like to cook and make my coffee then watch the news or stream tv movies, listening to music – normal stuff that I do every day.
How has isolation influenced your creativity?
It comes in waves. just trying to do something every day regardless of how I feel. even if its a small thing.
What is “CRUMPY” about?
Many things, falling off my bike, going crazy in New York, being drunk at my friends show, wanting to fight someone, being in love and riding the train.
How did Mac get involved?
He’s a magic man and just showed up one day. Jake Portrait gave him an address !
What was the process of putting together WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD? What were the biggest challenges?
The process had many phases, it started with ideas that lived on my computer. Unintentionally I saw that I had this music I was sitting on and then it came time to crafting the songs and structuring them. I lost my notebook in London 2018 which was devastating, and I had to start lyrics from scratch again. I lost motivation and couldn’t write for a long time. Then I linked with Andrew Sarlo and he gave me the motivation as a friend and collaborator, and I finished lyrics in two months. I wasn’t just writing song lyrics, I was just pouring my thoughts out without hesitation which was liberating. It was tough but I needed to kick my own ass a little to get out of that funk I was in.
How do you feel like it’s a sonic move-on from Green Twins?
More clarity in my vocals on most songs. I used really nice ribbon mics and a beautiful Senhiser 441 that I found in Barcelona for 45 euros. On Green Twins I used an Electro-Voice 635a on basically every song for all my vocals. There is more live recording, all the way through takes and a more experimental, fearless Andrew Sarlo tracking us while we lay down basics.
What’s next for you? What are you excited about?
Working on new songs, cooking more and I’m gonna drive to texas soon.