Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikky T.
Nikky, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
At the age of three, I was put into my first dance class, and ever since then, my love for the stage has become my passion, my home, my motivation and dream. I started off as a young dancer performing in talent shows, auditions, and recitals, however, my passion quickly crossed over into the music world of singing. I grew up with a family that loved music so performing and entertaining was my whole life; wherever there was a stage, was where people would find me at. I ended up going to high school for dance at “Coronado School of the Arts” where I continued to pursue my passion for dance.
Since I had such a great background in dance, I never introduced myself as a singer, however, my passion and love for singing was always greater than my passion for dance. I was always too afraid to introduce myself as a singer because I had never even taken one singing lesson in my life; I believed people would think of me as an inexperienced and untalented singer. At the age of seventeen, I finally pushed myself to go to the studio and decided to finally put my put my faith and confidence into my music, That moment was really a defining moment for me.
I did a cover of Ella Mai’s song “She Don’t” and it was the first time I was really hearing myself. I remember telling myself. “wow this is actually better than I thought.” After this experience at the studio, I got addicted to bettering my vocals, my writing and my music. At the age of seventeen, I released my first EP called “Phases” which about a really tough heartbreak I had gone through. This project really jumps, started my entire music career, and many doors started opening for me.
I continued to pursue my singing career as I continued my education at “San Diego State University” for a bachelor’s degree in marketing. It was very difficult to balance my priorities at the time because I was at school full time, working part-time, doing my dance internship at “Culture Shock Dance Center,” as well as performing and creating my own music. I would even babysit on the side to put away extra money for my studio sessions. It was nonstop, but I was willing to do whatever it takes to make my dream become a reality. I was given many amazing performance opportunities at places like Queen Bees, December Nights, GoHam Radio Women’s showcase, The Lafayette Summer Pool Party, and headlining at Oceanside Brewing Company as well as Quartyard’s R&B Block party.
These experiences only inspired me more to create great music and be a performer full time. With that being said, the next step into my journey and my career were moving to Los Angeles to continue my studies at “The Los Angeles Film School” for music production and entertainment business. I have been living in Los Angeles for a little over six months now and It has given me the chance to increase my drive, creation, dedication, opportunity and following. I have also been working and collaborating with some very well known and talented engineers, producers, and artists for my upcoming releases. I have an EP called “Only In A Dream” coming out February 23rd, as well as an EP release party at Quartyard San Diego on February 22nd. I am beyond blessed at how far I have come and I am incredibly excited to see where my journey will take me next.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This journey into the music industry has been such an exciting experience, I have gained so much knowledge into the business side of the industry as well as the creative side. I have had so many great highlights of my career, but It has not always been a glamorous journey. One thing I struggled with the hardest in the industry is being taken advantage of, not only just as an artist but as a young woman. I will be honest, as a woman in the industry, it is ten times harder to be taken seriously. I have had many people use my talent to their advantage, whether it was taking my vocals without my permission, using my platform to gain a following for themselves, taking my money or not paying me, or just taking advantage of my contacts/connections.
When I first started out people saw that I was young and I didn’t know my way around in the industry, so they kept taking advantage of my time and time again. I learned to gain a strong backbone so that I wouldn’t let people affect me, and I also began to realize that my biggest believer and motivator would be myself. If I could give any advice to young women starting out in the industry, it would have to be to build a team-based on trust and support. Support is essential in this industry and if you do not have great people surrounding you every day, it will get very difficult. When times get rough, these people will be there to remind you of the end goal, to keep pushing and to never give up. If you keep continuously working hard and creating strong relationships based on trust, you will go very far.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
My name is Nikky T and I am known as a singer, songwriter, and dancer and I have been building my brand for three years now. I started off by just singing cover songs at local open mics, shows, or talent shows in San Diego. Once I started to release my own original songs, that’s when people started to recognize me as Nikky T. I began to network at local events in San Diego, where I connected with people who set up shows for local artists in San Diego. Each show led to a new connection or opportunity and I really started to get recognized for the consistent work I was putting in. I was in disbelief when people would walk up to me asking for a picture, some guidance, or just to get to know me.
With these shows, I met so many amazing people, especially in the media realm. I started promoting/marketing myself through radio and podcasts; some great media companies I have been closely working with include: “The Spotlight Show, GoHam Radio, Live From The Underground, SayNoMas Podcast, The Mayne Event Show, and The Activated Podcast.” San Diego has a great music scene that provides many great outlets for artists to be seen and heard. On the topic of media, I have also really taken my music videos to a whole new realm. I have many new music videos coming out that I have spent many hours with my videographers to perfect the visuals, concept, and storyline. I have been working very closely with my videographer Gary Ruff and Klutch to really bring in new audiences to my music.
The first music video I’m releasing off my EP is called “I’m Single Remix” ft Franki3 Bbay, which is set to release February 14. I think my proudest moment in my career was headlining at “The Quartyard R&B Block Party” because I performed for about 400 people, which was my biggest crowd yet for singing. The feeling of performing and interacting with the such a crowd was unimaginable. What I believe sets me apart from the rest would have to be my work ethic. I am always striving to achieve the impossible. I am a perfectionist when it comes to my craft, so I take my career very seriously. I never like to stay comfortable. I like to exceed my boundaries, push my limits, think outside of the box and create with new people, places and ideas.
Which women have inspired you in your life?
My inspiration pulls from these powerful women: Adele, Alicia Keys, Kehlani, Ella Mai, Dianna Ross, Aaliyah and so on. There are so many incredible women in the industry that it is hard to even include them all, but these singers have really taken me to so many emotional places either through listening to their music or singing their music.
Whenever I am feeling down or emotional these are the artists I listen to in my library, I really enjoy these talented artists because they all have such soul in their voice. They are able to make me feel how they are feeling, whether it be just the lyrics or the tone in their voice. R&B music is my favorite genre to listen to, as well as pop, so these women are always the go-to people I listen to.
- Website: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NzKWvsjCocOlzNhBxFTL2
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @nikkyt
Klara Nazzal – Pink Outfit and Denim Outfit
Ty Smith – Only in A Dream EP Cover Photo and Pink Purple coat photo
Janeiro Perry – all black outfit
Tai Disla – Black and White photo
Chrissy Seggerman – Smiling looking down photo in black and blue top