Average to Savage
Average to Savage

Episode · 2 years ago

Nikki Whitehead | Average to Savage EP38

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This is the thirty-eighth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring lead singer of Nikki's Wives Nikki Whitehead. Paul Guarino talked with Nikki Whitehead discussing her life growing up in Canada, how she became a singer, and what's life like as a band member. Follow Nikki's Wives https://www.instagram.com/nikkiswives/ https://www.twitter.com/NikkisWives https://www.facebook.com/NikkisWives/ Powered by PG Sports Music https://www.pg-sports.com

This is the average Ti avage podcastwith Bal Garino everyone and anyone athletes selectsand much more. It's up everybody, I'm back for anotherepisode. The average savage podcast or special guests today is singer. Nickifrom Nicke's wive nicky how's t going GD. How are Youso happy to be here? I'mgood, so, let's just jump right into Coan. You give us a brief backgroundabout yourself before I asked you some follow questions yeah, so Nicki's wiveas been a band for three years now we're based out of Nashville, but weall were Buk born and raiced in Canada and I'm kind of doing music. Since Iwas like eight, I started singing and then I started making my own bands andI was like ten or eleven like these little rock cover band and yeah. Justever since then, I've been playing in bans and singing and Thas just kind ofin my whole life gon to no know you grew up in Toronto. So what's thedifference been like living in Toronto and then living in the US now, honestly,okay, so Nashville is so nice. The people there are incredibly friendly.So, there's not really that big of a...

...difference, because it's kind ofsimilar to how Canadians are- i, like the weather, a lot better in Nashville,because it's like snowing and then saying amount right now. So I like thatbut yeah for sure, I'm in Connecticut Right now, so it's cold up here calledthere. So how did you get into singing? I know you kind of touch, Oni bout.What's your passion for Singing Ya Music, my dad was a musician when shewas younger and he had to give it up because he had a young family. So I wasreally the only kid that took a liking to music and growing up. I never reallyfelt like. I was super good at anything and then I always liked to sing youknow like in the shower or whatever, and then my dad was like wo. You justtry doining a band or do something and like he wanted me to become a musicianso badly. So I was like okay, whatever and then I ended up loving and I joinedmy first band learned how to play like Cano Sor. Writing my own songs and Ijust totally fell in love with it. It...

...kind of helped me find who I was andlike where I fit in Gos. That's yeah, it's awesome, and could you describewhat your music is like? Yes, armys, like is kind of like alternative rock.I get compared to like paramore a lot and like no doubt, but we kind of dolike a mix like the three of us have very different writing styles andinfluences, and it's a really collaborate process. When we, when webite, we all contribute equally, and sometimes we have a kind of differentsound on certain songs. So we have a pretty broad style that we do. But youknow when we play live. We all come from rock background, so it's the rockshow so right now we actually just put a single on Friday called lemonade andthat's like a fun rock song. It has like a sick S, Guitar Solo in it, sodon o. what's the process like writing a song and then recording it, so wework Qwickh our producer as like a cowriter and a collaborator a so one ofus will come to the studio and be like...

...bout. I have this idea and it eitherlike I come on, piano, dyllan comes a guitar and it comes on piano and then,like we kind of just play this like little stem of an idea for each otherand Soninaly go forg like twenty different ideas and then we're like. Ohthat one like that's it and then we'll start working on that our producer,aliscer you'll start making the track in pro tools and, like start building asong from the ground up so kind of Co. At the end of the day like we alwayshave like a pretty dune sounding song like most of the tracking on stuff, asalready done, because we do it. While we write I'm curious, like how manysongs do you guys, like actually like write and record and then that don'tget released? Oh my God, we are so bad for that. So I think, as the whole we'ereleased, like seven songs in the three years that we've been together and wehave over fifty completely done and like masterd songs yeah. I feel likethat's like a lot of musicians and stuff like that. So I think itwould beinteresting. If I don't know, if...

...anyone's ever done it, but like justrelease like CD and just be like here's, our songs that we just don't weren'tthat good or we just never release yeah, I mean because you get so precious withthat and you're like Oh, I hase to be like a perfect song. I have to be allthese things and then you know six months. His pass Pi nd you're, likeDamn Likeyou, haven't put any music out in a long time. So that's kind of likekind of what you said is like our game plan for this year. So like we want torelease a song like, hopefully every like month or every couple months engoing back to like the process. How do you guys pick which one you're going torelease like how many yeses do you have to get kind of like run? I toourmanager? Obviously he like approves it, and then we have just like a littlecircle of people that were really close with and trust in industry and thenusually Wen. We can narrow down to like three songs and then they kind of helppick all right, this one's a single, but a lot of the times. You know justlike listen to all them. There's usually like one standout, where you'relike all right like this is the one we...

...want to take to radio right now. Yoacaknow, I know you guys are only three years in but as anything happened whereyou thought, like a song, wasn't like you didn'think, it was going to be ahit and it turned out so to be something bigger yeah actually. So thiswas a song we wrote and are like we're featured on, but we're not the mainartist. So we're working with this DJ group called loud luxury and Theyrebased OAD of California, but like they're also from Canada, and we werejust like messing around one day and we wrote this song called shony and noneof us were like super into it, we're like a whatever, but then their labelwho it was Tsjo's label the time us then in records. They ended up, lovingit and they put it out and it got like Hav, like twenty million spends onspotify or something and it like blew up loud luxury and like their lasttrack, just got like half a billion on spotify and stuff. So that was anexperience where we all kind of thought,...

...the song stucked and then it ended upblowing up so gosh thit's yeah. It's crazy! How things happen, yes, is thatthe song that Ron Germy was in the music video? Yes at is how didhow didthat. Welcome about. I don't know how came about. I mean you can get RonJeremy. Anybody can get Ron Jeremy for like twenty five hundred bucks a day,so I mean just lie there, but we wanted to do a video that was just like funnyand light. Hearted and Somehot had the idea to get Ron Jereny and he just like,showed up and was the funniest guy ever like. He was hilarious at the recordingfor the video he like, there's a piano there and he just sat down and startedplaying beautiful Chopin pieace, and it was just so weird because it's likehe's a portint star right. So you don't expect. I is a great piano player, butwas no it's Ren, so he was good at playing FN yeah. No, he was likefantastic. It was really weird. That's that's crazy! Now the song came outbefore the music video right yeah. So...

...did that music video like blow theSongup even more because Ron Germy wast like did any press catch on to him, belike why is run geurme and a Voodo totally it help to make the video golike a little bit more viral, because it was like a little gimmicky like Oh,my God, Chicke th Viteo over on Jeremys, then so yeah. It was great for the song.Goh O know now going back how d you guys get the name. NICKI's wives showthe name in we like. We always got asked out that it's kind of an insidejoke, nate it plays drums, actually came up with it, and everyone knows thehardest part about making a band is picking the name out like it sucks bostband names are terrible, so we were kind of just like throwing some aroundand we realized Rlik. We spend so much time together, like we spend an insaneamount of time, just the three of us that we may as well be buried. So theyrNicki's wife was born because we're basically very yeat Ur, and what's itlike going on tour and like seeing...

...different parts of the country, it'samazing. I mean getting to travel around it's great when you have timelike when you're ontour and you have like two days to get to a place andit's only a short drive and you can kind of stop and explore and Lixseethings that you've always wanted to see. We did rout sixty six and stopped allalong and like the old historic towns and we just gote to sand meet so manydifferent people on tour. I mean there's parts F it that stuck in arereally hard, but for the most part it's it's fun and where's one place that youwant to like perform out really bad and what's been your favorite one so far.wher do I want to play realy bad, I mean red rocks would be pretty Shick aslike a dream venue, but a place that we actually always have great show and isOlmaha Nebraska Okoy Olmaha knows how to turn up. They know how to bring it.They love music. In that town- and we always have such a good show so I'd saythe'r there or Buffalo New York, we always have a really good draw theretoo well MoD to kind of random places,...

...especially on e Bresyeah. I mean it's it there, a small, steadyJustalis, but that's where you just like meet the people that are actuallyfans ofmovic and, like everyone there also bys March Tas, which is prettysick for US ecause in big cities. People don't buy anything COS yeah.What's that like, when people recognize, we've only had it happen a couple times,but it's always really really weird Likeoh, my God, I saw you play theother day or your like. This person is only Rtbe Havin like five times aniwould fi whenever just like looked at you and but because they think you'resomebody and then you're like what are they looking at. I can't I've ever hadthat happen. Kno, I'm sure it will happen eventually. Yeah, hopefully sooncan't wait to be Reconi, Fucan, O people and what future projects- and I knowyou said you just dropp the singles. So, what's your goals of like two thousandnd nineteen, two so basically like the main things were actually filming tomusic videos this this weekend on...

Saturday and Sunday, so we're doing avideo for the song that just came out lemonade and we're going to be likepretty heavily promoting that we have a show in Toronto and in London Ontario, which is the city thatI was actually born in in April and then in Tay. We have a show inNashville and New York and in between them. You know just like keeping onwriting and recording we're. Actually, I'm in La Right now with everybody andto film these music videos, and we just had a show the other night and attendedlike a couple of the awarp shows that are here right now and yeah. So justfrigting and putting putty more content out. It's cool, yeah Itas, going to askit. You said you've lived in Nashville nows, you guys like perform theyre likejust whenever yeah we try not to play to much, because you can kind of likeoversaturate the market but yeah. Every time we played it's been incriible. Wehave such good friends there and they...

...all come out and it's Lak really good obe a community yeah for sure. Isn't it yeah? It's like the capital of the Tand was the inspiration for lemonade.Why is it called Linia Bat Minute Yeah? We called it Londona, because it's it'sclige is it sounds it's a song bout like one life gives you womon makelemonade. We don't save that explicitly UN the on, but like that's kind of theN, W specis of it and the song is about the first couple of times we came to Laand just how ridiculous it is here and how extreme people are. So it's kind ofjust about like how people her are super healthy and are just like they're,always contradicting in themselves like they say that they own the drink,aorganic and like juices and stuff, but then they're like doing drugs and likegetting black and drunk all the time. So this just kind of about that Oa.That's funny because yeah I keep on here, I haven't been to La yet, but Ikeep on hearing the same thing from people from like the east coast that goto the west coast. It ther's just like...

...it's whole tif world, O totally. I meanit's, it's awesome and I love being here, but there's definitely somemolents were where hat was this fro life ors this? I A movie Saf you readyfor some fun questions. Yes, anme with it. If you could eat one food for therest of your life, what would it be? I'M gonna have to say chicken n chicken and Rice ots like a meal Oltake it who some people are artists or bands that you would want tocollaborate with I'd love to work with James Brake or skymaos. I summny thatIm really into right now. I think itwould be cool like working withsomeone with a really interesting like male voice and doing like a toat orsomething it sounds cool. What's on your personal playlist, my personalplaylist, a lot of prints, I wasn't expecting that yeah, mostly Prince, andthen I've been mistening to the NAM James Blake Albam and always fornce themachine she's. Always when I also the...

...new bring me the horizon. I love thatalbum n that album sick, I didn't even know James Blake- was still megangMusic Ho. He just put a new record out. It's really cool ave, to check it outand when you're not making music or anything music. What do you? What doyou like to do in your free time? I really like. I don't have time to do itvery often, but I used to kick bu a lot. So whenever I have like some spare time,I try and find like a box EU did more over. I am and do a little session doWatero. Do I watch boxing? No, I actually, I always meant to startwatching it because, like I love the sport, but I don't know why I thinkit's Wate, I don't have cable and I'm too lazy to stream. So I mean I'll watch the pig fight n yeah.I'm not like I'm not bik a fan, as u should, I be sure for sure. Oh, Iappreciate you coming on and work at the people find you on social media inyour music yeah, so they can find us at Nicki's, wives and I KKKAI and oninstat twitter ase, all that stuff and...

...our new single lemonade is up on likeevery stearing platform. Right now you have oto appreciate the time and goodluck in the future. Thank you. So much for Havping on that was fun.

In-Stream Audio Search

NEW

Search across all episodes within this podcast

Episodes (156)