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Nikki Whitehead | Average to Savage EP38

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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 to savage podcast with Paul Greno, everyone in anyone, athletes, Seb's and much more. What's up, everybody, I'm back for another episode the average savage podcast. Or special guests today is singer Nikki from Nicky's wife's Nicky. How's it going good? How are you so happy to be here? I'm good, so let's just jump right into we could you give us a brief background about yourself before I ask you some follow up questions? Yeah, so Nicki's wise has been a band for three years now. We're based out of Nashville, but we all were like born and raised in Canada and I'm kind of doing music since I was like eight, I started singing and then I started making my own bands and I was like up ten or eleven, like these little rock cover bands, and yeah, just ever since then I've been playing in bands and singing and those just kind of been my whole life. Gotcha now. I knew you grew up in Toronto. So what's the difference been like living in Toronto and then living in the US now? Honestly, okay, so Nashville is so nice that people there are...

...incredibly friendly, so there's not really that big of a difference, because it's kind of similar to how Canadians are. Like the weather a lot better in Nashville because it's like snowing and then saying amount right now, so I like that. But yeah, yeah, for sure. I'm in Connecticut Right now, so it's called up here cold there. So how did you get into singing? I know you kind of touched on about what's your passion for singing your music? My Dad was a musician when he was younger and he had to give it up because he had a young family. So I was really the only kid that took a liking to music and growing up I never really felt like I was super good at anything, and then I always like to sing, you know, like in the shower or whatever, and then my dad was like buying you, just try joining a band or do something, and like he wanted me to become a musician so badly. So I was like okay, whatever, and then I ended up loving it. I joined my first band, learned how to play like pianos or writing my own songs and I just totally fell in love with it. It kind of helped me...

...find who I was and like where I fit and got it. That's yeah, it's awesome. And could you describe what your music is like? Yes, our music is kind of like alternative rock. I gets compared to like paramore a lot and like no doubt that we kind of do like a mix. Like the three of us have very different writing styles and influences and it's a really collaborative process when we when we write, we all contribute equally and sometimes we have a kind of different sound on certain songs. So we have a pretty broad style that we do. But you know, when we play live, we all come from rock background, so it's the rock show. So right now we actually just post single out on Friday called lemonade, and that's like a fun rock song. It has like a s guitar solo in it. So got it. And what's the US is like writing a song and then recording it. So we work with our producer as like a co writer and a collaborator, and so one of us will come to the studio...

...and be like well, I have this idea and it's either like I come on piano, Dylan comes like Autar and it comes on piano, and then like we kind of just play this like a little stem of an idea for each other, and so highly go through like twenty different ideas and then we're like all that one, like that's it, and then we'll start working on that. Our producer, Al Stir you'll start making the track in pro tools and like start building song from the ground up. So it's kind of cool at the end of the day, like we always have like a pretty done sounding song, like most of the tracking of stuff is already done because we do it while we write. I'm curious, like how many songs do you guys like actually like write and record and then that don't get released? Oh my God, we are so bad for that. So I think of the whole we released like seven songs and the three years that we've been together and we have over fifty completely done and like mastered songs. Yeah, I feel like that's like a lot of musicians and stuff like that. So I think...

...we'd be interesting if, I don't know if anyone's ever done it, but like just release like a CD and just be like, Oh, here's our songs that we just thought weren't that good or we just never released. Yeah, I mean because it you get so precious with that and you're like, Oh, I have to be like the perfect song, it have to be all these things, things, and then you know, six months has passed by and you're like damn, like you haven't put any music out in a long time. So that's kind of like kind of what you said is like our game plan for this year. So if we want to release a song like hopefully every like month or every couple months. Yeah, and going back to like the process, how do you guys pick which one you're going to release? Like how many yeses do you have to get kind of like run its or manager, obviously you like approves it, and then we have just like a little circle of people that we're really close with and trust in industry, and then usually we can narrow it down to like three songs and then they kind of help pick. All right, this one's a single. But a lot of the times, you know, just like listening to all them, there's usually one standout where you're like all right, like this is the...

...one we want to take to radio right now. gotually. Now, I know you guys are only three years in, but has anything happened where you thought like a song wasn't like you didn't think it was going to be a hit and it turned out to would be something bigger. Yeah, actually, so this was a song we wrote and are like we're featured on but we're not the main artist. So we're working with this DJ group called loud luxury and they're based out of California but like they're also from Canada, and we are just like messing around one day and we wrote this song called show me and none of us were like super into it. We're like a whatever, but then their label, who it was tes shows label all the time, Spinn in records. They ended up loving it and they put it out and it got like has like twenty million spins on spotify or something, and it like blew up loud luxury and like their last track just got like half a billion on spotify and stuff. So that was an experience where we all kind...

...of thought the song stucked and then it ended up blowing up stuff. Gosh, that's it's crazy how things happen. Yeah, is that the song that Ron Jeremy was in the music video? Yes, it is. How did how did that all come about? I don't know how it came about. I mean you can get Ron Jeremy Anybody can get Ron Jeremy for like two five hundred bucks a day. So I mean just like there. But we wanted to do a video that was just like funny and lighthearted and somewhere had the idea to get Ron Jeremy and he just like showed up and was the funniest guy ever, like he was hilarious. At the recording for the video, he liked, there's a piano there and he just sat down and started playing beautiful shopound piece and it was just so weird because it's like he's a porn star it. So you don't expect there was a great piano player, but it was. Well, that's right. So he was good at playing piano. Yeah, I know, he was. Look fantastic. It was really weird. That's it's crazy. Now the song came out before the music...

...video, right, yes, so did that music video like blow the song up even more, because Ron Jeremy was like, did any press catch onto him be like why is Ron Jeremy in a video? Totally. It helped to make the video go like a little bit more viral because it was like a little gimmicky, like, Oh my God, you can video Ron Jeremy's it. So, yeah, it was great for the song. Yeah, to know. Now, going back, how'd you guys get the name Nikki's wife? So the name fin we like we always get asked out that it's kind of an inside joke. Nate, it plays drums, actually came up with it and everyone knows the hardest part about making a band is picking the name out. Like it sucks. Most band names are terrible. So we're kind of just like throwing some around and we realized we spend so much time together, like we spend an insane amount of time just the three of us, that we may as well be married. Yeah, so they're Nicky's wives. Was Born because we're basically married. Yeah, goshure. And what's it like going on tour and like seeing different parts of the country? It's amazing.

I mean getting to travel around. It's great when you have time, like when you're on tour and you have like two days to get to a place and it's only a short drive and you can kind of stop and explore and exceed things that you've always wanted to see. We did root sixty six and stopped all along and like the old historic towns and we just got to stay and meet so many different people on tour. I mean there's parts that that stuck and are really hard, but for the most part it's it's fun. And where's one place that you want to like perform a really bad and what's what's been your favorite one so far? Where do I want to play really bad? I mean red rocks would be pretty sick as like a dream venue, but a place that we actually always have great show and is Almaha, Nebraska. Okay, Olmha 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 say either there or Buffalo, New York. We always have a really good draw there too. Wow, the two kind...

...of random places, especially AMBRAS. Yeah, I mean it's those if they're not small cities. Yeah, but that's where you just like meet the people that are actually fans of good sick. Yeah, and like everyone they're also buys merch two swhich is pretty sick for us because the big cities people don't buy anything. Got It. Yeah, what's that like when people recognize you? We've only ever had it happen a couple times, but it's always really, really weird, like Oh my God, I saw you play the other day, or you're like this person is only man having like five times and whenever just like looked at you and but because they think you're somebody, and then you're like what are they looking at? I can't think I've ever had that happen. Yeah, I'm sure will happen eventually. Yeah, hopefully, Sam can't wait to be recognized by our random people. Yeah, and what future projects? And I know you said you just dropped the singles. So what's your goals of like two thousand and nineteen two? So basically, like the main things were actualally filming two music videos this this weekend on Saturday and...

Sunday. So we're doing a video for the song that just came out, lemonade, and then we're going to be like pretty heavily promoting that. We have a show in Toronto and in London, Ontario, which is the city that I was actually born in, in April and then then may we have a show in Nashville and New York and and between then, you know, just like keeping on writing and recording. We're actually I'm in La right now with everybody and to film these music videos and we just had a show the other night and attended like a couple of the award shows that are here right now. And Yeah, so just writing and putting putting more content out. It's cool. Yeah, I was going to ask that. You said you've lived in Nashville now. So if you guys like perform there, like just whenever? Yeah, we try not to play too much because you can kind of like oversaturate, yeah, the market, but every time we played it's been incredible. We have such good friends there and they all come out and...

...it's look really good. Mute community. Yeah, for sure, isn't it? It's like the capital of the music city. Yeah, that's it in the what was the inspiration for lemonade? Why is it called lemonade? Lemon yeah, we called it lemonade because it's as Cliche as it sounds. It's a song about like one life gives you leman make lemonade. We don't say that explicitly in the song, but like that's kind of a know pieces of it. And the song is about the first couple of times we came to La and just how ridiculous it is here and how extreme people are so it's kind of just about like how people here super healthy and or just like they're always contradicting themselves, like they say that they only drink organic and like juices and stuff with them they're like doing drugs and like getting black out drunk all the time. So, yeah, it's just kind of about that. God. Well, that's funny because, yeah, I keep on here. I haven't been to La yet, but I keep on hearing the same thing from people from like the east coast that go to the west coast. If they're...

...just like it's whole different world. Oh, totally. I mean it's it's awesome and I love being here, but they're definitely some moneths where we're over and how is this real life or is this the movie? Staff be ready for some fun questions. Yes, hit me with it. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? I'M gonna have to sit chicken, plain chicken and rice. It's like, I'm deal, all right, I'll take it. WHO Some people are? Artists, are bands that you would want to collaborate with? I'd love to work with James Blake or the sky, Moses son that I really into right now. I think it'd be cool, like working with someone with a really interesting, like male voice and doing like a do add or something. Yeah, it sounds cool. What's on your personal playlist? My personal play list a lot of prints. I wasn't expecting that. Yeah, mostly Prince, and then I've been listening to the new James Blake album and always Florence machine.

She's always one at also the new bring me the horizon. I love that album. The album sick. I even know James Blake was still making music on it. You just put a new record out. It's really cool. I'll have to check it out. And when you're not making music or anything music, what do you what do you like to do in your free time? I really like I don't have time to do it very often, but I used to kick a lot all right. So whenever I have like some spare time, I try and find of go boxing ton more of WHO I am. Do a little session. You Watch back? Do I watch boxing? I actually, I always meant to start watching it because, like, I love the sport, but I don't know why. I think it's I don't have cable and I'm too lady to stream. I mean don't watch the big fight. Yeah, I'm not like a I'm not fick of a fan of that. Should it be? For sure? For sure. Oh, I appreciate you coming on and work at the people find you on social media in your music. Yes, so they can find us at Nikki's wives and I KKI and on install, twitter, facebook, all that stuff,...

...and our new single, lemonade, is up on like every streaming platform right now. Yeah, so I appreciate the time and good luck in the future. Thank you so much for having me on. That was fun.

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