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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 podcastwith 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 goinggood? How are you so happy to be here? I'm good, solet's just jump right into we could you give us a brief background about yourselfbefore I ask you some follow up questions? Yeah, so Nicki's wise has beena band for three years now. We're based out of Nashville, butwe all were like born and raised in Canada and I'm kind of doing musicsince I was like eight, I started singing and then I started making myown bands and I was like up ten or eleven, like these little rockcover bands, and yeah, just ever since then I've been playing in bandsand 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 livingin Toronto and then living in the US now? Honestly, okay, soNashville is so nice that people there are...

...incredibly friendly, so there's not reallythat 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 thensaying 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 oftouched on about what's your passion for singing your music? My Dad was amusician when he was younger and he had to give it up because he hada young family. So I was really the only kid that took a likingto music and growing up I never really felt like I was super good atanything, and then I always like to sing, you know, like inthe shower or whatever, and then my dad was like buying you, justtry joining a band or do something, and like he wanted me to becomea musician so badly. So I was like okay, whatever, and thenI ended up loving it. I joined my first band, learned how toplay like pianos or writing my own songs and I just totally fell in lovewith it. It kind of helped me...

...find who I was and like whereI fit and got it. That's yeah, it's awesome. And could you describewhat your music is like? Yes, our music is kind of like alternativerock. I gets compared to like paramore a lot and like no doubtthat we kind of do like a mix. Like the three of us have verydifferent writing styles and influences and it's a really collaborative process when we whenwe write, 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 you know, when we play live, we all come from rockbackground, so it's the rock show. So right now we actually just postsingle 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. Andwhat's the US is like writing a song and then recording it. So wework with our producer as like a co writer and a collaborator, and soone of us will come to the studio...

...and be like well, I havethis idea and it's either like I come on piano, Dylan comes like Autarand it comes on piano, and then like we kind of just play thislike a little stem of an idea for each other, and so highly gothrough like twenty different ideas and then we're like all that one, like that'sit, and then we'll start working on that. Our producer, Al Stiryou'll start making the track in pro tools and like start building song from theground 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 thetracking of stuff is already done because we do it while we write. I'mcurious, like how many songs do you guys like actually like write and recordand then that don't get released? Oh my God, we are so badfor that. So I think of the whole we released like seven songs andthe three years that we've been together and we have over fifty completely done andlike mastered songs. Yeah, I feel like that's like a lot of musiciansand stuff like that. So I think...

...we'd be interesting if, I don'tknow if anyone's ever done it, but like just release like a CD andjust be like, Oh, here's our songs that we just thought weren't thatgood or we just never released. Yeah, I mean because it you get soprecious with that and you're like, Oh, I have to be likethe perfect song, it have to be all these things, things, andthen you know, six months has passed by and you're like damn, likeyou haven't put any music out in a long time. So that's kind oflike 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 everycouple months. Yeah, and going back to like the process, how doyou guys pick which one you're going to release? Like how many yeses doyou have to get kind of like run its or manager, obviously you likeapproves it, and then we have just like a little circle of people thatwe're really close with and trust in industry, and then usually we can narrow itdown to like three songs and then they kind of help pick. Allright, this one's a single. But a lot of the times, youknow, just like listening to all them, there's usually one standout where you're likeall right, like this is the...

...one we want to take to radioright now. gotually. Now, I know you guys are only three yearsin, but has anything happened where you thought like a song wasn't like youdidn't think it was going to be a hit and it turned out to wouldbe something bigger. Yeah, actually, so this was a song we wroteand are like we're featured on but we're not the main artist. So we'reworking with this DJ group called loud luxury and they're based out of California butlike they're also from Canada, and we are just like messing around one dayand we wrote this song called show me and none of us were like superinto it. We're like a whatever, but then their label, who itwas tes shows label all the time, Spinn in records. They ended uploving it and they put it out and it got like has like twenty millionspins on spotify or something, and it like blew up loud luxury and liketheir last track just got like half a billion on spotify and stuff. Sothat was an experience where we all kind...

...of thought the song stucked and thenit 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 JeremyAnybody can get Ron Jeremy for like two five hundred bucks a day. SoI mean just like there. But we wanted to do a video that wasjust like funny and lighthearted and somewhere had the idea to get Ron Jeremy andhe just like showed up and was the funniest guy ever, like he washilarious. At the recording for the video, he liked, there's a piano thereand he just sat down and started playing beautiful shopound piece and it wasjust so weird because it's like he's a porn star it. So you don'texpect there was a great piano player, but it was. Well, that'sright. 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, sodid that music video like blow the song up even more, because Ron Jeremywas like, did any press catch onto him be like why is Ron Jeremyin a video? Totally. It helped to make the video go like alittle bit more viral because it was like a little gimmicky, like, Ohmy God, you can video Ron Jeremy's it. So, yeah, itwas great for the song. Yeah, to know. Now, going back, how'd you guys get the name Nikki's wife? So the name fin welike 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 hardestpart 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 aroundand we realized we spend so much time together, like we spend an insaneamount 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 seeingdifferent 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 youhave like two days to get to a place and it's only a short driveand you can kind of stop and explore and exceed things that you've always wantedto see. We did root sixty six and stopped all along and like theold historic towns and we just got to stay and meet so many different peopleon 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 wantto like perform a really bad and what's what's been your favorite one sofar? Where do I want to play really bad? I mean red rockswould be pretty sick as like a dream venue, but a place that weactually always have great show and is Almaha, Nebraska. Okay, Olmha knows howto turn up, they know how to bring it, they love musicin that town and we always have such a good show. So I'd sayeither there or Buffalo, New York. We always have a really good drawthere too. Wow, the two kind...

...of random places, especially AMBRAS.Yeah, I mean it's those if they're not small cities. Yeah, butthat'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 sickfor 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 acouple times, but it's always really, really weird, like Oh my God, I saw you play the other day, or you're like this personis only man having like five times and whenever just like looked at you andbut because they think you're somebody, and then you're like what are they lookingat? I can't think I've ever had that happen. Yeah, I'm surewill happen eventually. Yeah, hopefully, Sam can't wait to be recognized byour random people. Yeah, and what future projects? And I know yousaid you just dropped the singles. So what's your goals of like two thousandand nineteen two? So basically, like the main things were actualally filming twomusic videos this this weekend on Saturday and...

Sunday. So we're doing a videofor the song that just came out, lemonade, and then we're going tobe like pretty heavily promoting that. We have a show in Toronto and inLondon, 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 Yorkand 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 musicvideos and we just had a show the other night and attended like a coupleof the award shows that are here right now. And Yeah, so justwriting and putting putting more content out. It's cool. Yeah, I wasgoing to ask that. You said you've lived in Nashville now. So ifyou guys like perform there, like just whenever? Yeah, we try notto play too much because you can kind of like oversaturate, yeah, themarket, but every time we played it's been incredible. We have such goodfriends 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 musiccity. Yeah, that's it in the what was the inspiration for lemonade? Why is it called lemonade? Lemon yeah, we called it lemonade becauseit's as Cliche as it sounds. It's a song about like one life givesyou leman make lemonade. We don't say that explicitly in the song, butlike that's kind of a know pieces of it. And the song is aboutthe first couple of times we came to La and just how ridiculous it ishere and how extreme people are so it's kind of just about like how peoplehere super healthy and or just like they're always contradicting themselves, like they saythat they only drink organic and like juices and stuff with them they're like doingdrugs 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, butI keep on hearing the same thing from people from like the east coast thatgo 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 oris this the movie? Staff be ready for some fun questions. Yes,hit me with it. If you could eat one food for the rest ofyour 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'lltake it. WHO Some people are? Artists, are bands that you wouldwant 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 doinglike a do add or something. Yeah, it sounds cool. What's on yourpersonal playlist? My personal play list a lot of prints. I wasn'texpecting that. Yeah, mostly Prince, and then I've been listening to thenew James Blake album and always Florence machine.

She's always one at also the newbring me the horizon. I love that album. The album sick.I even know James Blake was still making music on it. You just puta 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 whatdo you like to do in your free time? I really like I don'thave time to do it very often, but I used to kick a lotall right. So whenever I have like some spare time, I try andfind of go boxing ton more of WHO I am. Do a little session. You Watch back? Do I watch boxing? I actually, I alwaysmeant to start watching it because, like, I love the sport, but Idon't know why. I think it's I don't have cable and I'm toolady to stream. I mean don't watch the big fight. Yeah, I'mnot 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 workat 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 appreciatethe time and good luck in the future. Thank you so much for having meon. That was fun.

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