Nick Weaver Interview @thenickweaver

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Check out our exclusive interview with Nick Weaver.

I2G: All right. We’re here with Nick Weaver. How’s it going, man?

Nick Weaver:
It’s going well. How are you doing today, bud?

I2G:
Good. Good. Let’s get right into it. You just recently dropped a … You’ve been dropping quite a few things over the last couple of months. One that has really gotten a lot of good feedback is the new single Sound Bite.

Nick Weaver:
Yup.

I2G:
Tell me a little bit about the single and how it came together for you.

Nick Weaver:
Yeah, so Sound Bite, it was the first, well I guess it was technically the second single coming off of the EP. I just started working on the beat, and originally it had a more chill, relaxed idea for it, and then as I started building that beat out and making it with a lot more energy, I felt the urge to have something to really say on that record. I think that’s what drove the big political messages and the big societal analysis of that song.

I2G:
You got your EP Photographs of Other People, maybe for somebody who’s new to your music, what are listeners in store for when they check out the project?

Nick Weaver:
I think with Photographs of Other People, what I really love about the record is that is has a lot of accessibility for many types of fans. If you’re a real hiphop, lyricism fan, there’s tons of that. There’s a lot of spitfire, dense lyricism you might find on a Kendrick Lamar type record. But also there’s just a lot of different production and experimental elements.

I listen to a lot of different types of music, and I really worked this time to try and incorporate elements of that. If you’re a fan of somebody like Jamie xx or James Blake, someone who’s got a little more electronic vibe, I think you’re going to hear some of that in this record as well. I think overall what you have is a really interesting sound and for me, I started singing on this record, and that was new for me, and I’m super excited about doing that.

You’re just going to hear a big wide range of sounds, but it’s still cohesive, and it’s got a lot of powerful, beautiful moments stuck in the five tracks.

I2G:
Ok, do you have any visuals, any videos that will drop from the EP as well?

Nick Weaver:
We’re considering some visuals. I think I might just roll with singles. We’re exploring, especially maybe for the music videos. I mean no guarantees. We’re always chewing on concepts of things that could be good for the fans, you know.

I2G:
Will this precede, or are you working on a followup LP or another EP? What’s up next for you after the EP?

Nick Weaver:
Always working on new material. Nothing on the horizon in terms of another project. But definitely planning on releasing a steady stream of new music moving forward. We worked really hard to get even just where we’re at, and I want to be able to continue that and keep that momentum going and I’ve got lots of fans that have been commenting and messaging me and telling me how much they’ve been messing with the new EP. I just want to keep it rolling either way, you know.

I2G:
Okay. Absolutely. Absolutely. All right. We’re now eight months into 2017. Just what’s your thoughts right now on faded hiphop and just for me, as a fan, this year alone, a lot of music coming out of Portland and Seattle, especially from the northwest, a lot of great music this year that’s been dropping. What’s your thoughts on the hiphop scene right now and maybe some favorite albums or what are you currently listening to right now that you’re vibing off of?

Nick Weaver:
Definitely. I’m with you on a lot of good stuff coming out of the northwest in general. I think in the big picture of hip hop, it’s a really awesome, exciting year. You have a lot of what people would call pop rap or whatever, that’s obviously at the top of the industry, but there’s a lot of good stuff in there. In addition, some of the leading, it goes without saying people like J Cole, Kendrick Lamar are still absolutely killing it, at the absolute top of their game. There’s a ton of great art in those stars.

But when it comes to the local scene and the northwest scene, I love, especially in Seattle. I love seeing the wide range of artists out there. Some records I have been messing with quite a bit lately, I really love the Porter Ray Watercolors album. That came out a couple months ago. Actually, I just went yesterday to New Track City’s record release party. They just put something out yesterday called Lose Sight of the Shore, and I just listened, literally yesterday, but sounded great. The production on there is awesome. Lots of good mixes of both old school lyricism mixed with new approaches to be somewhat not. I was pretty excited to listen to that.

And one EP that I’ve been listening to that’s less hiphop, but around Seattle that I’ve been really vibing off of that I think fans of hiphop would like it either way because of the production is called St. Claire. It was produced by Jake Crocker who’s a local Seattle producer. He co-produced it with the artist on the album, the singer. Jake’s done a lot of stuff and Sam Lachow and tons of Seattle artists. I really liked listening to that EP and the production on that is really really excellent.

I2G:
All right, do you have any upcoming shows or tour dates coming up for you in that area or anywhere else that you want to let people know about?

Nick Weaver:
You know, we are working hard to, I put an announcement out about a month ago that we are working hard to make a Germany tour happen, actually. I have a huge German fan base that is crazy supportive that gives me unreal amounts of love on everything that I put out. I’m always trying to go back to Germany and reconnect with the fans and whatnot. We are working hard to book shows, and as soon as I got dates, I’m going to let everybody know, and I can’t wait to make that happen. I’m hoping that happens sometime near the end of 2017.

I2G:
What’s your website information so that people looking to check out your music and see what you got going on?

Nick Weaver:
Definitely. You can find all of my information and my music at thenickweaver.com. If you go on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, whatever your case may be, you can just search Nick Weaver, or you can also go to nickweaver.bandcamp.com and all my catalog is there as well.

I2G:
All right that’s all the questions I have for you. Appreciate you being down for an interview. Any last words or shoutouts you want to get out to the people?

Nick Weaver:
Yeah, I mean honestly shoutout to people like you who are giving artists the opportunity to have this stuff. It’s really great in 2017 to just be able to have content for people of any kind. I’m just going to give you a shoutout right now, man, because artists like us really appreciate having these opportunities.

I2G:
Absolutely. All right, appreciate your time, appreciate the interview, man.

Nick Weaver:
Yeah, of course, man.

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