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NickoJOURNEY / The African Cowboy


Read the NickoJOURNEY / The African Cowboy Interview below and share it on social media.


Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


I'm a 22-year-old musical artist from Mozambique. I'm a scriptwriting major in San Francisco and have been producing, engineering and mixing for 3 years now. I'm a vocalist primarily, and through rap I make trap/hip-hop.
I have separated NickoJOURNEY from characters such as The African Cowboy and BabySeal because they all make different styles of music, have different voices and fulfill very contrasting narratives; NickoJOURNEY is Nicko (which is me, based of Nico Bellic fro GTA V and the fact that my birth name Yannick would, maybe, someday point toward it) on an Artist's Journey.

I am but an artist, self-destructing and being reborn as gracefully as nothing.


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


I am inspired by David Bowie, P.M. Dawn, Kanye West, The Beatles, De La Soul, and many more… Ian Curtis! Joy Division and The Smiths are some of my favorite bands; alongside The Clash. I listened to a lot of nu disco and tropical house when I was first experimenting (with?), which really gave my sentimentality a rising musicality.
I try let my influences seep into my music as visibly as possible, and hope that my eclectic musical palette will ingratiate you, the listener.

My influences have changed over the years because of rap peers like $orr¥ and K Dirrty, who invited me to the first recording sessions where I felt like a star. I've been able to push the boundaries of Trap because of them.
Trkz was instrumental in unlocking my interest in making more eclectic music; I owe the birth of my career as a "world music" career to him at this point lol.

When I'm making music with Lemmy or with any of my frequent collaborators (IronBr11, Kong.V12), there is a serenity not present in my releases: I'm way too grungy about my life right now, so I'm trynna straighten up, stop living in this undeserved artistic bliss and get my guap and my clout up, ya digg?


What´s new right now?


I have two New Wave (Yes, New Wave!) songs coming out on March 10th called #HEART and #REALIZE — Thruthfully they're re-releases, as I'm inaugurating my releases on major music platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

I've also released the RELOADED Rich Journey Project with my producer LemmyRich.
https://soundcloud.com/nickojourney/sets/rich-journey-1-5-reloaded-part

On April 20th, I'd love to make Heart chart, as I've licensed it and hope to get it on some curated playlists.

PS: RJ2 coming out on all platforms on April 20th XOXO!

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?



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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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https://soundcloud.com/nickojourney

https://twitter.com/YaNicko_J0URN3Y

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