Pop Up Interview with Nikisha Reyes

Pop Up Interview with Nikisha Reyes

Nikisha Reyes
Photo by Joseph Young Location- Maracas Falls, Trinidad Tobago

Here is A Pop Up Interview with Nikisha Reyes for those of you who want to know a little more about Nikisha 🙂 Enjoy- Any Questions feel free to fill out the contact form on the website and we will be more than happy to get in touch.

 

CK:

Who are your biggest influences?

Nikisha Reyes:

Beyonce, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, Shakira, Mary J Blige, Tracey Chapman, Bob Marley, Machel Montano, Rihanna and many many many more.


CK:

Do you use Twitter? What do you think of it? Don’t forget to share your handle here too!

Nikisha Reyes:

Tweet @OfficialNikisha. I don’t use twitter that much. I think theres so many social platforms, and they all sort of link with each other. I mainly use facebook and instagram, which is synced to my twitter.


CK:

What is the most important thing about your music and why is it important to you?

Nikisha Reyes:

I think the most important thing about my music, is the way it makes people feel. I think people listen to music because its like a doorway to tap into our emotions and sometimes, what we really feel is very hard to communicate. Whether its a happy song, sad song, or inspirational song, I think its important that the emotional needs of the listener is fulfilled.


CK:

When did you first start singing, what made you choose music?

Nikisha Reyes:

Ive been singing in church since the age of 5. I loved it. I started writing at 11. My strength is definitely as a singer. I chose music because its the only thing i do that makes me 100% happy. Not only does it make me happy, but I feel quite at peace, when my performance is able to touch, and inspire others. Its the one thing that assures me that my gift as a singer/songwriter is primarily meant to be shared mainly to heal and inspire people, the secondary purpose is the entertainment side of things.


CK:

What is your favourite local venue?

Nikisha Reyes:

Ive not toured enough venues yet to have a favourite local one. Lol. But as a member of the Association of British Calypsonians, I have had the privilege of performing numerous times at The Tabernacle W11, and I think, I am quite fond of that venue now. Although, I would love to do a more commercial set there, as Ive only ever done soca and calypso in that venue.


CK:

Tell us about your worst gig and why it was so bad.

Nikisha Reyes:

The Worst Gig I ever had, I think was years ago in 2007, where I was performing to compete at the Project Talent UK London heats. It was my worst performance because I had developed vocal chord Nodules at the time and I believe my performance didn’t reflect my true vocal ability. The texture of my voice was very raspy and coarse, and I felt like I was shouting and barking when trying to reach high notes. After looking back at the video I was quite ashamed, and dissatisfied with the delivery of one of my beautifully written emotional compositions. I think where i may have lost marks for performance, I gained marks for originality, and thankfully, i still made it to the finals.


CK:

Are there any established artists with whom you would like to collaborate?

Nikisha Reyes:

I am quite fond of John Legend!!!! I would LOVE to do a duet with Him! I would also LOVE to work with Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keyes, Beyonce, Florence and the Machine, And Rihanna.


CK:

Describe your most important gig and what made it so important.

Nikisha Reyes:

My most Important GiG ever… I think….. was performing for a very eager client based in Manchester. This client had seen me sing a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Change is Gunna Come” and was very determined to have me sing this song at a very important private function which he was hosting. I think it was the first time I ever felt such pressure to deliver to a client who had placed such a high value on my vocal ability when I was still in such developmental stages of my career. He requested that the performance be done Accapella- the way it was done on Youtube- which although may have sounded simple enough- It was the most nervous I had ever been as it was the highest I had ever earned to sing just one song – 2:30 mins long – without music…. and after it all- it wasn’t the money, but the satisfaction of the client and his guests, who commented that I had exceeded their expectations, which was the most rewarding at the end of it all.





CK:

How does music affect your lives and what do you hope other people will take out of what you do?

Nikisha Reyes:

Music is literally my life. I eat breathe and sleep music. If i’m not writing, Im rehearsing, or performing, or recording, or even working the normal day job so i can continue to fund my career as an artist. Alot of people don’t really see, or perhaps aren’t really interested, in the work artists put in to create and promote our music, until we become successful from it. Either way, success to everyone is different, and at the moment, I think, from what I do, I want people to see that dreams don’t turn into reality unless you work very hard and smart. All the hustling and grinding Im doing, is a choice I’ve made, based on how much I believe in my ability to deliver, and I am responsible for my own success and failures. My confidence grows when I continue to generate new supporters who continue to inspire and motivate me on my journey. It is indeed a very long road to success, and support from positive minded people is essential to completing the journey.


CK:

If your band could open for a headlining act, who would it be and why?

Nikisha Reyes:

I would LOVE the Opportunity to Open for Beyonce. I think because she is such a huge inspiration to me as an artist, and Opening for her would be such an honour. When it comes to live music and versatility in her ability to perform and entertain, in my opinion, she always delivers 110%, and its that level of consistency, and energy, I do hope to achieve as I continue to grow as an Artist.

 


CK:

What advice would you give to aspiring artists who are finding it hard to stay motivated?

Nikisha Reyes:

As an Aspiring artist myself who deals with the mental and physical struggles almost on a daily basis, I think, I would encourage other artists to surround themselves with positive and optimistic people. I believe sometimes the hustle can be too much to bear and can turn the most positive person to a negative wreck… In that moment, thats where you need your family/friends and positive minded individuals to help recharge your positivity, and remind you of why you began the journey in the first place… People who believe in your ability, and want to see you achieve your goals. And if you don’t have people like that around you… then you need to make some new friends real quick- and in the mean time whilst your looking to make new friends, read books that helps you learn how to stay positive, and maintain a healthy mental state in times of dire stress.

 

Thanks so much for reading… Remember Nikisha’s Festival Banger “Closer ft General Levy” which is guaranteed to get your body moving wherever you are, is Now available to purchase on Itunes. Support Nikisha and recommend her music to your friends and Family….  .

 

 

 

 

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Posted on: September 27, 2015admin