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Episode 63 · 4 months ago

Nicky Youre

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Every year there is a Song of the Summer, and this year’s has to be 'Sunroof' from Nicky Youre. Growing up in California has left an indelible imprint on his music, but there is more to this O.C. native than a song that went viral on TikTok.

In this episode, Nicky spouts off on more than what he's famous for, telling all about his years in business school, revealing his aspirations of becoming a pilot, why water polo is his go-to sport, and the deal behind his unique last name (that we still struggle to pronounce). 

His vibe is laid back and his music is the sonic representation of west coast relaxation. But Nikki your's musical journey hasn't been equally as smooth. In fact, he actually took a few years off to figure things out and only recently returned with his vibrant so cal sound that quite literally has people around the world singing Latta DOTA. My name is Eric Zachary and this is the spot podcast where famous people spot off about more than what they're famous for. Today that's Nikki you are got my head out. You're making shot in my eyes. Nikki your how are you? I'm so good. It's a beautiful day to day. and Are you in the O C right now or I am. Yeah, so I live here in and take an hour and some change to...

...l a. So I just had like a very full circle moment when I found out I was interviewing you last week and I realized I have one of your older songs in my library. I got sent to me in twenty nineteen. Yeah, it needs you from was it lay like? Yeah, that's a real yeah, yeah, man. It was sent to me by a couple buddies of music like you. Used to cut this out, and that's why when I first heard some refond like I swart of God. I've heard this guy's voice before, not just like sucks and lemonade. And then, obviously never go wrong with my personal favorite. But do you can sing? Where did he go? Here you are. I took a took a little break figuring out some things, some life things, some school stuff, and that buddy started making some other stuff and he was really my only producer. So do I go into this lane that I don't really want to go in, or do I stay and we're still good friend, everything's good there.

But yeah, and then I found some new friends that like like making pop. Well, let's talk about that for a second, right, because I'm I mean people have heard about this song about a window in the ceiling of a car, like it's doing okay, but with all of that Budhs Sim and you've got a very unique yet familiar sound. It's a song that I think a lot of people of multiple different generations can kind of get behind. I was showing my mom I was home visiting in some roof is on. I'm like, Oh, I'm interviewing him next week, and she's like he reminds me of a modern day version of like a beach boys sound and I don't even think about that, but I'm like there's yeah, there's some California surf pop in there. It's just a modernized version. So I heard that you you were very into vintage, vintage t shirts, venchas cars. VNCHER's looks obvious from the music videos. Let's take it back for a second. You won't remember this, but there used to be something called record stores, which is way before spotify was the thing, and you can go in and just like, you know, kind of like a store or spotify playlist. Now, they would lump artists together. That sounds similar. That people might be into in European and what other artists would be near Nikki Yoor Um in...

...today's era? Or anyone, anyone out there? The first year that come to mind would be like Ti. There it is. I was Gonnah and surfaces, you know, I do think surfaces are a little more beachy than me. Okay, I don't want Sunday. Yeah, I think we have very similar vibes and then and then I also think like a Quinn Ninety two nons. You guys kind of all got this really easy to listen to, but it's not throw away, it's not bubble gum. It it has meaning, it's it's cool stuff, man. It's cool to see not just the catchy stuff. It's catchy, but also it's a little deeper than that to do. Well, no, definitely, I mean that's definitely like when I'm making songs, I'm like I come up with melodies pretty easily and then I have these now very a professional, amazing talented writers that can help me like...

...create the story and make it a little more well rounded and like turn it into like something a little more memorable. So it's been it's been really cool lately. What was your first writer's room like? You know, because you're someone that started like with your buddy in the bedroom and you're producing from that avenue. So when you do get to work with these people that you know have been doing this for a while, what was that experience like for you? Well, the first one was very nerve wracking, for sure. No pressure whatsoever. You know some like I've worked. I worked with the guy that I love. His name is Jesse Saint John. He's one of my favorite writers and he wrote the Truth Hurts Song by Lizzo. I think I've heard of that once. You're that one before, and I go into those and it's like, dude, like I had to come up with someone so good today, you know, and like I think that's a really bad way to go about it, like I stressed myself out when I do that stuff and now I'm in those rooms I'm just like, you know, whatever comes out of my mouth comes out of my mouth. Might Suck, but like most people like recognize and respect that's like, you're not gonna have a crazy...

...process. You're not supposed to just enter with the finished product, like with all the lyrics and day. That's I'm trying to say you. We Seth you know, you gave me through because you, Nikki your was born and raised in southern California and, even though his music is his passion and current career, he studied international business in college, but that hasn't stopped him from finding new ways to make use of his degree. Um, you, you mentioned you took a little break for school and stuff that. Am I getting this right? Because it's from the Internet, so you never know. Did you major in international business? I did. Yes, have you drawn from that at all? I'm not saying this in a facetious way like, oh, that's the same thing as me. I mean you know, you're obviously have a huge hand and how your music is distributed, whether that starts with Tiktok or starts with a proper single released radio runs. So is your your business mind, coming into play with that? I would say so. I...

...honestly don't think I learned too much about international business at school. I think the like important thing was it taught me. It did teach me how to think. I'm doing like professional level things where I'm meeting and talking to CEOS of places and things like that. It's like I feel much better prepared. So I think that's that's helped me, and I have like a really good management team and lawyer that also so important to explain things to me too. So, even though he's pretty certain on his likes and dislikes when it comes to songwriting, Nikki isn't afraid to try new things. Collaborations are usually a must in this industry, and the beauty of music is there's no singular, one right way to go about things. When you're walking into these rooms and you're in this arena. Now that you know, I would imagine that you've wanted this for so long, or an aspect of this for song, or you just want to know that there's validation to what you've been creating. So now that you are getting to play these shows and to meet these people and you're getting the social media following, how stubborn are you with like no, this is this is where my head's at for this song. This is my pick versus. How how willing are you to let other people take the wheel?...

I'd like to think I'm very collaborative. I definitely like know what I like and know what I don't like, but like I've never once been like no, we can't try you know. So, like I'm very open with with the people I work with. Um, I'm also working with like people that I usually like hand pick. You know from my own stuff that I've seen that they do. I can trust them to an extent. That's like it's going to be good. I'm also like new to this. So it's like I think music is like such a thing, like you can be good at it, but it's like you never like a right, like there's so many different ways to do things. When I ever be like no, we can't do that. You know well, art subjective. I saw that you just played red hot and boom in Orlando and it actually covered that. They were gone for two years. I covered it in twenty nineteen, which is like the wildest experience because it's a floating stage right. You have this massive audience but they're like forty ft away from you at closest. How was that show? How did they go? Man, how did it feel to be back out in front of a crowd? It was it was super sick. I mean it I think there was like ten people like right in front of...

...me. It's pretty crazy. Luckily, I can't like, I mean, I guess not luckily, but I couldn't see anyone because there's a big, like flashing light right in front of you. So I just saw some dark figures, like bomb in their heads and stuff like that, which is like I think they're into it if they're not in my own world right now. It was exactly I couldn't hear them Ei there. So like I can only hear them like after in between each song, I can tell if they're singing along or not, and I was like, Oh, I just hope, hope, they're having a good time, and they are, which, for anyone doesn't know, red hotton boom happens in Lando. It's like one of the most unique setups that any festival could have for a musician. It's literally a floating stage and then there's a catwalk that floats to like this giant park where people are standing and if it's hot or if it's raining, it's not a fun sisue. I want to touch on water polo really fast because I...

...heard this and one of the interviews you're doing that you that was like your thing before music, if you got introduced into it. I know very little to nothing about water polo, so describe it to me besides like, Oh, it's an award, it's in the pool. Yeah, I mean not. You're not alone. Not many people do know about it. Um, it's very small in the in the states, but it's kind of like basketball in the water. Is kind of what I said you. You have you have six people on each team, goalie you have, you have a goalie, so it's kind of like soccer in that regards, and back and forth with each other the whole time trying to choose a ball into it. How did you get into that? Um, well, my brother was playing. I was like, I want to be just like my older brother because he's cool. So I tried that and stuck with it for twelve played for twelve years. So yeah, it was a large part of my life. That's like how I learned to be a human. You know, it was during those years. So do you ever go back and play, like to do a pickup game or meet up with friends, or is that? Um,...

...it's definitely saying I haven't done it often. I haven't done it much since I quit. I'm asking you these questions like you're not busy at all. You haven't had a time going on. So I apologize for that. Just very interested before, before all this, because I quit in one I think. I guess I didn't play much pick up at that point, but I did like a little bit last year and I forgot like how difficult that sport is. I like could not play for more than, you know, a minute at a time. I was so tired. So really good workout. So, like many artists, Nikki or embraces a stage name, but unlike most, he was actually born with it, kind of your your original name. I want to make this I want to charge meeting this right, it's pronounced. You're right. Yeah, and you changed it to your but you were born with a stage name. How many times have you been told that? Or people go like wait, that's your last name. Are you sure? Kind of thing? Yeah, no, I mean, I don't know. I think a lot of people are more just like how do you pronounce it? Okay, so my last name is Zachary. Everyone in the world's...

...like it's made up. What's your real last name? Like, what is it? Yeah, that's the whole thing. NICKI's passion goes far beyond music and water polo. He actually has a little UN desire to one day become a pilot, although I'm not sure how you can call yourself. I want to be pilot. If you haven't seen any of the top gun films and so you love vintage, you love the idea of maybe potentially in the pilot's license, obviously top gun comes into play in this conversation. Did you see it? Oh my God, all right, I'm taking personal offense to that. I know you're like a busy guy and you've got like whatever going on, but like, dude, have you seen the original? I haven't seen the originally there. Oh my God, your music videos and how like. You know, they're very artistic but vintage and a lot of eighties and nineties vibes in them too. I heard. I heard it was amazing, so I it's on my list to go do. All right, we'll leave with this. Since you're an O C guy, you're a calleige guy, you gotta be into Sushi. Right, I'm into Sushi. What's what's your your best Sushi spot? Like, what's the spot you hit no matter what? Um, so, there's place in my hometown called Zen, Zen Sushi.

Shout out Zen. They love me over there. I go there, like I've been much, but I was going like two, three times a week. That's a lot. Now I go like maybe once every like two weeks. But Um, yeah, sugarfish guy, or is it you stick to the hometown spot? I haven't been to sugar fish yet. You're just killing me with everything I'm recommending. It's amazing, it is, and I'm really into Sushi, so I will try it out with my team. It's just like, listen, man, I'm here to just help you do the fun stuff that you're you're too busy and like forgetting to do right now. So that's that's my job making sure that you're still having a good time with it. But I'm I'm you know, I'm partially joking. You are doing incredible things. I get to talk to quite a few musicians, but it's cool to see how grounded you are, how excited and passionate you are, despite, you know, the success and how much of a whirlwind this can be. So I'm really excited to see what you do next. Man, I...

...really that's very sweet. NEW EP is in a couple of months. REMIXES, maybe this month, probably next month. Yeah, I heard you're doing a remixes to the collap but we obviously can't talk about that yet. But like scale of one time when you found out who this person was, that you were working with this person, how excited were you? Um, I was. I was pretty pretty up there. Definitely like a nine, like wow, it's just sick, like he's the king at specifically remixes. Obviously it's unstuffs amazing too, but thank you so much for chatting with me and hope to chat with you sometimes soon. Man, it's unclear how much free time Nikki is going to get for the foreseeable future. Though. His current single, sunroof, has almost one hundred and fifty million streams on spotify alone, and he's currently hovering around the fifteen million monthly listener marked, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Nikki's music might make you want to lay back and relax, but something tells me he's going to be doing quite the opposite. To See more of our conversation with Nikki, your search spout podcast...

...on I G or twitter or it's SPOUT PODCAST DOT com. Next week back for a third time Lizzo spouts off. I've faced a lot of backlash and and let negative energies directed towards me, when it's like I've only made feel good music and disco music and music that makes people dance and smile and feel good. And for some of my reason, I feel like, you know, I'm a huge target for for hate and you know, with the resurgence of house music and and artists like beyonce Andre really popularizing it right now, it feels really good to be included in the conversation Um when it's talking about ushering a new energy into music and making people feel good again. The spout podcast is presented by Alpha media, produced by Mark Long and created by Phil Becker. Spout three.

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