RISING STARS: One To Look Out For in 2020 – Nykki

Pop riser Nykki releases a piano-led version of her single “Lost My Mind”

Emerging pop artist Nykki shows the sheer depth of her artistry with the stripped-down, piano-led version of her recent EDM-laced pop single “Lost My Mind”. Co-written and produced by Tim Deal (better known for Tom Walker’s “My Way”), Nykki strips the production back to its bare, beautiful essence, with her unmistakable honeyed vocals taking centre stage without losing the killer hook.

No wonder “Lost My Mind” was originally written as a ballad; “there is a special place in my heart for emotional ballads and even though we decided to turn the production on and make the track into a propulsive pop number, I knew I had to share the way I wrote the song”. “Lost My Mind” showed a moodier, simmering departure compared to her shimmering electro-pop debut single “No Cry”, which catapulted the Czech-born artist into the international pop world, which has clocked up nearly one million YouTube plays to date since premiering on the world’s most influential music media brand last July. Whilst the single’s remix by Leon Lour peaked in the UK Commercial Pop Top 30 Club Charts at No.13.

The single’s pain of heartbreak, perfectly depicted in the pop dream visuals recently premiered by Wonderland Magazine, and created by model, director and producer Petr Havránek, is intensified in the visuals for the stripped-down version, which gives us a glimpse into the recording process of the original ballad, showing Nykki while recording her vocals. With a new single in the pipeline for Spring 2020, Nykki is set to make an impact on the international music scene and take her rightful place as one of the most exciting emerging pop artists of the year.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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