A Few Minutes with… Nico Santone

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With his latest single, “Deep,” released on June 27th, Nico Santone has written a great pop-rock song. Though there were definite pop music elements present, such as the pristine vocal melody and subsequently tight vocal harmonies, what this listener greatly appreciated was the guitar work throughout the tune. The song featured rich guitar tones and excellent production. With well-performed solos and interlude sections, the supporting instrumentation of the bass and drums only helped to further lift the song. As the song faded out with a chorus, and additional guitar work, Nico continued to catch my attention as a sort of digital decaying effect and skipping sound was added briefly in the outro. I was happy to get a chance to sit down with Nico after listening to “Deep.” Continue reading to see our discussion on music, future plans, creative inspirations, and more. You can catch Nico’s music on any popular music streaming service, such as Spotify and Apple Music.

Lucas Garrett: So, Nico, thanks for taking the time to sit down and connect. I heard your new song; love it, man. Why don’t you tell us a bit about it?

Nico Santone: I wrote that song in 2019 after I made my first single, which was “Falling.” “Deep” is a very personal song for me, because it’s kind of about the way that I think and the way that I feel about mot things in life. So, I feel very personally connected to this single.

LG: Is it going to be a part of an album?

NS: It is. So, there is an album; I’m planning to in 2023, mostly because of time. I can only get the studio that I work in for so long and I have about a 10 or 11 song album. Just getting in there is basically my biggest barrier right now. But, that’s when I’m expecting the album to come out. It may come out earlier or later.

LG: I’m hearing a lot of different things going in the music, but why don’t you tell us about some of your inspirations?

NS: I’m a very avid John Mayer fan. He is one of my biggest influences in songwriting and guitar. Another influence that I have is Eric Clapton; I love Jimi Hendrix. The reason I got into guitar was Eddie Van Halen, actually. I listened to a lot of old classic rock stuff, but I really resonated with early 2000’s pop-rock. I think most of my guitar playing and my songwriting kind of comes from that area. My guitar playing is mostly blues-oriented.

LG: It’s a really good song, man.

NS: Thank you so much.

LG: As the world is opening up, what are you planning to do with music? Everything is coming back as fast as it went away. We weren’t doing anything for a year or more, and now everything is there overnight, so, how are you handling that?

NS: I think I’m handling that pretty well. You know, music and songwriting for me has always kind of been an outlet; for lots of things in my life. So, that’s how I deal with the anxieties and stresses that come to me. I use [that] to inspire me, more than anything, and try to turn that into a good thing.

LG: How long have you been writing music?

NS: I started seriously writing music when I was about 17. I’m 20 now; I’m about to be 21 this year. At first, it started out with the lovey-dovey; it’s always about a love song, first. Most of the songs I’ve written have been oriented in that structure, but I’m starting to see myself, as I get older, talk more about life. More about things that people can relate on, at a level. I already have the songs for this [upcoming] album, but I’m still plugging away and writing new stuff.

LG: Well, I can’t wait to hear more from you. Is there anything else you’d like to address that you want to talk about?

NS: I do have another single that I released before “Deep.” It’s called “Falling” and it’s on my profile.

LG: Thanks again for taking the time, and keep up the great work!

NS: Thank you so much!

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