RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW NEW YORK ARTIST NICHOLAS DANTE
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Since I was very young, I was always obsessed with music and pop culture. I swear after hearing Britney Spears or Destiny’s Child for the first time, I just knew I wanted to be just like them.
Introduce yourself and your musical history.
Hi, I’m Nicholas Dante, a pop singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. I just released my latest single Filthy. It’s my third one overall which is also pretty cool.
Name me your 3 favorite Albums.
Velvet Rope by Janet Jackson, In the Zone by Britney Spears, and currently, Renaissance by Beyonce.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
The song that made me want to become the singer I am today would be either Britney Spears’ Oops I Did It Again or Try Again by Aaliyah.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing? I feel like since I’m just starting out, I’m doing good. I’m trying to do the best I can to get the best reaction or interaction possible.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
I strive to make my music and (soon-to-be) performances safe spaces for everyone. But I really do believe that there should be better security at the venues.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
I try to be active on my social media as much as possible, especially on Twitter since I have the biggest interactions there – I’d love to focus on Tiktok more as the industry is moving faster towards it.
My Tip: As of right now I just want them to know to believe in themselves and don’t get discouraged by the stupid algorithms!
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I was on the Wendy Williams Show as an audience member (Love her) / This is true. I have been to Paris, France before / This is not true, but I’d love to go some time. I met Hilary Duff once at an album signing / This is very true!
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
I think Spotify should pay artists more.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
Not right now, but I shall let you know when I do.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
No, I did not – me and my family were hit hard during the pandemic, it was not the best for us.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Haven’t been on a real stage yet, but being late on a cue that I rehearsed many times.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I really love to dance. It’s a very expressive art.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
I’m very unapologetic and tend to never blend in with the crowd. Outsider for life,
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
“Filthy” is a pop banger!! It’s like if Britney’s Blackout and Christina Aguliera’s Dirrty had a baby – it would be this song!
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
When I originally worked on this song with the other songwriter Timms – I really wanted a very empowering and sexy kind of song. And I love how it turned out.
What was the recording process like?
Usually, when I record, I do the comping and layering myself – just to make sure everything sounds the way I want it to sound. Then it goes to an additional producer to really bring out the best parts of the track.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Comping and layering to the right position.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No, to me it’s a perfect pop track!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I have a couple of more tricks up my sleeve and my next single is coming very very soon!