RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW SEATTLE ARTISTS NICKY BUELL AND ANNA THOMPSON
What made you both decide to start your music careers?
I’ve been singing my entire life! I finally pursued it professionally when I was 16, and was offered a recording contract. Though it didn’t work out, it taught me so much about how the industry works. I used the experience to my advantage, and applied everything I learned to my own independent career.
Can you walk us through your musical history?
It’s been an ever-evolving process for sure. I began in musical theatre when I was 5. In middle school, I started singing in a rock band, which I continued to do until I was 16, and was offered my first record deal. Then, I finally transitioned to pop music. Each one was a learning process. Now, I’m working on refining my pop sound into something a bit more mature.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
I’d describe it as exciting, upbeat, and simple.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Unsure. Still trying to figure that out.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
“Am I the Drama” is my second collaboration with my best friend Nicky Buell! It’s so much fun. I love singing it with him. I hope everybody loves listening to it.
Talk me through the thought process of the single “Am I The Drama”?
The collaboration happened totally by accident! Nicky came up with the concept for the record, and co-wrote the bulk of it with our friend, Dom De Paz. I heard the demo, and loved it so much, I asked to be a part of it. When it was just Nicky, it was a song of personal introspection. But once there were two of us singing, it became somewhat of a story of rivalry. It was super cool being able to emphasize and alter the story a bit.
What was the recording process like?
We recorded the song in Nicky’s living room with our friend Nic Casey, who produced the record. During the session, I finished writing parts of my verse on the couch while Nicky cut the vocals for the chorus. Upon listening to Nic’s production evolve on the record more and more, Nicky and I cut the adlibs in the final hook by ourselves on his laptop in his living room. It was super fun.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
The most fun I’ve had on stage, honestly, is singing Am I the Drama with Nicky. I put so much pressure on myself. But when we’re singing together, it’s like we’re just having fun in his living room. I can relax more.
What was the worst experience you’ve had on stage?
One time before a performance, I got really really sick. It was nearly impossible to sing well in the condition I was in. I sounded terrible and it was very embarrassing.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
My favorite song to play live right now is my song “Coffee!” It’s one of my more downtempo tracks so it’s a nice break from several high energy tracks in succession.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
If you’ve taken the time to listen to our music, thank you!