With a string of radio support for his previous singles, as well as coveted live shows at Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a #1 slot on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart, emerging frontman Nick Howe has now returned to deliver his latest sweeping single It Belongs To Her.
Following in the footsteps of other lofty and heartfelt artists such as Bon Iver, his latest offering channels a rich and emotionally driven aesthetic through the guise of subtle and humbled acoustic guitar playing. With his bold and soaring voice leading the way, his newest release showcases him as a fresh and enticing frontman with plenty of heart and soul to boot.
So with him back on our radar, we decided to get up close and personal with Nick Howe to find out more about his earliest influences and what led him to this point in his career.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
I fell in love with the creative process and songwriting before any instrument. It’s like self-therapy and it’s beautiful to be able to vent your feelings through music. Then share that emotion with the world.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
Artist wise Jeff Buckley had a profound effect on me. Other inspirations include Bon Iver and Trent Reznor, I like that they focus on pushing boundaries.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
Anything from Eminem, Linkin Park to Rage Against The Machine. I have also been a fan of Jack White for years, his approach to live and overall business innovation is interesting to me.
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
Weirdly Eminem Stan, was an important song when I was growing up. But I can’t remember a specific song that instigated my creativity.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
Right now Matt Corby’s Resolution is a great wake up song. My guilty pleasure when I was growing up was waking up to the Limp Bizkit’s – Significant Other… it begins get up, get up!
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life
90% of my songs are written about people in my life. I tend to be inspired by people, by situations. I find falling in love and falling out of love can be the best inspirations for the raw powerful songs.
In my experience, being in a heightened emotional state tends to inspire the best songs.
What has been the most memorable moment in your career so far?
I love performing in unconventional locations around the world, some of my most memorable experiences was performing at the peak of Valluga Mountain 2000 feet in -15 weather and the Natural History Museum in London.
In addition to this I think the creative process can either be super inspiring or challenging. Nothing beats being in the moment of a songwriting session and being completely inspired by what you’re working on, moving forward. I remember being in the writing room with Bryan Reynolds and Scott Krippayne, two great writers from the states. I was really enjoying being free to go as experimental as I liked with the tracks. Billy Lockett has also been inspirational to work with.
Outside of music, what is your biggest passion?
Interviewing people, self development and marketing.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
And what advice would you give to those looking to start a career in music?
At the start – As an artist, perform whenever and wherever you can, study buskers and how they engage an audience. Do lots of songwriting, experiment a-lot with production till you find the sounds you like. Enjoy the journey!
Also, remember you are an entrepreneur creative so work on those skills and remember it’s all about the fans. Give, give, give to your audience so they are with you on the journey! Read Amanda Palmer ‘Art Of Asking’ and Gary Vee ‘Jab, Jab, Jab, right hook’.
If you want to make some money quickly, probably do cover gigs. I would say don’t enter music unless you have a serious passion for it. It’s a tough old business, but also an exciting one too.
Stream Nick Howe’s latest single It Belongs To Her HERE!