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Nikki Pope

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Nikki Pope is a pop star ready to roar. Her songs are catchy, and she serves them up with a voice ready for the radio. Fans of Amy Winehouse and Adelle will dig This British-Born New Yorker.  

Who are your biggest musical influences at the moment?

Fleetwood Mac - My dad got me on that train from a young age and most recently I've been really influenced by them and I'm learning a lot about their process as musicians. They made such incredibly great and monumental music.

What's most amazing is that we were allowed a front seat pass to share their journey through the good and the bad - the pain of Rumours and writing that album to me is most interesting. It showed just how professional they were that even though their personal lives were crumbling, they found ways of expressing it through music, making what I believe to be their best work. It's a valuable lesson to learn as an artist that you can find light in the darkest of places. 

 More modern times would move me in the direction of current artists like Dua Lipa and her powerful stance in the current climate of our industry. She is a female powerhouse who is making strong statements and I think this is the year of Dua Lipa.

What is your songwriting process like?

Fast. I'm quite impatient so teaming up with my amazing music producer, Austin Bello has been fantastic for me. Not only have I learnt a lot from him in regards to building songs from scratch but he gives me the confidence to speak my thoughts and helps me to put them in the context of the song itself.

I tend to write a lot about past experiences and me as a person so we build from the subject upwards. All three EP's (the third coming this Summer) were done in three weeks, one per week over the course of about 6 months probably. I would travel from New York to Virginia and we would spend the first day building the track and writing the lyrics. The second day would be about recording it and adding in the backing vocals before moving onto the next track on the third day and so on.

I think having done such a fast process right at the beginning it has really set me up well because when we are granted more time in a studio, we would only benefit more. If we can accomplish the music we have in the short time we have done it in then more time would only mean even better results. I've still got bucketloads to learn but I couldn't be happier and I'm so thankful for the experiences I have had so far in making my own music. I can't wait to get back in the studio to do more!

Where do you see your music career in three years?

I hope to get my music in front of bigger audiences in the coming years, exposing it to more people so that more can relate and spread the love! I'm trying to take my time in releasing music so that it's all done properly with enough of a build up to give it the best possible chance! Stay tuned!  

Raye Zaragoza

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Raye Zaragoza writes songs that rattle the social and political climate. Her lyrics are to the point and her message is clear: Zaragoza is a "voice of change." We asked her 3 questions. Here are her answers: 

Who inspires you as a writer?

Everyone around me, the ground beneath my feet, the wind, the trees, and cities. I like to write about the most wonderful and darkest parts of life. I try to always open my heart and my eyes to everyone and everything I see - because you never know who or what is going to inspire you.

What is your songwriting process like?

I am always writing songs. I will sing ideas into my phone, or write ideas on paper all the time. Sometimes, I will think of a line that will stick with me and then I will write a song from that line.

One of the first songs I wrote was a song called “In This City” because I couldn’t get this line out of my head - “In this city, I feel pretty.” It stuck with me, almost haunted me, until it became a song. But I think most of my songs are an outcome of an overwhelming emotion that just needs to be expressed. I will pick up my guitar, and just start jamming with chords and sing whatever comes into my head until a song is formed.

What messages do you wish to spread through music?

Ultimately, I want my music to heal. I want people to listen to my music and know that they are not alone. Music got me through my darkest times, and I hope that my music can do that for others.

I write a lot of songs about fighting for our rights as human beings, and I am always outspoken about my social & political beliefs. In these times we’re in, I think it is an artist’s duty to be vocal and stand up for what they believe in.

I am grateful that my song “In The River” was able to spread awareness during the Standing Rock Movement, and I hope to continue to write songs that can be the voice of change. 

Maya Jones

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Maya Jones writes songs that make you think. Her voice is laid back, and her tunes get your foot tapping and head bobbing. She is well on her way to your radio dial. We asked Maya 3 questions. Here are her answers:

Who are your biggest musical influences at the moment?

Some of my biggest musical influences at the moment would have to be The 1975, Pvris, Pale Waves & Paramore.

What is your songwriting process like? 

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The Songwriting process for me is different every time.  I can be in the most random places and have a verse or a chorus pop in my head.  I always have to have my phone or something with me so I can open up voice memos and save it for later. 

But the songs that I’m most proud of and the ones that tend to be the ones I release are the ones where I can finish in one writing session.  I like it when it comes natural and I don’t have to feel like I’m trying to just finish a song.  I want to always be real and honest with my music. 

Where do you see your music career in three years?

Three years from now I want to see my career continuing to blossom and grow.  I just want to keep getting my message and music out into the world and have more and more people listening to it. 

I play a lot of shows all over the US now but for sure I want to have a couple of tours under my belt.  Hopefully I would have been able to play some music festivals as well.