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Nigo Bands Talks About His Career Path, Influence and New Music

 

 

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Nigo Bands was Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Rapper Nigo Bands (formerly known as SadBoySmoke) always knew he had something unique and different going on. He started rapping in a juvenile prison when he was 12, freestyle battling other inmates and occasionally writing rhymes to help pass the time he was serving. 

Drawing influence from artists like Lil Wayne and Eminem, all the way to Rock icons like Kurt Cobain and The Smiths, he knew from day one that he didn’t want to be your typical rapper stereotype. With a unique aesthetic, mixed with wavy melodies and raw lyrics, he has managed to merge the worlds of grunge rock with hard-hitting trap music.

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It was a rare privilege to have this exclusive interview with Nigo Bands and hope you read more below:

 

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QUESTION:

 

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  1. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

  Nigo Bands:  Well since I was a young boy I’ve always wanted to do something in music, I was just never exactly sure of what. Then as I got older I started rapping and I noticed that I was pretty decent, so for years I just rapped as more of a hobby and something to do at parties to get girls. Then I started to realize that I can do something with this talent instead of wasting it on dumb nonsense. So I started writing and recording music and the rest is history. 

  

  1. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

 Nigo Bands:  One of the most interesting stories I have would probably be meeting Polo The Don in Nashville super randomly. I was downtown with my manager and a few of my friends when one of them was like “hey is that polo the don?” So I look over and sure enough, he’s right there with his camp having drinks right next to our table. So my manager goes over there, introduces himself, and eventually, polo invites the rest of us to his table to have drinks. So we’re drinking and chatting, taking shots, and all of a sudden one of his friends starts rapping right? So in my head, I’m like, “don’t try to battle this guy man” but sure enough my boy says “aye you won’t battle him though” so at this point I’m like screw it, so I and him have a rap battle, super drunk and super loud in the middle of a restaurant, curse words and all hahaha. Of course, I won, he disagreed but that’s a whole different story haha. Then after we just continued drinking and having a good time. 

At the end of everything we all swapped contact info and I was just surprised how down-to-earth and chill they all were, cause I always had the “celebs are jerks mindset” but that wasn’t the case this time.

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 3. Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

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 Nigo Bands:  I’d say the funniest mistake was falling for a fake email from adam22 and no jumper back at the beginning. It’s a little embarrassing because looking back, it was super obvious if you think about it, but I was mad green at the time. But what happened was one night I’m just chilling in bed right, so I get an email saying “hey it’s Adam22 from no jumper and I’d like to get you for an interview and blah blah blah send 50 dollar deposit .” So my stupid self gets mad excited and sends the $50, no questions asked, and sure enough, the person went ghost. So later that day I’m on Twitter and Adam tweets “if any artists get an email about money interviews then it’s fake” and I swear I felt so dumb and played man. But it was a lesson for sure, so if anything I’m kind of glad it happened.

 

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  1. What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

 Nigo Bands:  Well right now I’m working on an EP that I want to drop later this summer if everything goes as planned. Can’t quite reveal the name of the project but just know it is going to be a banger man. I’ve got some talented artists featured on it and some dope producers so definitely be on the lookout for that when it comes out. 

 

  1. Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Nigo Bands:  Hands down one of the most interesting people I’ve ever interacted with within this industry has got to be Lil B The Based God. A very kind guy, very respectful and he’s not too cocky or big-headed to reach out to the newer artists. That’s something rare nowadays, to find an established artist that shows support and love to the smaller guys. But it started with a tweet I had posted, can’t exactly remember what I said but I know it was something stupid. So Lil B Retweets it then DM’s me out of nowhere, just saying he rocked with the music and what I was doing. We chopped it up and the guy was just mad down to earth, not how you would expect a celeb to act. It was Overall a refreshing experience for me, especially at a time when I was getting used to the idea that the music game is cold. We haven’t gotten the chance of doing any music together or anything like that but I wouldn’t rule it out for the future so yea keeps on the lookout for that.  

  

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  1. Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

 Nigo Bands:  Honestly, I’d say just be true to yourself and don’t chase trends. I’ve seen so many people just crash out trying to be viral or fit in with what’s currently Poppin and it never lasts. There’s so much fakery going on now that the people will appreciate authenticity and relatability from an artist, not some guy constantly doing internet stunts but yet their music is lazy. So I encourage people to just stay true to themselves and try to remain unique. Don’t be scared to experiment or to try something different, because you never know, you might be the one setting the next trend. 

 

  1. You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?

Nigo Bands:  My advice would be to stay consistent and don’t let someone else tell you what you’re capable of. One of the hardest things can be not giving up sometimes, because trust me you’ll want to occasionally. But staying positive and motivated always helped me push ahead at times when I was just fed up. Not every song is going to do well, not everyone is gonna have positive feedback on your music and some people will even attempt to take advantage of you, but the key is not letting those things break you, but build you up into a better musician. 

  

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  1. Can you share with our readers any self-care routines, practices, or treatments that you do to help your body, mind, or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.

Nigo Bands:  Well lately I’ve been into meditation and stuff like that. I’ll wake up in the morning, get some tea started, put on this little app I have, and just zone out. I’m still very new to it but I’m seeing results as far as being less stressed out and whatnot. 

 

  1. What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Nigo Bands:  5 things I wish somebody told me when I started? Well, first I’d have to say I wish I was warned about how cold this music industry can be at times because at first, I was not at all prepared. Like I had always heard stories on tv but I always thought it was exaggerated but Nah it’s pretty accurate. I remember I had some guy who was supposed to be my “manager” but in the end, it was some scammer who actually was in the industry but was known for preying on the new artist that didn’t know any better so essentially I was getting screwed out of so much money. It sucked man.

Second, I wish someone would’ve given me a heads up about how expensive it can be to market yourself as an independent artist. Like people have no clue man, it can get outrageous at times. But it’s all a part of the game.

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The third thing I wish I was told when I started would be to not worry about what other people are doing and just stay focused on your path. Like a lot of artists tend to compete or grow envious of what they may see another artist have on social media or whatever, but at the end of the day, you’re being distracted from your goals by focusing on this person and on top of all that they probably don’t even get it like they say they do. So just focus on yourself and don’t sweat what someone else has or is doing, cause a lot of the time it’s the straight cap.

Fourth is simple, only keep people around that are focused and positive. Negativity in your circle can mess up a lot. You don’t wanna let your creativity and productivity be ruined by a bunch of people that aren’t on the same page as you. 

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And finally, I’d say I wish someone had told me earlier how important branding is for a new artist. The look and aesthetic of an artist these days are almost as important as the music itself. It took me a while to understand that concept. Shouldn’t be that way but that’s just what it is you know? 

  

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  1. Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Nigo Bands:  I know this is going to sound mad corny but I’d say “you win some, you lose some, but you live to fight another day.” It stuck with me because I’ve taken a lot of L’s and I could’ve easily let that stop me or make me give up, but I kept pushing and didn’t lose focus on my main goal. The fight gotta go on you know? 

 

  1. None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Nigo Bands:  Yes there’s a lot of people actually but just to name one in particular I’d have to say my manager Chris Kinney for sure. He’s helped me so much as an artist as far as helping me establish a brand, teaching me the ropes, and helping me market my music to a bigger audience. He just helped me elevate and take my career to the next level and for that, I’ll always be thankful. 

 

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  1. You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

 Nigo Bands:  I wanna start a movement that emphasizes the importance of individuality and learning to love yourself just the way you are. So many people out here trying to be someone else because they feel like who they are isn’t good enough or like they may be judged for being themselves. But we gotta shake that mindset, embrace what makes you different, what makes you unique. Wear what you want, speak how you want, have hobbies that you want. Live for you, not anyone else. 

 

  1. We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Nigo Bands:  I’d like to have lunch with Lil Wayne and just ask him about his process and his journey as an artist. What it was like, what kept him pushing, the lessons he’s learned through it all. The guy is one of my idols as far as music goes so he’s for sure on my list of people I’d love to have a conversation with. 

 

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14 How can our readers follow you online?

Nigo Bands:  You can follow me on my Instagram at:

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 https://www.instagram.com/nigobands/

And go check out my latest single Leave Me on Spotify and Apple Music 

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https://ffm.to/leaveme_

 

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Michael Odu is the founder of Goshenvilla Limited and official Interviewer of Honk Magazine. He shares stories of inspiring entrepreneurs from all around the world and tips to create a better life & business.

Album Review

Album Review: Pete Miller’s “Live on Record”

When it comes to genuine and unembellished music, Pete Miller’s debut album “Live on Record” is a revitalizing breeze in the current music landscape. Released on MTS Records, the LP presents an artist who, despite the modernity around him, channels a vintage, heartfelt essence that’s increasingly rare. Combining elements of folk, country, and rock, Miller’s work is a throwback to an era where music was raw and storytelling was genuine.

A Connecticut native who now calls Pennsylvania home, Pete Miller’s journey to his debut album wasn’t one paved with glitter and glamor. Escaping the allure of New York City, Miller worked various blue-collar jobs, including landscaping, warehouse labor, and construction while chasing his musical dreams. His life’s experiences, genuinely reflected in his songs, make “Live on Record” an autobiographical piece that resonates with the “everyman.”

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From the get-go, Miller’s voice draws comparisons to the legendary Johnny Cash, a resemblance he carries with pride. His rich baritone and poetic lyricism are reminiscent of the Man in Black’s storytelling prowess. Influences of Townes Van Zandt’s melancholic narratives also weave through the album, grounding Miller firmly in the tradition of great American singer-songwriters.

The album’s opener, “A Light Out There – Intro Version,” sets the tone with a soulful introduction that hooks listeners. The lyrics, “You may go away, but the story will survive. You want to return, but wonder if you’ll arrive…” instantly pull you into Miller’s world – reflective, tinged with melancholy, yet hopeful. The full version of “A Light Out There” has  garnered significant attention, amassing over 119K streams on Spotify and breaking into the UK iTunes Top 20 Singer-Songwriters Chart. The full album is quickly approaching 1 million Spotify streams!

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Each song on the album is meticulously crafted to tell a story, from the contemplative “The Star Showman, Pt. I” to the earnest “Oh, Lord,” each track offers a glimpse into Miller’s life and experiences. In “The Dazzling Kimberly,” Miller’s narrative style shines through, painting vivid images of characters and emotions with minimalistic yet powerful instrumentation.

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The simplicity of the album is its greatest strength. Miller’s acoustic guitar work is untainted by overproduction, allowing the natural sound of the instrument to take center stage. His playing is rhythmic and engaging, supporting his vocals without overshadowing the poignant lyrics. Tracks like “I Wrote Hannah a Letter” and “Hard to Find” showcase this beautifully, with Miller’s jangling guitar providing the perfect backdrop for his homespun poetry.

“Midnight Blue” and “The Raven & the Dove” delve deeper into Miller’s introspective side, offering meditative and almost haunting melodies that linger long after the song ends. They’re a testament to Miller’s ability to evoke strong emotions through his music, making listeners feel the weight of his words and the authenticity of his experiences.

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The album’s closer, the complete version of “A Light Out There,” is a fitting end to the journey. It encapsulates the overarching themes of the album – longing, resilience, and a quest for meaning. The lyrics, “When you suffer, you’re out of this land. When you came back through that door, the waves didn’t remember your feet on the shore,” resonate with anyone who’s felt lost and found solace in the simplicity of life.

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“Live on Record” is an album that doesn’t aspire to be flashy or trendy. Instead, it focuses on being real and relatable. Pete Miller’s music is a reflection of his life – unpolished yet profound, simple yet deeply meaningful. His storytelling is the heart of the album, and it’s this authenticity that makes his debut a standout.

As Miller works on his follow-up album in the woods of Pennsylvania, one can only anticipate the continuation of his musical journey. If “Live on Record” is any indication, Pete Miller is poised to carve out a niche for himself in the music industry, staying true to his roots and delivering music that is as raw and real as it gets.

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For more information on Pete Miller and to connect with his music, check him out on Facebook.

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Music Review: Pam Ross – “Doublewide”

Pam Ross’ latest single, “Doublewide,” set for release on August 9th, 2024, is a captivating fusion of rock, Americana, and country that showcases her knack for heartfelt storytelling and infectious melodies. As the lead single from her highly anticipated LP, “Outside the Box,” “Doublewide” is a testament to Pam’s ability to connect with her audience on an emotional level.

From the outset, “Doublewide” pulls listeners in with its country-rock infused sound. The track’s vibrant instrumentation and Pam’s distinctive vocals create an irresistible energy that captures the essence of newfound love. The lyrics paint vivid images of being swept up in the fervor of a passionate relationship, with lines like:

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“I’M OUT DANCING ON A HOT TIN ROOF
EVERYTHING’S BEEN DIFFERENT SINCE I MET YOU
NOW I’M MAKING CHANGES TO PLANS I HAD
AND STAYING IN ON FRIDAY DON’T SEEM SO BAD”
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These evocative words resonate with anyone who has experienced the transformative power of love, making the song both relatable and deeply personal.

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Recorded at Goodluck Studio and masterfully mixed in Nashville by Marc Frigo, “Doublewide” boasts a polished yet organic sound. The production allows Pam’s voice to shine through while ensuring that every instrument plays a pivotal role in the overall composition. The song’s dynamic range keeps it engaging, with energetic verses building up to a memorable chorus:

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“YOU AND ME GOT A LOVE SO HOT
WE’RE GONNA BURN THIS DOUBLEWIDE DOWN
EVER SINCE YOU TOOK MY HAND
FOLKS SEE FLAMES FOR MILES AROUND”
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The chorus is anthemic and catchy, destined to be a sing-along favorite at live shows and a staple on playlists.

What sets “Doublewide” apart is its ability to evoke a wide spectrum of emotions. Pam Ross has a gift for making listeners feel the intensity and joy of love through her music. As she herself puts it, “I just want people to enjoy my music. I hope they sing along, and it makes them feel something inside when they listen.” This intention is beautifully realized in “Doublewide,” a song that is sure to leave listeners feeling uplifted and inspired.

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With “Doublewide,” Pam Ross reaffirms her status as a versatile and emotionally resonant artist. The single not only stands out on its own merits but also sets the stage for what promises to be an exceptional album in “Outside the Box.” Fans and new listeners alike will find much to appreciate in this vibrant, heartfelt track. Be sure to mark your calendars for August 9th, 2024, and get ready to experience the magic of Pam Ross’ “Doublewide.”

 

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