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Postby nikkita » 25 May 2010, 00:02

- What is a good lyric according to you ?


It's art, and art is subjective... so there is no "good" or "bad" lyrics. Really, all lyrics are at the most basic level is a creative arrangement of language. I've definitely heard some lyrics that I really don't like, but I wouldn't consider them "bad".

However, what I'd consider a good lyric, is honesty. Something from the heart. The best lyrics have the most passion in them -- and you can definitely tell when someone has something important to say... it's not uncommon that it will come out through their lyrics. :)

- Can you make a living out of being a vocalist ?


If you bust your ass off, get a good manager, and work with some top names and tour -- then definitely! If you supplement it with side voice work (doing radio commercials, audio books, etc) then absolutely. However, most studio (only) vocalists can't survive very long in one genre (even the larger genres) unless they take their act to the stage and start touring.

The reason for this is because your voice eventually becomes overplayed, unless you diversify. People will become tired, and then your "shelf-life" is shortened.

- Did/do you have any role models ?


Absolutely!

Miss Djax, Jen Mas, Tyra from Saigon, Lady Gaga, Angela Gossow, Tairrie B, Brody Dahle
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Postby SativaNL » 25 May 2010, 11:12

nikkita:
Azrael:Have you ever had any weird request?


I had one producer ask me to record myself having an orgasm and saying his name -- he called me a bitch when I told him to piss off. :P


Maybe that was the original vocal for Headhunterz - Just say my name ?
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Postby D-Vinity » 27 May 2010, 16:11

When did you discover that your voice is such a nice one?

How did you come to genres like hardstyle/hardcore?
(I don't ask this, because you're a women!)

How do you like men? Or how do you handle men?
Because idk how e.g. Endymion are in real, but in their videos they look kind of crazy :lol:

You are very self confident (not arrogant), have you always been a power woman or did you get this after becoming a vocalist so you have/had to handle with assholes.


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Postby Darycka » 27 May 2010, 17:33

Nice read on here!

A little question of me:
Would you ever consider doing the vocals of a hardstyle-track live?
So lets say, Zatox ft. Nikkita live, with instrumental versions of the tracks and you singing live?
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Postby zanshi » 27 May 2010, 20:18

Darycka:Nice read on here!

A little question of me:
Would you ever consider doing the vocals of a hardstyle-track live?
So lets say, Zatox ft. Nikkita live, with instrumental versions of the tracks and you singing live?


thsi would be soooo epic omg x:
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Postby Geck-o » 27 May 2010, 20:22

Respect to Nikkita! Keep it real _O_
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Postby Dakpan » 27 May 2010, 20:24

Darycka:Nice read on here!

A little question of me:
Would you ever consider doing the vocals of a hardstyle-track live?
So lets say, Zatox ft. Nikkita live, with instrumental versions of the tracks and you singing live?


Nikkita singing Poltergeist live. :dance:
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Postby nikkita » 28 May 2010, 00:52

When did you discover that your voice is such a nice one?


I will be absolutely honest -- I hate my voice! First, and foremost, I am a voice actor. This is how I got my start -- one day I wanted to be Sailor Moon, so I started hanging around the online dubbing/voice acting communities where we all made fan projects. Over time I decided there was more to voice acting than just being Sailor Moon (right around the time I turned 12 years old, lol) -- I started learning how to mix audio, record, write my own scripts, and so on... It was something I enjoyed more than choir at the time, so I just stuck with that.

How did you come to genres like hardstyle/hardcore?
(I don't ask this, because you're a women!)


I used to be really in to the warez/hacking/demo scene stuff. One of my friends from the Netherlands ran a known warez website, and we became friends (I was maybe 14 at the time)... I was really in to metal, and he was in to this stuff called "hardcore". He sent me "Artwork" by Art of Fighters, and the rest was history. :) From there, I started exploring various sub-genres...

How do you like men? Or how do you handle men?


I like my men docile, and kissing my feet. :+ Just kidding... honestly, it's normal to have really strong feelings for a person when you work on music together. I think it's really the only way good, and passionate music can happen -- when two people click. I've had some bigger artists want to work with me where the spark just wasn't there, and I've just felt "Meh..." about it... I really try my best to get to know them. Sometimes I make a friend, sometimes I don't.

I think the most important part is knowing when to draw the line. A lot of those guys come off as "crazy" for their fans, but it's really an act. If you talk to them in private, when the lights are off and everyone's going home... you'll probably find some of the nicest/most polite people, and in many cases: some of the most quiet people. Not to say EVERY producer is like this, there are obviously some assholes everywhere... but more often than not, you'll find the complete opposite from what you see on stage. Especially those Endymion guys! ;P Really though, they are very sweet guys and I consider them people I absolutely trust, and have for a few years now.

You are very self confident (not arrogant), have you always been a power woman or did you get this after becoming a vocalist so you have/had to handle with assholes.


Honestly, it's not so much because I'm a vocalist, it's just the way I am. I've always been very outspoken and rebellious about things, and the pursuit of knowledge has always been important for me. I try my best to be aware of many social issues in general (racism, theories of privilege, social psychology, gender identity issues, religious freedom, personal freedom, etc), and there's always been a lot of women in my family who describe themselves as "feminists"... Through these concepts, you begin to see things a little differently. A lot of people think "Oh, feminists just hate men! They are a bunch of bra-burning dykes!! BOOO!!!" but I realised it's something much more than that and more about standing up for yourself as an equal. Of course, you also have people with extreme opinions... but not all of them are like that. I used to be the type of person who had a lot of self-hate and misogynistic tendencies, because quite frankly I didn't understand any better. Then I grew up, and I realised I don't have to hate myself just to make friends, and if I need to go all "OMG I LOOOOVE PORN! OMG WOMEN ARE BITCHES AND WHOOOORES!" just so guys will like me or whatever... no thanks. Maybe they aren't the type of people who should be in my life.

You absolutely do need to have a tough skin, and most importantly, you need to have a GOOD set of friends. A lot of stupid shit happens in these scenes, and sometimes I -SWEAR- I am back in highschool again!! I think also if you understand what you're up against (ie: why things happen the way they happen), it alleviates some of the frustration in these types of industries.

So, in a way, this type of attitude/confidence helps me not take "no" for an answer. It motivates me not to just shut my mouth and let people walk all over me, and it motivates me to stand up and speak up when there is a problem.

Much love


XO! :)


Would you ever consider doing the vocals of a hardstyle-track live?
So lets say, Zatox ft. Nikkita live, with instrumental versions of the tracks and you singing live?


Haha! I've considered this, actually! I'd love to do a really entertaining kind of live. It's a pipe-dream, but I'd love to create like a concert within a concert -- with music specially made specifically to be recreated live, sung/MC'd live, with cool things happening. I have nothing against DJs or DJing, but I think people are being a little too safe, and I guess I just want to shake things up a bit. It could work, it could not... This way each set can be a new take on things, still keep people dancing, but also give them something to see on stage, too.

I would just really love to create hardstyle/hardcore music where people can quote and wear it like a badge of the type of music they listen to, without reciting a Jay-Z or DMX vocal, or that involves more than just "Hardstyle!!", or selling out the genre.

In reality for as much as I've got right now: I really would like to split DJing and MCing for my own stuff.

I'm moving out to Europe pretty soon, so between working a job and working on music... I've really got to hit the ground running when I'm out there. Hopefully we can see some interesting stuff.
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Postby aXXis » 28 May 2010, 01:02

When can we meet you for real @ a party in Holland ;D
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Postby nikkita » 28 May 2010, 01:05

aXXis:When can we meet you for real @ a party in Holland ;D


I was in Holland in November of 2009! :D

I'll definitely be back out there within a year or so, and moving out to the UK soon after (so I'll be in Holland every weekend!)

Maybe we can do some huge coffee get-together and make the Starbucks baristas weep. :+
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Postby Kedde » 06 Jun 2010, 13:39

awesome topic! :)
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Postby Lop-Sided » 17 Jun 2010, 10:59

first off, just wanted to say that you do a great job with the productions, songs, and projects that you have done. _O_

just out of curiousity, how does it make you feel when you turn on like hardstyle/hardcore radio or something and hear yourself (by coincidence) in one of the songs or dj mixes? does it still surprise you or did you end up getting used to it?

also, what advice would you give to people that are interested in becoming some kind of vocalist in general? (like an MC or a song lyricist or radio host and etc.).

thanks a lot! :pacman:
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Postby Darycka » 17 Jun 2010, 11:02

I have got a silly question:
How does it sound to hear your own voice pitched? :+
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Postby nikkita » 18 Jun 2010, 17:33

I have got a silly question:
How does it sound to hear your own voice pitched?


Buahahahhahaa sometimes it's funny hearing my voice pitched like a hamster; but sometimes I go "FUUUUUUUUU" when the record is pitched and I hear my voice booming on the overhead like a pissed off 2 year old ahahhaa

first off, just wanted to say that you do a great job with the productions, songs, and projects that you have done.


Thank you so much! <3

just out of curiousity, how does it make you feel when you turn on like hardstyle/hardcore radio or something and hear yourself (by coincidence) in one of the songs or dj mixes? does it still surprise you or did you end up getting used to it?


One thing about me is that I'm always excited, haha. There's a problem if I am not excited... and it's fun because some of my friends will be at Defqon or something and they'll message me like "OMG I HEAR YOU!!!!" which is also really motivating and exciting. Then I look at videos with people singing along, and I am STILL surprised. I'm still not used to it -- I hope I never get used to it, either lol.

also, what advice would you give to people that are interested in becoming some kind of vocalist in general? (like an MC or a song lyricist or radio host and etc.).


Practise! That is the best advice ever. It's totally cliché and corny, but always practise. Try getting involved in online/amateur voice acting to try it as a hobby first -- volunteer at local radio stations, as well. I know plenty of people who have gone in to vocals with the intent of being a vocalist -- and then a year later they discover they'd rather be a sound/recording engineer, or something else entirely. One thing I'd also recommend is practising character style voices... this allows you to be more diverse in your range, and will allow you more longevity as you'd be able to produce "movie-style/acting" samples. I love reading that people think something I've done sounds like it was sampled from a movie or a TV show. :D Singing is also nice to do too -- eventually you'll find what you're comfortable with... but the more you practise, the more you develop your voice and the more you learn which you can apply to music.

Look in to acting, singing, and improv workshops as well.. this will help you "free yourself" because another major thing about vocal work is confidence in what you're doing. A lot of people can have a great voice, but they hold themselves back some times because they are intimidated. I have this a lot of times when I record in front of other people.

For lyrics, I keep myself "warm" by randomly putting exercises on my facebook wall when I run out of inspiration or hit a "block"... I tell people: "write me some words or phrases and I'll write some lyrics around it"... so far I've written power metal lyrics inspired by "penis", and an R&B track inspired by "dogging" haha. :)

Also, find like minded people and just GO FOR IT... Volunteer to record for some friends of yours, so you can get that boost of motivation that comes from a completed work with your voice.

Over time you start to pick up new things, and have more involvement -- and that's the best part. :) Of course, also walking in to a party and singing along to your own stuff is cool too, hehe.

Oh, and to add:

When you are comfortable, look in to recording a generic type of "demo" -- when you feel like taking the next step, send it around to game developers, sound production studios, marketing agencies, talent agencies, and also radio stations... you might be stuck doing some free grunt work like commercial reads and such (for little or no money), but from that point on you start to take that professionally completed work and incorporate in to future demos.

For an example of what my old character demo (from 2008) sounds like, you can take a look at it here:

http://soundcloud.com/nikkita_b/nikkita-animation-demo

:)
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Postby Munchclot » 22 Jun 2010, 02:46

Haven't got a question, but I'll add a comment. Good job on your werkz, I like your attitude. Nice answering all these questions. You go!

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