Toronto’s Nikki’s Wives is on the straight path to great success with their latest single “Ghost” and a much anticipated release in the near future. The emotional and super-chill song is just the tip of the iceberg on what the band has in store with their latest EP, For E-V-E-R. As the buzz is building behind this band, we caught up with Nikki Whitehead to chat about her music, her fans and the future of Nikki’s Wives.
Can you tell us about the origins of the Nikki’s Wives? Where did the musical adventure begin?
It started with Dylan and myself. Dylan plays guitar in the band we were just playing in our hometown of London, and there aren’t a lot of fans of the genre of music that we play. So when we started playing more and more and getting serious and writing and realized we needed a drummer and he introduced Nate, who plays drums in the band. We started being a band not even a year ago. Last January is kind of when it all came together. We wrote the EP shortly after that. We just all have the exact same vision on where we want to go with the music. It just fell together supernaturally.
The song “Ghost” is a beautiful and emotional song. What is this song about?
“Ghost” is not a certain relationship, it’s kind of about the relationships the three of us have all experienced where we didn’t really want them to end, but they had to. You look back on it and you think about the things you could’ve changed and the things you used to really love about the person that you used to hate. Just a very reflective song on people that we’ve known and we’re no longer involved with anymore.
If there were a film soundtrack you wish you had done what would it be?
I’m going to have to go with either Pulp Fiction or one of the Austin Powers movies.
I love those movies. The music is pretty dope.
What is the writing process like?
When we write, it’s just the three of us and our producer in the room. It’s super collaborative. It’s a bunch of ideas being thrown around and one of us will have an idea we’ll play it on the piano or guitar then another person will contribute. The three of us are always working on the songs. It’s pretty rare that someone will come in with something done. When that does happen, we all look at it and modify it to be our collaborative sound. But it’s definitely the three of us writing everything together.
What was the hardest thing about making the latest album EP?
The hardest part was probably the time we had because we had never written a song together before and we went to this studio in Buffalo where we recorded it and we booked the studio time, three weeks from the date that we were there and we didn’t have a single song. We literally locked ourselves in Dylan’s basement for like 14 hours a days for eight days and we wrote a song a day and we cut two. Then we took a couple days off and went into the studio and recorded it in ten days. It was a really big emotional experience afterwards. We were all pretty drained, writing-wise.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
I think it was a Hillary Duff record. And I’m still feeling pretty good about that.
I used to be a big Hillary Duff fan girl. I could have lied and said something super cool and hip or obscure but I’m just going to say the truth.
Being in a new band how is it for a new audience who has not heard of your band?
It’s always strange playing for people and they don’t really know or care who you care. The audience’s we’ve played for so far have been super nice. Sometimes people start dancing and it’s really cool. Our stuff is pretty upbeat and there’ a lot of movement going on. Definitely, when you go to a place where the song isn’t being played on the radio and people don’t know who you are, it’s a little strange. But it usually works out.
What does music do to you when you listen to it? What do you want your music to do to the listener?
I listen to music as a soundtrack to my life. So whenever I’m feeling any type of emotion, there’s always a song that I listen to for that. I think the three of us create music to relate with people emotionally. That’s kind of the goal of all musicians; to have music that somehow affects someone’s life.
Is there any advice you have for new bands just starting out?
I think because of the age that I started, there was a lot of hate, I guess, from people my age that just didn’t get it. Do not be discouraged by what people are saying around you. You have to tune it out and focus on what you’re doing and what your end goal is and not worrying about what other people are saying.
What is next for Nikki’s Wives?
This month is pretty crazy. We’re filming two music videos. We’re playing some New York shows and going on tour in 2016 so stay tuned because there’s a lot of cool stuff that about to go up for us.