Nick Eng (Q&A)

Nick Eng comes out of nowhere –Reno, Nevada, actually – to give us a seriously good debut album appropriately titled Nick Eng. The cover photo may have consciously attempted to channel the early John Lennon look – also appropriate. The songs contained within have a distinctively 60’s vibe to them. Most importantly, the requisite pop hooks are present and accounted for.’, wrote PowerPopNews.

 

All true! Sweet Sweet Music talked to Nick Eng about “All I Want To Say”, The Beatles and girls.

 

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At what point, during writing, rehearsing, recording, did you knew you were on to something special?

 

 

Probably when I was writing “All I Want To Say.” That one doesn’t get as much attention or plays as “The One For You Is Me” or “Reminiscing”, but I think it’s one of the best things I’ve written. I wrote it about someone who meant a lot to me, and it was a painless and natural song to write. I’m proud of my more popular songs, of course, but that one carries a weight that’s really impacted my way of writing.

 

 

 

 

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

 

It’s great that the industry is now an open playing field. Anybody can record a professional album and it has the potential of getting super popular without any big label backing it. But it’s a double-edged sword. Every independent artist and band got the memo, so there’s a lot of competition for fans, venues, and internet space. I’m happy to say that it’s been working out for me though. And there’s still a lot to be said for honest, hard-working musicians who put out quality content and know how to play live. You still need major chops in this field.

 

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Can you still recall the moment music became important to you? What happened?

 

I can’t recall a single moment, but I know that the Beatles, girls, and money all had an influence! The Beatles were the ones who really turned me on to playing and writing music, so I have them to thank for that. Then as I got older, I realized that playing music gets you attention from girls, which is a plus. And then people actually started paying me for what I do, and I decided to just go all in professionally. I was never a star athlete or a stellar student, but I had two good ears and a voice, so I think it was a good choice.

 

If you could tour the world with 2 other bands, who would you ask to join?

 

Definitely Dr. Dog and Cake. Rayland Baxter too, but that’s three and I don’t want to cheat!

 

What’s up for the rest of the year?

 

We’re planning a spring and summer West Coast tour of the U.S. and a brand-new album is dropping right before that. We’ve also got some new music videos in the making. Other than that, eating and sleeping would be nice.

 

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