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Nic Nassuet
Few musicians can communicate the hope and despair in our humanity with as much sensitivity and conviction as Nic Nassuet. Global audiences connect with Nic’s life, boldly expressed through his haunting and melodic sounds.

Singer-songwriter Nic Nassuet was practically raised onstage and had starring roles in many critically-acclaimed musicals. He moved on to be the front-man for several metal and punk bands before eventually forging his own creative path. Nic has found a balance between complication and simplicity that has an immediate effect on the soul. He has a rare ability to take things down to the essentials of beauty, poetic lyrics, warm melodies, and instrumentation. Yet his music is as intense as the gothic intonations of a heavy metal band. Nic recently garnered considerable industry and fan recognition. He signed with indie label Dirtshack records, was accepted into the Recording Academy (Grammy’s academy), and won an Akademia Music Award for Best Folk/Alternative Rock song. Today he's more inspired and creative than ever. Continually challenging himself to create new sonic textures, Nic uses acoustic instruments of all kinds to achieve a signature, genre-defying sound, including the mandolin, guitar, violin and upright bass. He brings them all together in a breathtaking style to make music that forms a deep and lasting experience with listeners far and wide. Recently, reporter Lily Clark caught up with Nic to find out more about him and his future plans.

LILY: When When did you first discover your love of music?
NIC: My parents have an old home movie of me as a baby pulling myself up and dancing to The Beatles, so I guess it started back then. I wrote my first song when I was around four years old.

LILY: Your song ‘The Nothing’ is receiving a strong listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard it played?
NIC: To be honest, I don't listen to the radio very often. Until last week none of the cars I owned had a working radio. I've heard an old band I used to sing for, heard myself interviewed, and heard my songs on the internet. The first time was pretty exciting.

LILY: What was the inspiration behind your radio single?
NIC: ‘The Nothing’ is my third radio single and was inspired by whatever it is that makes the music. I listen to what is inside of me and try to get it out.

LILY: Would you say that the mood of your other songs is in the same vein as ‘The Nothing’?
NIC: I think that all of the songs have a somewhat similar feel to them, but they are drastically different in many ways.

LILY: How would you characterize yourself as an artist/musician?
NIC: I don't consider myself an artist, or a musician. I don't really feel comfortable putting labels and definitions on myself.

LILY: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family?
NIC: My mother played the piano and sang when we were growing up. My father played and sang a little bit too. There was always a large basket filled with musical instruments in our home. When I was very small those instruments were my favorite toys.

LILY: What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?
NIC: I don't really think of things in terms of reward and challenge. I have work to do, so I do it.

LILY: Who are your role models in music?
NIC: I only have negative role models to remind me of the behaviors and personality traits that I do not want to exhibit or emulate, and in that regard, I don't think it proper to name names.

LILY: Describe your best or most memorable performance.
NIC: My first performance was at the House of Blues on the opening night of the Sunset Strip Music Festival. There were tons of rock stars there and I got awesome feedback. It was a fantastic night.

LILY: Do you have a music video for your hit single? If so, what can you tell us about it?
NIC: I do not have a music video planned for "The Nothing". I do have plans for music videos for other songs.

LILY: I look forward to hearing it. Thank you for your time, Nic Wishing you continued good luck and success.


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