(Photo by: V. Auragraphy)
So y’all know I’m going to gush about Niecy, right? I scanned my blog up and down and realized I only had 3 Indie women on it. WTF. 3, Candice?! In typical BINACT fashion, I sought out to have Niecy on the blog. We met last Thursday at my favorite spot to get acquainted and talk music. When she walked in and spotted my table I was immediately greeted by her beaming smile. I think the best thing about meeting the artists behind the music is the amount of mutual love and excitement we have for each other.
1. Where are you from?
Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Now I live and make music in Columbia, SC.
2. How old are you?
22 years old.
3. What are you working on currently?
I just released my first EP on Dec 14th titled Opaque. I’ve been working on it for about a year now and I’m excited to share it with people around me.
4. How long have you been making music?
I started reading and writing at an early age. In turn, I started singing and songwriting at 4. I still have videos at home from talent shows and stuff. (D’awhhhhh)
5. Who do you want to work with in the future?
Locally: Goose Rage, Emperor Timeline, Benny Starr, Teiji Mack, Towndecent
Stars: Sia, Jessie J (who will challenge me), Anderson .Paak, Coldplay, Lianne La Havas
6. Who inspires you?
Writing wise, Sia and Ray Lamontagne. Sound wise, I have a little bit of everything in my sound. I grew up listening to a lot of gospel and in middle school I fell into my alternative rock phase (didn’t we all lol). One of my biggest influences is the blues and jazz sound, hence my name. And I can’t forget Amy Winehouse!
Overall my grandpa is who keeps me motivated. He played bass guitar and traveled with his band up until he passed. I love him and I feel like he’s watching over me and pushing me to make music.
7. What’s your idea of success?
I want to do more than just music. I want to utilize my musical theatre experience and do some things in film as well. Ultimately I just want to pay my bills, be able to make art full-time, and give back to people to allow them to be heard.
This 7 song EP is bluesy perfection. The intro draws you into the whirlwind of emotions and situations outlined in the songs. I love them all but if I had to pick my favorites are Picket Signs and Pigment. Opaque has a distinct wonderfully lush sound. From the choice of beats to the placement of tones, Niecy made sure to let her listeners know that she takes her music seriously and she knows exactly what she’s doing. This project impressed me so much because it sounds so familiar, like home. After listening to it at work and in the shower over the past week I find myself remembering lyrics and humming its tunes. Whatever you do please give this EP at least one listen.