Interview: Neika Simone

Can you tell us about your latest project? What inspired it, and what can your fans expect from it?

Yes, my latest project was inspired by the battle I’ve had with myself with self confidence. I learned that you have to believe in yourself before you can expect others to support you. Even then, you might not have the support you desire, but you have to change the way that you think to continue to move forward. My album titled Point of View is a collection of songs about relationships. Relationships can go through a myriad of changes and this is expressed in this album. You’ll also find a song that is dedicated to my brother. He passed away unexpectedly at the age of 39 in 2008. There isn’t a day that passes where I don’t think of him and the things that he taught me through the way that he lived his life.

Songwriting can be a cathartic process. What emotions or messages do you hope your music conveys to listeners?

I hope that my music shares the thought that people are not alone. There are others who have shared the same experiences and emotions.

How has your musical style evolved over the years, and what do you hope to convey through your music now compared to when you first started your career?

My first songs were smooth. As I continue to write, my style still remains the same, however, there are touches of funk, and more rhythmic upbeat music that has and is being written.

Many fans look up to their favorite artists as role models. What advice do you have for aspiring musicians who hope to make a name for themselves in the music industry?

My advice is to be authentically who you are. Pretending to be someone else for the rest of your life will be exhausting. Let your inner self shine through. That’s who people will connect with.

In the age of streaming and digital platforms, how do you navigate the challenges of making a living as a recording artist, and what advice would you give to aspiring musicians trying to break into the industry?

Making a living as a recording artist can be a struggle. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. Keep pushing and working. Your work will pay off.

Your image and style often become part of your brand as an artist. How do you approach your personal image and fashion choices to express yourself and connect with your fans?

Listen, life has taught me to be the best version of me as I can be. I can’t pretend to be something I’m not, whether it’s when connecting with people in the audience, on social media, or through my music. I think I have a pretty good eye for fashion and try to wear things that flatter my figure. When I have events coming up, I search for the outfit that I feel will allow me to be the best me in the moment on stage. It’s about letting the best of myself shine through!

The future is always uncertain, but what are your long-term goals and aspirations as a recording artist, and what can your fans expect from you in the coming years?

I want to continue to create, collaborate, and release music. I also want to perform in bigger venues and audiences across the country and world. The sky’s the limit!




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