Special Interview: Nyuon

Musician Nyuon speaks with theaussieword.com for a special interview.

What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
A little about me umm, I like manga, Top Gear, playing basketball and making music. Rapping all began when my close friend, Cris Gamble invited me to a studio session back in early high school. What we recorded actually sounded pretty good, so I kept at it, honing my skill. Producing started when my cousin Rookie (who was already creating his own beats) suggested I start making beats so that we could create music together.  And chasing the dream
began when a really close friend and a fan of mine named Christine, convinced me to enter the Melbourne Music Bank Competition.  She’s the real MVP.
What had you first interested in music?
I remember back in Kenya, when I was about 5, the first 2 songs (apart from my Sunday school choir songs) I can clearly remember were “What’s My Name” by Snoop Dogg & Lil Bow wow and “Ms. Jackson” by Outkast. The first time I heard these songs was while watching the music videos on TV. It was a crazy experience for me as a kid and I think that’s how the interest all began.

Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
The success of my idols always motivates me. Every time any one of them drops a new track or project, I instantly feel like I need to head into the studio and get to work creating my own music.

Do you have any planned tours coming up?
I have a single launch at The Workers Club coming up on Friday March 13th, come and check it out.

What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
My biggest goals as an artist are to reach the same level as my idols and then after that, to exceed those levels. Aiming high is the only way to make the most out of anything and everything.

What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
In the next few months, my fans can expect some new chilled music, some really cool collaborations and hopefully some music videos.

Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
The secret to success is aiming high and working hard, but that’s not really a secret. My biggest highlight so far is entering the Melbourne Music Banks competition because it gave me the confidence boost I needed to chase after my dreams.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
I don’t have any one artist that motivates me to make great music. I admire all artists that have changed their lives using music and going from nothing to something. I always watch artist interviews on Youtube and hearing them talk about the hard work they’ve put into getting where they are now motivates me all the time.

How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
I’d like to think my music is chilled and will appeal to everyday people but it really depends on how it translates to the listener.

What can you tell us about your latest album?
My latest album/project will be called BYMYSELF and it’s very laid back and chilled.  It’s a journey through my mind when I’m BYMYSELF, lost in my thoughts. I cover everything from having a Bae, to being superman throwing parties on Mars. 

Are there any new exciting projects in the works?
Yes. There are a few exciting projects being cooked up, BYMYSELF is one of them and I’m also working on something else but that’s low-key for now.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I think the face of Aussie Hip Hop is at a stage where its really starting to evolve and in a few years I hope to see myself, along with a few others at the forefront of that evolution.

Name a few of your favorite Aussie artists.
I recently started listening to ILLY, so I I’m going through all his music at the moment. I’m also listening to this artist called JOY who I discovered off Triple J’unearthed, I think her music is amazing. Peking Duk have an amazing production sound so I’m always on Soundcloud listening to them too.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
I think social media is very important. It allows for a greater gene pool in music DNA. As an artist, I can use social media to gather inspiration for an unlimited amount of known and unknown artists and then use that inspiration to create my own sound. I also think social media is important in the innovation of new music. It makes it easier for low-key artists, like myself who don’t have a publishing deal, to upload onto a platform like Soundcloud and then let the natural momentum of streaming and sharing on social media occur.

Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of theaussieword.com with here today?
Keep it real.  Stay true to yourself.  Be thankful.

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