With tranquil exuberance and an ear-healing vocal output which is impossible to dislike, we had a chat with the angelic wonder who calls herself Niky Pasolini. She updates us about her brand new 9-track album, her appreciation for Holly Humberstone, and urges everyone to check out the legendary MOTH club in Hackney.
Thank you for speaking with us today Niky Pasolini. Please tell us where you are based and what are you most passionate about at the moment.
Niky: Hello! I’m based in London! And I’m pretty passionate about songwriting and The Thick of It at the moment.
We’ve just listened to your debut 9-track release called Update. Wow. Your voice is so genuine and tender, with deep lyrics that many can relate to. How did you get started in music and can you recall the first time you knew this was for you?
Niky: I’ve been playing piano and cello for ages – I was always one of those dweeby orchestra kids at school. Then randomly my GCSE music class and I went to a studio to record this song I wrote, with lots of flutes and strings, the whole works. The song turned out very cheesy but I had the best time, so I picked up the guitar and started writing more.
If you could perform live on the same stage with any musician in the world, who would it be and why?
Niky: Holly Humberstone!! If I could keep it together. I cried when I saw her at the Brixton O2.
Where do you recommend we go and find authentic live music in your hometown?
Niky: MOTH club in Hackney always hosts great artists. Also, you can find some very cool small classical concerts on Through the Noise.
Who did you grow up listening to and who are you inspired by at the moment?
Niky: I grew up listening to a lot of Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Italian songwriters like Bennato and Guccini. I’m going through a bit of a Paul Simon phase at the moment. Also, I think Wunderhorse’s new album is genius.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given to yourself?
Niky: Don’t deep it.
Last, what are your goals for the rest of 2023 and where can we find you performing live next?
Niky: I’m releasing some new singles after March! They’re more electric and poppy than this album, so that’s exciting. And I’ll be hopping around some open mics for the next few weeks. I’ll make sure to post about them all:)
Interview by Llewelyn Screen