Major thanks to Nix, a talented pop singer-songwriter out of Toronto, who connected with DCWS for an exclusive interview. Nix recently released her single “Tastes Like Sugar”, which we featured last month, so it’s only right that we touch base and pick her brain about her creative process for the song, find out which why Toronto is such a hotbed for popular music and much more.
After reading our Q&A, be sure to connect with Nix on her website and social media!
Tell us about your creative process when it came to the development of your new single, "Tastes Like Sugar". Also, who produced it?
I knew before going into the studio that I wanted to write a fun and catchy bubble-gum pop song. So naturally, I knew the title of the song had to have a 'sweet' name to match the theme I was going for. Honestly, after I came up with the title, everything else came naturally! It was co-written by myself and Ethan Hulse, and produced by the insanely talented Nick Schwarz. It was my first time working with these guys, and I couldn't have envisioned a better experience.
Can we expect to hear "Tastes Like Sugar" on an upcoming EP or album this year? If so, what can you tell us about it?
Yes! I have one more single that I will be releasing before I put out the EP. I am very excited for everyone to hear it. It's a very fun EP... each song brings a different flavor to the table.
If you could collaborate on a song with any artist you want, who would you pick and why?
This is *such* a hard question... I think instinctively I would want to choose one of my childhood idols, like Christina Aguilera or Shakira... but as an artist today, I would kill to get to work with Lady Gaga or Ed Sheeran. Not only are they incredible performers, but they are also prolific lyricists, and no matter what is created, I know it would be magical and so special.
At what definitive point in your past did you decide that you wanted to become a singer-songwriter?
I think it was when I was buried in essays and summatives while studying at university! I have always been a book nerd and loved school, but I knew I couldn't be in school forever...I realized during this time that I craved a creative outlet, and when I had to think of my life post-graduation, all I could envision was creating music.
For some American music fans, unfortunately, the city of Toronto didn't exist until Drake came out. Those of us exposed to MuchMusic in the 2000s, obviously know better; so tell why your hometown is such a mecca for artists and new music, especially pop and hip-hop.
It's so nice for Toronto to finally be recognized on the international stage as a hub for talented artists - there is so much talent here because there is so much diversity, and that's one of the best things about Toronto. So many sounds, cultures, vibes, and experiences are all in one place. Toronto doesn't have one sound - it has all sounds, and I think that's why artists from here are recognized by so many people - there is something for everyone.