TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Nico & Vinz
By now you've probably cruised down the highway to Nico & Vinz's breakout single "Am I Wrong?" blasting through the speakers. Or maybe you've tapped your toes to its infections beat at a pool party. In whatever way this inspiring and totally danceable summer smash has soundtracked your summer, it's pretty obvious that this Norwegian hit-making duo is doing something so right.
But here's the thing: For Nico & Vinz, there's a lot more where that came from. We caught up with our new Fresh Artist to learn more about their debut album, their musical influences, and fun facts about their past! Check it out!
1. Coming from Norway, how does it feel to see your music spread across the globe?
It's almost indescribable. We're are having the time of our lives right now, trying to soak it all up. We always had a dream of having our music reach and touch people all over the world, and to see that dream happen is beyond amazing. We're truly grateful for the support and we're working to pay you back with the best music we can make!
2. Your sound has roots in African rhythms and textures, but with a Scandinavian pop twist. What do you think is most special about that unique combination of influences?
The most special thing about it is that it's very personal, it's Nico & Vinz. We figured that the best way to be unique, is to be yourself, because there's no one like you. So we started making music with that mentality and mixed our personalities and backgrounds in the music. Born and raised in Norway with parents from Ghana, Ivory Coast and Norway, influenced by the hip hop-culture.
3. Has music always been your main focus and passion? How did you two become a duo?
Nico wanted to be a professional soccer player and Vinz was studying before we decided to focus on music at the age of 20.
4. Can you remember the first album or record that made a lasting impression on you?
Nico: Nas Illmatic
Vinz: Dr. Dre 2001
5. For fans who are eager to hear more music from you, what can they expect in the coming months?
Right now we're in the midst of finishing up our debut album Black Star Elephant, which will be out during fall. The album is a story based on our journey from where we started to where we've come now. We are very excited about releasing it and we definitely feel like this is our best music so far!
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS
And now, the rapid fire round! We asked nico & Vinz a series of silly questions, and here's what they had to say!
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