‘Idol’ - NIKO - The Art of Being Queer

NIKO is back with the incredible new single 'Idol'

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‘Idol’ is the first in a series of upcoming releases from LA-based Euro-Pop artist NIKO. Inspired by wanting to be seen and heard whilst exploring the search for fame and need for love, ‘Idol’ blends together acoustic elements with textured electronic leads & thumping dance beats.

Talking about the track, NIKO explained, “Idol is a song about wanting to be seen and heard. It is also an exploration of the concept of fame, but it mostly can be interpreted as the need for love - the desire to be somebody’s somebody. Sonically, the song is influenced by 90’s dance and house music, and artists like Robyn, Years & Years and Danny L Harle.

He adds: “I wrote an early version of Idol a couple years ago, but sat on it as I was trying to find the best producer that could bring my vision to life. When I connected with Joakim Buddee, listened to his productions, I knew he was the right fit. We worked on the song completely remotely; he is in Sweden and I’m in the US, and travel was restricted due to Covid. We had Zoom sessions, and went back and forth on email until we finalized the track. I recorded the vocals in a studio on Sunset Boulevard, Joakim mixed the song in his studio in Stockholm, and then we sent it for mastering in Germany. It was a great collaboration for all parties involved.”

Growing up in a household where the radio was always on, his love for music was informed by icons such as Madonna, Britney Spears and George Michael. Fueled by his passion, NIKO formed a band and started performing in local venues in Milan. But it wasn’t until he experienced nightlife, that he discovered a love for dance music: a new door opened, and he started working with DJs as a vocalist.

After moving to the US, NIKO launched his career as an independent artist releasing his first EP “RMNC 21” in 2019, a collection of songs inspired by love and lust. He now lives in Los Angeles where he’s working on his upcoming releases, crafting an uplifting soundscape inspired by European pop, immersed in the California sunshine.


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