It’s those formative years who make us who we are and give us the strength as artists to shine. Nyxx is no exception to the rule, standing strong in her dark pop universe never looking back to the demons of her past. Dark Beauty will continue to seek out and support artists such as the one below. It is with great anticipation to celebrate her with our readers…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in Connecticut, but moved around, spending the majority of my life in Rhode Island. Now I live in Los Angeles.
Describe your musical style in three words:
Bewitching… Provocative… Unearthly…
You’ve stated you had problems with anxiety and depression, how did you find your way through it?
Like many others who deal with anxiety and depression, mine requires continued management. My anxiety is at its lowest when I’m creating. I counterbalance the frustrations of LA, its inhabitants, and my day job with music, photography, video, bookmaking, fashion and what ever I can get my hands on. It’s meditative and cathartic.
How did it feel playing your first show in Los Angeles?
AHHHHHmazing! I had all of my very best friends there. Actually, for many of them, it was their first time hearing me sing! I have terrible stage fright and used to struggle hard with musical confidence. I got amazing feedback from friends and strangers alike. That reassurance was more than I could have asked for.
Your collaborating with producer Danny Armand, how has he enhanced your vision?
I have collaborated quite a bit with Danny Armand over the past few years. He is an incredible producer, writer and creative mind. I would show him these disgusting, bare-boned sketches of songs I had and he would completely get what I had in my mind. That little S.O.B. is off working on developing a new app these days. I have been working with Daniel Graves (of Aesthetic Perfection) which I mean, I’m still kind of stunned that he wanted to work with me! He’s a genius. I have really loved his work for several years and wanted to write with him. One day, I just decided I was just going to email him and ask him to produce a song of mine. He said yes and then came our song Diabolical. I can’t wait to collaborate more with him! You can catch little ol’ me in his upcoming video for LAeX!
When performing live what elements are you using?
I use tracks and other electronic elements, but I play keys and guitar myself. I will be playing live with another keyboardist going forward.
Nightmare, Diabolical, Noose, Blindsided, and Waiting are a few of your song titles. How personal are these tracks and which has the most meaning to you?
I write all of my songs so, naturally, they are very personal. I would say Noose is closest to my heart because I did everything. It’s also my favorite on the EP. Blindsided is the heaviest one for me because of who it is written about. It is about a dude who I was best friends with for almost a decade. Without getting too sappy, he shat on my heart out of the blue… on my birthday. Everything works out the way it should though! It sucked in the moment, but you write a song about it, cry a little, maybe slut it up for a few weeks, and get over it.
Your music video ‘Nightmare’ is haunting, sexy and addictive. We love the direction you chose musically and visually. What did it take for you to become the artist you are now?
Oh my gosh! Thank you! Well, my visuals and musical tastes aren’t really conscious efforts. I am just a fucking weirdo. I often hear that I have a good “brand,” but it’s not like I planned it out. Growing up, I was harassed. Ruthlessly. I was told not to sing the way I do because it sounded “weird.” In high school, the kids followed me down the halls, made fun of me in front of the entire student body, told me I’d never get into Berklee. The whole nine yards. Those experiences through my formative years made me very insecure about my music abilities and style. When I first moved to LA, I was always trying to sound more pop, more like what’s out there, etc. etc. It stemmed from my insecurity and fear. Besides the obvious lack of authenticity, it’s exhausting and unfulfilling to try to be something you’re not. Sam Smith’s 2015 Record of the Year acceptance speech really resonates with me: “Before I made this record I was doing everything to try and get my music heard. I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.”
What did you learn about yourself in 2015?
2015 was probably my biggest lesson in life yet. I feel like I spent the entire year in a cocoon. It was a transitional period. I woke up one day, didn’t see things the same way. I felt empty, trapped, and hopeless. I was severely depressed and barely left the house. Definitely hit my lowest point. I quit drinking. I threw myself into my music. To everyone, I dropped off the face of the Earth. I just needed the time to discover who I really am, what I really want, my priorities and came into 2016 reborn.
Many artists are multifaceted and your no exception. I’d love to know more about the launch your company ‘Nacht Clothing’:
I started Nacht because I’m constantly shopping for things that don’t exist. I started it with a focus on warm weather clothing and accessories. I have too many ideas! I am going to be launching this big, secret project I’ve been working on for a year in January 2017! I was hoping for this summer, but it’s a lot of work to do it all on your own! Just get ready… This shit is incredible!
What’s in your ipod?
Currently being over played: The Neighbourhood’s #000000 & #FFFFFF mixtape. Of course, every song ever by my “husband”, Manson. IAMX, Hocico, Goatwhore, Die Antwoord, and Nachtmahr. I’m also beating to death “Here” by Alessia Cara, “Close” by Nick Jonas & Tove Lo, and “Heal” by Ellie Goulding.
Tell our readers some future musical plans you have coming up:
I have so much planned! Where to begin?! Well, for one, I have new videos coming! “Diabolical” will drop in July! The video is going to be insane. I am really pushing myself conceptually and technically. I shoot everything myself. Again, I appear in Aesthetic Perfection’s “LAeX” video. I am going to start releasing bi-monthly singles and videos. I don’t like her stuff, but when Lady Gaga was just throwing out smash after smash, I was like “YAAAS KWEEN!” I just want to create all day every day. Annnnd of course, touring!
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
What I appreciate about Dark Beauty the most is the acceptance and support. It’s a forum for the “freaks.” Some of these macabre artists are so good and if not getting educated, constructive criticism, they could be discouraged from creating!
Photo credit Banfy, Stephen D Borasch and Nyxx