ill Nicky

Songwriting, Features

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I'm ill Nicky! Aside from being an artist, I also own a recording studio as well as my own indie label, The ill Movement. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to make a living as a songwriter, achieving multi platinum success, and securing placements in shows like ABC's The Rookie, Netflix' All American as well as songs on NBA2K and ESPN.

I offer features as well as tailored songwriting and demo recordings. I can help you create full, cohesive projects or your next hit single. At my studio, Studio 403, I also have access to multi platinum selling producers, engineers, and instrumentalists.

Send me a note through the contact button above.


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Interview with ill Nicky

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I'm very proud of the new music we did with Chanel West Coast. She is a sweetheart but has been mislabeled and misjudged due to a few bad press moments as well as her undeniable success on Ridiculousness. Most people haven't given her a fair shot in music and the music we created together is elevated, versatile and completely true to her. I'm looking forward to the world hearing her new sound.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I just finished my five track EP called Virgil and just signed on a marketing agency. I'm also operating my indie label, The ill Movement and my studio, Studio 403. The goal is to go on tour by February.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Mickey Shiloh, Kevin Anyeji, Will Saulsky, Bast.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Analog sounds better and is much more romantic but digital because I can do a lot more.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise to work with your vision and to help you create music that is not only top of the line professional but unique to you.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I love creating and I love seeing the spark on a creatives face when they hear themselves sound more polished then before.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: I write you music and feature on your songs but I don't market the songs for you. You have to come up with a plan. Which is something that I can also offer - business consultation.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: Do you love what you do? What do you want to make? Why do you want to do music? What are your biggest challenges and how can I help?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Always be true to yourself. Don't create just to be or sound like someone else. Lean into the things that make you uniquely you and worry less about outside validation. You have to live with what you make, so make something you are proud of.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: Boat, motor, gas, rifle, ammo

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I've worked tons of odd jobs such as restaurants, Uber, and a car wash but my career path has been music for a long time. Before that I wanted to be in the NBA but I'm only 5"7 so I made the appropriate decision to switch it up.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Chill melodic rap with new wave pop vibes. Perfect driving music.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: I would love to work with Kanye West or Elton John. To me, both are pioneering musicians who make timeless music.

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: Don't overcomplicate production. Less is more and I find that minimizing production allows the vocalist to shine.

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: I generally like to work on melodic rap, alternative hip hop and new wave pop.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: I have been told that my ability to create memorable and anthemic hooks is my strong suit. As a rapper, I also find that my lyrical content is top tier.

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: I like to turn the mic on and run melodies over minimal production loops. Whatever feels natural is where I start.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: You can visit our Equiptment page here -

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: I am inspired by artists with versatility and production skills such as Kanye West, Travis Scott, Pharrell and also gravitate towards artists who have the ability to effortlessly genre-bend.

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: Most people have asked me for features but I've also specialized in songwriting, mainly creating catchy and memorable choruses for artists of all different genres. As the owner of Studio 403 in LA, I also offer all recording needs.


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