Hi, I'm Niko! I'm an artist, songwriter, live performer, and session singer with versatility and the ability to vocal arrange/produce and engineer.
Born and raised in the talent filled city of Detroit, native Niko Noir manages to sweep people off of their feet while tapping into R&B with her absorbant voice and expressive pen. Her music is representative of her affinity for introspective and melodic storytelling. Her current sound draws inspiration from new age R&B/Soul. Graduating Detroit School of Arts and attending Bethune Cookman University, Niko has experience in reading sheet music and singing chorally as well. She has managed to open for artists such as Kenyon Dixon with vocals sampled by a plethora of artists such as, but not limited to, ELHAE and Tory Lanez.
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my favorite song from Niko is Error 404, that song speaks to the testament of her mind and it’s conceptions for quality. you hear the heart of truth in all she writes and it is an ever blossoming flower.
10/10. After working with Niko, it is evident that she is a student of the game. Her extensive knowledge of the artform shows in her music. I gave her a concept for a song, and within 4 days, she provided me with a full song that I was overly impressed with. She is the total package. She has a strong sense of melody, her ability to arrange vocals and create harmonies is top tier. She is able to provide feedback and direction to bring out the best result for a song. She will be a valuable asset to any song she is contributing to.
Interview with Niko Noir
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first project 'Blame Niko' that was released in 2021. I'm most proud of it because I released that project with little to no money for promoting or marketing and I'm still impressed with the support it got. Most of the promotion for that project came from friends and family sharing it with others.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on a new age R&B EP.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because a digital music can sound better than any analog music if mixed correctly. Also, there's a lot more you can do with digital aspects.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to be thorough in communication to avoid dissatisfcation.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the creation process entirely. The idea of a song starting from scratch and developing into a piece of art leaves an inspiring feeling for me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A lot of people don't expect me to be so open to ideas, but I love to learn from others and I love to hear different perspectives.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you already have ideas you'd like for me to work with? Who/What is your inspiration? Is there a deadline? Is there anything I should have asked but didn't?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please be thorough about what exactly you're expecting out of the job
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A knife, a phone, a flare gun, a metal cannister, and matches
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: my career path was all things beauty, I'm still involved in that industry and i've been doing it for about 3 years. However, music has all been my first passion.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: my style is absorbant and expressive especially when singing, I'm very attentive to the way I sing certain words and where phrasing should go to give an
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with James Fauntleroy simply because he's such a great writer and vocal producer. His lyricism and uniqueness in his tone/blend plays such a huge part in my process today.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be innovative. In order to do that you have to be open minded to different ideas and sounds.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mostly work on R&B and Soul music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Some may say writing but I think my ability to vocal produce and arrange has been has been my leading capability.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Originality. I take pride in not sounding like everyone else and bringing my own authenticity to a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The process usually depends on the job however, I usually take about 20 minutes to listen and understand the structure of the song and then I'll come up with different arrangements and ideas.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio setup that utilizes a Focusrite interface, an MXL 990 Microphone and I use Logic mostly to record.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by artists such as Brandy, James Fauntleroy, and Jazmine Sullivan.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Background vocals, demos and songwriting