Check out our interview with talented multi-dimensional singer/songwriter and artist Nikki Era who just released her latest single “Lotus.”

This music video marks a new chapter for Nikki Era on finally feeling like a woman and embracing the power that lies in being uncomfortable living in a space where she chooses trust over fear.

Impossible to find any one genre, she experiments in Pop, Dance, Rock, and Alternative mediums. She has written for MTV/Viacom, Universal, Netflix (Julie and the Phantoms), Hulu (Solar Opposites), Sony, Disney, and WWE. Handpicked to co-write JoJo Siwa’s hit phenomenon D.R.E.A.M., which has amassed hundreds of millions of streams and was the namesake for her 2022 world tour. Having grown up performing musical theater and refusing to subscribe to the belief that artists must adhere to a certain genre, Nikki creates different ‘eras’ of musicality.

Follow Nikki @nikki.era

Hi Nikki, please tell us a little about you?

I am a singer/songwriter from NYC! I love creating music in different “eras” because I never want to be boxed into any one sound. Right now I’m releasing music from my album MEGA which is an 80s pop inspired record!

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Open-minded. Optimistic. Tenacious.

Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?

I don’t remember a time that I wasn’t singing. I pretty much always sang and liked performing. It’s when I felt the happiest. My dad was a big part of introducing me to a lot of different kinds of music. We would drive around on the weekends listening to 50s big band, 60s motown, folk music, rock, disco, opera– he introduced me to everything and I would sing along and try to copy the way they sang.

Do you play any instruments?

I wish I could say I do! My fiancé is the guitarist in my band and he’s been playing his whole life. I wish I could go back in time and do the same. I can play the piano but usually just to write and construct chord progressions. I want to get more confident performing with a piano or keytar on stage!

Tell us about your new single Lotus?

Lotus is one of my favorite songs on the album. On the surface it’s just a pop song about the female …body… but really it’s more of a metaphor for feminine energy and power in any form. It’s about evolution and the ability to change and grow. It’s about going through hardship and coming out of it stronger than before.

What’s the story behind the song?

I was working within some toxic circumstances. I found myself surrounded by negativity and ironically it was supposed to be by the very people who were supposed to be lifting me up. I realized at that point I had to water myself. No one was coming to save me. No one was coming to validate me. I had to do it on my own.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

I think the most rewarding part about it is working with other creative people and watching an idea come to life. I’ve always been really interested in the line between reality and fantasy. I like to explore that a lot in my writing. I think it’s so amazing that as human beings we can think of something and then bring it into fruition. When you can collaborate with other creatives and shine a line on their talent as well it’s such a beautiful thing to be a part of. Art is magical.

What would you say are your greatest lessons you’ve learned so far in this business?

The greatest lesson, period, is you need to form an opinion of yourself and stick to it. You define yourself. No one else does that. The more sure you are of yourself the easier it is to navigate a business that is constantly changing and constantly chasing the next sensational thing. And do what you want because you love the feeling of doing it with zero expectation. Expectation can be dangerous when creating.

What advice would you give to your younger self and why?

I would tell her that she’s at the beginning of a very long journey and to have fun and enjoy it most of all. I would tell her to stay fearless and that she’s going to go through a lot of ups and downs but it’s all going to be okay.

If you were a book, what would be the title of the book and why?

Water Yourself.

What’s next for Nikki Era for the rest of 2022 and in 2023?

I am planning on releasing MEGA in totality this Spring. I want to put together some touring dates and get started on the next ERA whatever that may show itself to be!

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

I think I would go back in time and collaborate with Freddie Mercury. QUEEN was so major, so groundbreaking, so tragically fabulous.

What is your own definition of happiness?

Peace of mind. And my two rescue dogs.

Favorite song? Why?

Sprawl II. I think it’s the coolest song ever and I wish I wrote it.

Where can we follow you?

@nikki.era

Favorities:

Book: A Freewheelin’ Time by Suze Rotolo

Quote: “Stars got tangled in her hair whenever she played in the sky.”

Movie: Dirty Dancing

TV Series: Homeland

Travel Destination: Sandy Pond, New York

Sports Team: The Spice Girls lol

 


 

Photo Credit: Savanna Ruedy