Nixy is a young Dominican artist based in Bilbao who has won the affection of thousands and thousands of people. Topics like No toys in people, by lawamong others, already have millions of views on digital platforms.
At LOS40 Urban, we wanted to know more about this drill master who is making a name for himself in the industry as one of the standards for new generations. The advice they gave him, his biggest recommendation, the success of his songs and his arrival in Spain are some of the topics he talks to us about. I understand!
Question (Q): Hi Nickzzy. How would you define your music?
Answer (R): I would define it as something that people identify with, where I’m singing the experiences of everybody, mostly lower class people who had a harder childhood, who lived on the streets.
Q: Why Nickzzy?
A: I’ve always liked a singer from the Dominican Republic called Amenazzy, and the letters “z” are what make the name stand out. Since my name is Nikki, I added those two z’s. I always learned by singing his songs and was inspired by him. This is for reference.
Nickzzy tells us about the success of his songs / Courtesy photo
Q: Was there anyone who mentored you in the industry?
A: I always have my partner by my side, who was Rakeem, before The Poing. I started with him in this music. He supported me from scratch, he helped me record, there was no place to record and he invited me to his house and everything. He supported me in this, in the videos with his brother. From there we created a very tight circle of people who were really into the music one hundred percent and people who believed in what we could do. And the truth is, my biggest component in music since I started is Rakeem, who is like my brother in everything.
Q: A few of your songs, like By law I don’t play peopleand others, have millions of views. How do you remember the moment you started seeing your music being heard by all these people?
A: The truth is, I really don’t realize it. It’s so spontaneous that from one moment to the next you don’t even realize it, you live the same way. At first I wasn’t that surprised because I was so focused on other things and on continuing to work that I let it go. Today I actually get up and say, “Damn, I’ve been doing this for two years and look at the millions of views it’s gotten.” Don’t deal with people It has 22 million hits and now I see it like I don’t believe it. At first my mom didn’t know anything, I didn’t say anything about releasing songs or anything like that, she thought it was a joke. He told me to learn and one day I learned it and he said, “how’s that”. My family was more surprised than I was. It didn’t give me time to assimilate it because I was busy with other personal things at the same time. I wasn’t as surprised as I could have been. But now I’m really surprised by what I get. If there are singers who spend years to get those hits…that’s an accomplishment. This is my third song as an artist and it’s a priceless achievement. It’s not one of my favorite songs, but it’s the song I value the most when it comes to giving me the courage to keep going. If I have achieved this, I must achieve more.
Question: Now you come with Day for day, a topic where you take stock of everything you’ve experienced so far. What positives and negatives do you get from all this time?
A: It is positive that you are learning, improving your mistakes and above all being professional at work. You see that every time the subject progresses you have to improve yourself more because otherwise you are at a standstill. The bad thing is that you understand that in the musical environment not everything is a world of colors. There are a lot of disappointments that you don’t expect, but oh well. I think the only bad thing is that you get frustrated, that sometimes the audience is so intense that you scratch yourself. You eat the coconut yourself and sometimes you don’t spend as much time with the family. For example, I’m not very affectionate, but there comes a time when I realize that I haven’t seen my mother in three weeks. There are people who are affected differently. Music is a very big business that takes money and a lot of things and even your own mother has a hard time assimilating.
Q: How do you remember the moment you arrived in Spain and started delving into our musical culture?
A: When I came here, the truth is, I only listened to music from my side all the time. When I went out on the street at that time, it was rap, a lot of rap. I remember listening to Nikone, but it was some really crazy rap that I hadn’t mastered yet. I actually didn’t like it very much. Over time I grew to like him. The Latin American is Spanish, but he doesn’t understand much of what is being said to him either. It’s hard for me to even talk right now.
Q: How did you decide to dedicate yourself to music?
A: I didn’t want it forever or anything. To be honest, two years ago. I would always turn on the TV and do intonations like listening to Amenazi songs, trying to sing them like him. Everything that has to do with me, my intonations and everything that I carry from it. He’s a singer I love. I tried to sing like him. I realized I knew how to sing and I could make a theme, write songs and I started uploading two or three freestyles on Instagram. But I deleted it because I was a kid and the least I saw a comment laughing at someone in my class or something, I deleted it. The truth is that it was the boy I told you about, Rakim, who gave me the chance to sing two years ago. He was the one who made me take this step. There is always someone in your life who tells you that you are worth it and in Bilbao people support me a lot. Ever since I released my first song, they have supported me like no other. He was suddenly the only singer with 100,000 hits here in Bilbao in the north. And that was crazy.
Q: Which artists can’t be missing from your playlist?
A: Amenazzy, Rakeem, Central C…
Q: You’ve toured different sounds: drill, reggaeton, Caribbean sounds… Is there one you’re more inclined towards?
A: Training is clearly my forte, it’s the one I get along with the most, the one that drives people crazy, visits get upset and all. But I like to try new things as there is an audience for everything. You always have to look for more, because if I get stuck in training, I don’t progress. I think I’m at a point where I have to show people that I’m really worth it and that I can really be a good singer, that I can represent both my country and the north, Bilbao. To prove that I’m worth it and that I deserve the audience’s love.
Q: What are your future projects?
A: Now I have a project that will be called Elite which is a bit like Day for day but with more feelings, more to listen to. My essence is good lyrics, conscience lyrics and that really identifies you and the experiences and I think that’s something that’s going to be something that you’re going to be able to dance to, but at the same time you’re going to have to listen well and you enjoy. It’s music to dance to, but also to feel. The lyrics are very deep.
Q: What are your goals in the industry?
A: One of my goals is just a goal, it’s to reach the top of music and be a guide for other kids and that, like other singers I’ve been inspired by, to help many people follow the same path as me and show to people that … for example those from my country who live here, those who want to start and are afraid, show them that it doesn’t matter where you come from, how you are, they can make it. I want to be that inspiration that you can. I want to be a bright example of effort and work. The key is to never give up and even if things go wrong, keep working because it’s one day you’re up and another you’re down. That’s something I’ve learned, thank God. I won’t stop working until I get it. One of my goals is to be a reference for everyone who sees me. There are many kids for whom I am an idol and I want to show them that they are not wrong with the idol they have.