“I hadn’t been on stage in a year and a half, so I was excited about making this video which is just a classic-style performance video,” says NYC solo artist and electrifying performer Nick Vivid about the video to his newest single, “Trainers,” taken from his upcoming LP No More Secrets (release date: November 12, 2021 viaMegaPlatinum Records). “Even though there was no audience, I went for it as if there were. This will give people who haven’t seen me perform live a little bit of an idea about the kind of show I put on.” The video premiered today viaFlaunt, read the article HERE.
A hint to his dynamic live performances, the video serves as a precursor to his upcoming record release show on November 13th at Brooklyn, NY’s All Night Skate(54 Rockaway Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233). Filmed in a blackout room in Queens, NY, the video was inspired by old Beat-Club TV shows from the early 1970s where bands performed in front of a blue screen. He tells Flaunt, “I wanted to make something that had that kind of look and feel but with my own twist to it. I wanted to make a video that was high energy from beginning to end.”
Musing about applying “cheat mode” (a videogame reference to unlimited lives) to Real Life, Vivid wishes the concept of “Trainers” could be applied to life’s dilemmas in order to get things right. “I feel like once we define ourselves and what our lives are about, we don’t allow ourselves to change,” he says. “I have a choice every day when I wake up to define who I am, whether I realize it or not. If I decide to change some aspect of my life – to start over as it were – then that might lead to something positive.”
“Sonically, ‘Trainers’ was the first song I wrote for the new album that I knew would make the final cut. When I stumbled upon the riff, it was that lightbulb moment. ‘OK, this is gonna be the vibe of the album.‘” The funk swagger that threads its way throughout the No Secrets album started with the first single “Hush Money (Straight to the Bribe)” and continues through the dance vibe of “Trainers.”
While Vivid is a front man/solo musician/song and dance man, he is also a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, keys) as well as engineer and producer – an all-encompassing artist. Introduced to soul and blues music that bleeds through his music, Vivid was raised in Buffalo, NY to a radio DJ father and a glam rock-loving mother whose musical tastes shaped his musical output. Eventually moving to NYC to work with Bill Aucoin (original manager of KISS and Billy Idol), Vivid released a handful of earlier albums but based his new album No More Secrets on themes revolving around the loss of both of his parents in recent years and the life lessons he’s learned from what he calls “intensive meditative pandemic soul searching.”
Not beholden to any trends, Vivid states, “I think I’ve found a way to fuse everything I love about ‘60s psychedelic funk, ‘70s glam rock, ‘80s new wave, and ‘90s hip hop into my own voice. I’ve had friends tell me this is my best album, and others tell me they don’t get it at all, but that it definitely sounds like me. I can appreciate that.”
Vivid’s live concerts are a visual extension of his sonic palette, style and vibe, incorporating synchronized video and light effects working in time with his edgy dance moves and falsetto vocals reminiscent of Prince and Pharrell.
No More Secrets by Nick Vivid will be released on November 12viaMegaPlatinumRecords. The No More Secrets record release party will take place at All Night Skate (bar) in Brooklyn, NY on November 13. Nick Vivid is available for interviews.
1 – Trainers 2 – We Can Ride 3 – Hush Money (Straight to the Bribe) 4 – Blackmail 5 – No More Secrets 6 – I Wanna Reign Again 7 – Ain’t Enough 8 – The Sky is Falling 9 – Blank Slate
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